Sudden changes in everyday life can affect anyone. It is especially important for dog owners to keep a cool head. Because dogs sense the worries, grief and excitement of their owners. These seven tips can be a first step for you and your dog.
Of course, every dog enjoys having loved ones around them for so long. But he needs clear structures, fixed times for walking, eating, playing, cuddling and also rest. When these are set, the whole family should adhere to them. Everything else means constant stress for everyone.
Animal welfare is anchored in our constitution and that includes caring for a dog in a “species-appropriate” manner. That is why you can and should allow him to move freely in the fresh air every day. Long walks are good for you too.
The dog must be given time to move freely on a daily basis. © Stock.adonbe.com/Tobias Langer
In the event of quarantine, you and all other people living in the household are no longer allowed to go out with the dog. If no dog friend from your circle of acquaintances or relatives can move the dog, ask for a voluntary sitter in your community or at the local animal shelter and inform him in detail about your dog by phone or email. He’s not allowed into the house.
A sick dog has to be looked after by a veterinarian. However, in order to keep the contact with the vet as short as possible, describe the symptoms in a telephone conversation when you make an appointment. If there is another patient in the waiting room, stay in front of the door. You can postpone check-up appointments for a short time and have medication sent to you by post.
Some questions can be clarified with the vet over the phone. © Stock.adobe.com/famveldman
The extreme case hopefully never happens, but having your dog’s pet passport, the details of someone who could look after him, and the veterinarian’s handy will give you a sense of security. A supply of feed for several days does not hurt either.
Many dog schools and trainers also offer webinars and internet lessons in which you can find suggestions for the mental and physical workload of the dog. Network with other dog owners and exchange your experiences until you – finally – can have personal contact again.
The dog can also be kept busy indoors. © Stock.adobe.com/gointstudio
No matter what misfortune occurs, when it will be over, nobody knows. But for the dog, who often has his family around now, the change will be difficult. It is therefore essential that you leave him alone in a room from time to time and do not respond too often to his demands for attention and play. Make plans of what you would like to experience with your dog as soon as you have the opportunity again.
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