Dogs Trust issues advice for dog owners during Covid-19 pandemic

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Rescue Boxer, Collie cross Bandit enjoying a dog puzzle indoors during Covid-19 pandemic, one of many tips from Dogs Trust Ireland on how to keep your dog happy!

IRELAND’S largest dog welfare charity has issued advice for dog owners who may be concerned about how to look after their dogs while at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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 says there are a number of way to keep your dog occupied at home “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”.

Former Dogs Trust Ireland resident Chihuahua cross, Obie, keeping busy with his teddy bear Photograph: ©Fran Veale

“If your dog enjoys playing, show them some love by spending time playing their favourite game with them,” she said, adding, “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.

The group say that “your generosity will save lives” during this time of uncertainty, and ask people to donate what they can to get unwanted dogs and puppies “back on their paws again”.

You can support Dogs Trust through their website.