Social distancing and dogs
Dogs and social distancing after the lockdown? As we manage the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves doing things we have not done before. And one of those things is social distancing; a rule we might need to keep for a while even after the lockdown ends. Government health departments are for example advising the public to stop social activities, including group gatherings and workouts at the gym. When you are in nature, however, you are away from people (you can control the distance between you and another person), which makes outdoor activities a great alternative to the no-no’s set by the Department of Health.
What are the no-no’s for dogs during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- No play dates. Sorry guys. Your furkid can’t drive himself to a play date.
- Group training sessions. Again, unless your furkid can take himself to a class, you will have to accompany him. This puts you in a group situation which is exactly what you should avoid during this time.
What activities can I do with my dogs while social distancing?
- Go for a walk/run
- Go for a hike
- Play in the garden
- Teach your dog a new trick (and remember that award for getting it right!) Try Niblets training treats made from ostrich
- Grooming. Dogs love being groomed
Why is it good to be outdoors with your dogs during this pandemic?
- Being outdoors relieves stress
- Walks, runs and play relieve boredom
- Walks and runs are great exercise
For more information on social distancing, visit the SA Coronavirus Online Portal. And, always remember to practice good hygiene while handling your pets, such as washing your hands before and after touching them. According to the CDC (last reviewed Match 16, 2020), they have no evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. The CDC further states to practice good hygiene around pets to protect you and your family from other germs, including:
- Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies
- Practice good pet hygiene and clean up after pets properly
- Take pets to the veterinarian regularly and talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health.