Dogs everywhere seem to be afflicted with the zoomies these days. With the arrival of winter’s challenging weather coupled with the spike in COVID cases, many pet parents and their dogs are forced to stay socially distant, spend more time in our homes and cancel travel plans for at least the upcoming winter months.
That means some dogs struggle with cabin fever and stress.
“A dog with pent-up energy can become destructive, annoying, frustrated and needy,” says Larry Kay, coauthor of the best-selling The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever, dog filmmaker, and co-host of the popular Positively Woof’s Dog Hugs show on Facebook. “With COVID, we are stuck at home with each other. Instead of seeing that as a negative, let’s find the gold goodies for our dogs and enrich our relationship with them.”
Your mission: make your home “zoomie” safe by channeling your dog’s cooped-up feelings in constructive ways while you are all stuck inside. Teaching your dog new tricks is a way to work your dog mentally and physically.
Kay, who shares his Los Angeles home with a high-energy dog named Spider, says, “Some dogs are so enthusiastic or ‘drivey’ that the challenge is to maintain focus during training sessions in the home. The key is to keep it positive and short and end with a successful jackpot, such as treats.”
He identifies eight strategies to address a dog’s bottled-up energy:
Kay also offers some fun indoor games to better deal with canine zoomies:
Article Source: Fear Free Happy Homes
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