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HOW TO: SOCIAL ISOLATION WITH YOUR PETS

03/29/20

Your daily routine is facing major disruptions lately. With work, extra-circulars and all of our free time shifting to time spent at home, you may need some inspiration to help bust your boredom! Here are 10 ways to keep busy with your pets:

  1. Spoil your pet with some homemade treats – whether tuna, peanut butter, pup-cakes or cranberries gets them drooling, we’ve got treat recipes for every taste bud
  2. Go for a walk with your dog – the fresh air will do you good, and there’s nothing like the excited wag of a tail to boost your mood! Just be mindful to keep your distance around other pets and people in your neighbourhood and avoid crowded dog parks.
  3. Break out the bird feeder – the birds are chirping, the sun is shinning, spring has sprung! Dig out your old bird feeder and place it by a window to give your cat some extra enrichment.
  4. Em’bark’ on a pet focused photo shootcheck out these tips to get that perfect pet paw-trait!  
  5. Start a new healthy habit – does brushing your pet’s teeth or coat always seem to fall to the back burner? Now is a great time to start a new healthy routine. Studies show that it takes just 21 days to establish a habit.
  6. Cozy up to a good book – settle in to your favourite read, or try out one of these pet-inspired tails. Do you have young kids at home? Encourage them to read to your pet. Studies show it can help boost their confidence and reading skills.
  7. Stay fit – the gyms are closed, but there’s lots of work outs you can do from the comfort of your home.
  8. Don’t skip on R&R – spending so much time at home, it’s easy for schedules to become muddled. Make sure you take time to unplug and unwind at the end of the day, and that you get enough rest. When in doubt, think like your cat!
  9. Stay connected – while you may be missing your friends and family, your pet may be missing social time with their favourite neighbourhood pal. Stay connected by scheduling a virtual date to Facetime with a bud.
  10. Spend quality time with your dog or cat – it’s a stressful and uncertain time right now, and many people may be feeling anxious. Take a break and hang with your pet. Whether you choose to play a game together or just sit and cuddle, the mental health benefits of our furry friends are endless.

Whichever way you choose to keep busy with your furry family members, we hope that you are keeping healthy and safe. If you’d like to learn more about preparing for COVID-19 with pets, click here.