Please note, while there is no evidence that dogs can transmit coronavirus, if you are self isolating please refer to the the World Health Organisation (WHO) website for guidance on interaction with pets which is changing (for the better!) daily.
Some people will have to work from home, others will have children and other dependants that need their attention so keeping the dog occupied while you carry out those tasks uninterrupted can ease frustration.
If you fancy buying some toys, we can recommend a few great small brands who provide long lasting interactive food toys.
Keep in Contact
We live in a time where keeping in contact is incredibly easy with unlimited options. Text, Calls, emails, video calls all available through online providers free of charge.
As a small business owner I have relied on several groups on Facebook, Instagram and other social media for advice, support and sometimes just an ear to bend.
Now social media can be a problem; the constant bombardment of negative information can sometimes feel like a bombardment and is hard to process which really is not great for our mental health. However, hidden between the negativity, there are also some really inspiring happy groups available.
This is applicable to both individuals and small business owners - Check out facebook and see what groups there are that are relevant to you. Search by your business type, industry areas, hobbies and local area. You might even make some face to face friends to meet when this is all over. Here are my recommendations of some super friendly groups for dog lovers below!
If you are a small business owner, speaking to like minded individuals can be really helpful, especially when so many of us are facing a difficult few months as business are inevitably going to be impacted. Here are two of the groups that I can recommend you joining for a happy, constructive space:
Petrepeneur Virtual Office - This small group is a safe space to bounce ideas off other pet businesses, have a laugh, share funny stories & frustrations and basically feel like you are part of a team.
Nottingham Petworking - This is a local group aimed at people who run pet businesses in close proximity to the midlands. While it's not advisable to go to groups during the outbreak the group offers a great digital space to network with people in the area and make new friends that you can meet with when this is all over!
Send someone a card. We always send cards for occasions but can you imagine the smile on your family member or friends face when they open a card with one of these gorgeous smiley pooches on? You can view the whole Dotty Dog Art range here!
Pick up a new hobby... (or three!)
Stock Up but Shop Small.
If you've not spent all your pennies on toilet roll...
If you are going to be stuck at home it may as well be comfortable, and you can help some small businesses while you are at it! Here are our top ten small business purchases to help you get through the crisis.
Exercising at Home
If your not quite ready to share your yoga mat, there are more traditional activities that can be done at home and in the garden while you are observing social distancing. Why not set up an agility course? Using old fence posts, cricket wickets etc you an easily set up a weave in the garden with limited space. Or if your dog is more athletic you can try setting up some jumps! (Just make sure not to put them too high at first and if they are fixed ensure they are made of soft materials to prevent any injuries!)
Other indoor ideas are hide and seek (you can practise those waits while you are at it!) or a good old game of fetch with a soft ball are perfect ways to burn off some excess energy.
Do your bit where you can.
We use Easy Fundraising and support our chosen charity Candy Cane through here when we make online purchases. If you would like to try the website, you can use our referral link which will give a £5 donation if you raise £5 for your own cause in the first year of sign up.
We hope that these tips will provide some useful ideas for you during this time. If you have any ideas, please let us know in the comments below!
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