The “Lockdown light” has been in place since the beginning of November. Social contacts are again severely restricted, most of them are working from home again. This means that dog owners also usually spend more time at home and thus in the vicinity of their dog. This also causes many to commit fatal mistakes that can harm the dog. Read here what not to do under any circumstances during lockdown.
Those who are at home longer can also spend more time with the dog. The hours that you were out and about before the lockdown are now probably spent at your own home. This means that your dog is also less alone.
Even if you would like to spend every single second with your dog now, you should refrain from doing so. Your dog is sure to be happy that you have been with him longer. But he too had an everyday life before the lockdown. Routine is important for dogs. So, of course, extra playing time is allowed, but don’t overdo it. Give your dog the space he needs.
Do not press your dog. © stock.adobe.com/Sonja
Since routine gives your dog security, you should also pursue everyday rituals during the lockdown. If you no longer have to commute to work from home, you can probably sleep in a little longer during the lockdown. You should still keep to the usual walking and feeding times.
In this way, the dog keeps his usual everyday life and is not confused. It also saves you the work of getting the dog used again when the lockdown is over.
Keep the usual walking times. © stock.adobe.com/Karoline Thalhofer
Even if you spend more time with your dog now, you shouldn’t give him more treats than usual. The small snacks are real calorie bombs. Dog owners often lose track of how many treats they have already given their dog.
Tip: Put the amount of treats you want to feed throughout the day on a plate in the morning. If the plate is empty, no more is refilled. So you always keep an eye on how much your dog has actually eaten.
Notice how many treats your dog has had. © stock.adobe.com/Peter Kim
Many tend to move less during lockdown. Even if you should stay at home most of the time, dog owners still have to go out several times a day. The dog must be able to exercise its physical strength and be able to do its business. Make sure to give your dog plenty of exercise even during lockdown.
As everyday life changes for the person in lockdown, many tend to mess up the dog’s routine. You should refrain from doing this, however, as it could confuse the dog. You will then also have the task of getting your dog used again after the lockdown.