How to Keep Your Dog Entertained While Quarantined

At first, I thought quarantine wouldn’t be so bad. I planned on catching up on a few shows and listening to new podcast episodes of Guy Raz’s How I Built This. One day in and I realized I forgot something – these forms of entertainment won’t work on our four-pawed Chief of Testing, Baby G. I spent day two of quarantine compiling a list of dog friendly activities that could be done in the safety of our home and thought I’d share them with you.

If you’ve tried any other activities, please email us so we can share them with the rest of the Shaya community.

1. Tug-a-war

You can use a rope toy, or make your own out of an old towel, and play a friendly game of tug-a-war (and let them win every once in a while).

2. Hide treats around the house

Hide frozen peanut butter balls, or your pup's favorite treat in little corners around your home. Just be sure to pick places where they can’t tear anything apart.

3. Rotate the toys they play with

When you hide a toy from your bff for a while and bring it back it’s like a new toy for them. Baby G does best with two toys at a time and then I rotate out a new pair every 2 days for a 10-day rotation (yes, she has a lot of toys).

4. Give them the age old stuffable toy

Stuff a Kong toy or another “stuffable” toy with peanut butter or yogurt, freeze it, and then give it to your dog so they can go at the treat while it’s cold.

5. Chase shadows

Use a lamp light or your phone to create shadows of your hand that your dog can chase at nighttime to get them tired and ready for bed.

6. Teach your dog a new trick

Believe it or not, Baby G hasn’t learned how to shake hands yet. I plan on teaching her how to “paw” while spending time together in our apartment. Think about something fun you’ve always wanted your dog to do and start training them a little every day.

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