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Since confinement, walks in the forest or in parks have given way to short outings in the city around the home. But this is not inevitable ! Anouck Arnould, canine educator and behaviorist in Val-d’Oise, gives us valuable advice so that this period of confinement goes as well as possible.
In this period of confinement, how to reconcile the needs of your dog to go out with the derogatory constraints? Indeed, if you are used to going for long walks in the middle of nature and to let go of your animal to let him wander as he pleases, his daily life is greatly modified and can have effects on his behavior. Don’t panic, there are solutions and tips to help your pet come out of this period with a high nose!
MAKE IT SNIFF!
“In general and despite the confinement, it is important to continue to take your dog out on a daily basis”, explains Anouck Arnould.. The goal is to prioritize quality over quantity. “To do this, try to find places that are calm – in this period, it is not difficult – and smell interesting,” she says. In fact, the more your dog will have his nose on the ground, the more he will be spent! “This cognitive activity is more effective in tiring your animal than just throwing a ball or jogging. On the contrary, practiced alone (without an additional walk), these activities cause excitement in the animal which, once back home, suddenly finds itself locked up without activity, which leads to a certain frustration and emotional difficulties … ” The walk is obviously highly recommended, even for those who have a garden. “Take advantage of the situation to take your dog for a walk! The garden doesThe walk is very important . Confinement or not, ”she concludes. Be careful, however: those who do not usually take their dog out and start to do so during this period, be sure to find a niche to continue to do so afterwards. Otherwise, your companion could have a bad time.
CHOOSE A LONGER LEASH
Anouck Arnould also advises to extend the leash, or even to take a long tether completely. It will of course be necessary to shorten it on the sidewalk but, as soon as you find a clear place, give your dog some slack so that he can go right to left, where his flair leads him and move as he wishes. “The less tension or pressure on the leash , the more effective the ride will be,” she adds.
SHOULD WE AVOID CONTACT WITH CONGENERS?
If you walk your dog on a leash, it is best to avoid encounters with other dogs. “Indeed, the two dogs will be restricted in their communication, they will not be able to turn around to feel and the leashes can curl up and promote contact between the two adopters. When you see a dog in the distance, it’s best to change the route or turn around, explains the educator. There is no rush, a dog can go without encounters for several weeks. ”
24 HOURS A DAY WITH YOUR DOG, A GOOD THING?
Your dog is lucid, he realizes that the situation is unusual. He finds himself locked up in his home, with all the members of the family, often with children, when he is usually alone. “Some humans can also have a bad time during this period, can be depressed, arguing, the children can be very excited … But the dog is an emotional sponge. Some will be able to get through, others, more sensitive, will be affected by the situation, ”says the behaviorist from Val-d’Oise. The most important thing is therefore to promote moments of calm during the day when the animal will not be called upon: no play, no hugs, no discussion. “Try not to cause him excitement, to let him be bored and take care of himself”, advises Anouck Arnould.To do this, nothing like chew toys, bones or deer horn . “The chewing action releases a lot of pressure in the dog. Then, the dog sleeps a lot normally, so he must be able to rest, ”says the educator.
Indeed, spending those few weeks receiving a lot of attention can cause emotional difficulties when life returns to its normal course. “I wouldn’t be surprised, in a month, if people were talking about destruction or barking problems in the home. I often have the case of people who go on vacation with their pets for a fortnight and tell me that since they came home things have not been going well, so imagine after six weeks! So, of course, this confinement will most certainly strengthen the bond that you have with your animal, but you have to be careful to measure all this well! In any case, if you encounter any difficulties, do not hesitate to call on behavioral and dog training professionals who continue to intervene remotely in this unprecedented period.