Dogs Trust, Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity understands that dog owners may be concerned about how to look after their dogs if they need to self-isolate and stay at home or if they are now working from home.
The charity advises self-isolating dog owners to try to make alternative arrangements for someone to look after their dog until they feel better, so the dog can continue with their normal exercise routine. If that’s not possible, there are lots of ways to keep dogs happy and healthy within the comfort of their own homes.
From activities involving their favourite treats and toys, to building doggy dens and treasure hunts, there are ample ways dog owners can keep their dog active, without stepping outside their front door.
Karla Dunne, Head of Operations at Dogs Trust said: “There are lots of simple ways to keep your dog occupied such as hiding some of your dog’s favourite treats in different rooms around the house and see how quickly they manage to locate them. If your dog enjoys playing, show them some love by spending time playing their favourite game with them. Why not teach your dog a new trick? We have lots of easy to follow videos on our website – DogsTrust.ie”
Becky Bristow, Executive Director, Dogs Trust Ireland explains: “If you are not self-isolating, the current Government guidance is that it’s okay to go outside to walk your dog, but to keep your distance from others, so you may wish to avoid popular dog walking spots.
While it is not proven that coronavirus (COVID-19) can be transmitted between humans and dogs, we would always recommend washing your hands before and after interacting with your pet, but we will continue to monitor this and take guidance from the World Health Organisation.”
Dogs Trust are urgently appealing to dog lovers for their help. Like many businesses and charities, they have had to make the difficult decision to close the Rehoming Centre to the public temporarily. They need your support, now more than ever, to keep caring for Irish dogs as usual behind the scenes. As a charity that receives no Government funding, they are solely reliant on the generosity of the public to continue their life-saving work across Ireland. In these challenging times, your generosity will save lives, and ensure unwanted dogs and puppies can continue to receive the love and expert care they need to get them back on their paws again. Please donate what you can through their website or by Sponsoring a Dog or a Puppy Playgroup online.