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Advice and top tips for dog owners during coronavirus

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BT Coleraine

As life under lockdown continues, it can be a difficult time for our pets as well as us.

As if worrying about each other isn’t stressful enough, love in the time of coronavirus extends to our pets, too.

Owners are currently unsure about how to care for dogs when both social distancing and top-notch hygiene are entirely unfamiliar concepts to our furry pals.

In partnership with Robin Bates, Dog Trainer and Behaviourist, Mid & East Antrim council have compiled some top tips to help you through these difficult days with your pet.

– With exercise if our dogs are used to a short walk a day do not feel that suddenly they should have long walks or go jogging, especially in the hot part of the day
– Dogs need quality sleep, up to 18 hours a day in some cases. With us being home more our dogs are not getting quality sleep. If you are working from home, work in a different room
– Instead of extra walks why not do some reward-based training with your dog, add to their mental stimulation with some enrichment games, use puzzle feeders, encourage them to find treats around the house and garden
– Walk in the cool of the morning or evening, it is really too hot for dogs to be on long walks or jogging between 11am and 4 pm
– Make sure you keep gates and doors secured so your dog cannot stray, your dog is your responsibility. Keep them safe as well as other animals and people

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