Helping your Dog Thrive on Days Indoors

We know most dogs are social animals who love the outdoors! But what about those days where going outside is limited, like right now during quarantine, rainy days, or your pup is not allowed to go out after surgery? How can you and your pup thrive?

Staying at home and spending more time indoors means you'll have more messes and accidents to deal with. We want to help you and your pup live a healthy, happy life! So here is tips & tricks on how to help your dog thrive (and keep the house in one piece) while you’re both stuck indoors.

Prepare well.

If ever you still have time to prepare, think past the rolls of toilet paper. Instead, also think about what your dog might actually need for the given period ahead. Aside from your groceries and bottles of disinfectant, also stock up on your dog's dog food, supplements, his first aid kit, chew toys, some deworming tablets, medicines (if he's under any medication), etc.

As a pet parent, it is our responsibility to put together and understand how to prepare the immediate needs of our dog to be able to avoid shortages and panic in the midst of all these.

"Staying at home for quite a long time can lead to a lack of exercise, lack of mental stimulation, and boredom. Bored dogs will try experimenting and looking for something to entertain themselves, which can eventually lead to bad behaviors."

Avoid the potty problem.

As mentioned, staying at home means you and your pet are stuck indoors and yes, it can mean a lot of mess and accidents especially if your dog is not house trained, is used to 'doing his business' outside, and if you are living in an apartment or in a house with no private yard.

To be able to avoid these potty problems, you can have your dog wear dog diapers or belly bands to protect your area's floor, carpets or rugs, maintain cleanliness, and avoid constantly going after your dog's disaster. You can also even place pee pads as bedding to his crate, his bed, or to areas where he usually pees or poops.

How can Pet Parents® help? Pet Parents® offers dog diapers, belly bands, and pee pads that allow you to stay indoors. These products have been proven safe for pets and they also come in different colors and sizes so there's always something available for your fur-baby's size and personality! Additionally, what makes these products even better is that they're heavy-duty, can withstand any shredded messes, leak-proof, and economical, too.

Prevent boredom.

Staying at home for quite a long time can lead to a lack of exercise, lack of mental stimulation, and boredom. Bored dogs will try experimenting and looking for something to entertain themselves, which can eventually lead to bad behaviors.

To know if your dog is bored, you can look for:

  • restless behavior
  • excessive and destructive behaviors like excessive chewing, biting, and barking
  • digging up the trash bins inside your house
  • pawing or crying for attention

Although you're not able to keep your dog as physically active as before to prevent boredom, you are still capable of exercising him mentally and keeping him enriched indoors by 1) giving him chews to keep him busy and drive his attention away from chewing on inappropriate and unsafe objects at home and; 2) providing him daily with calming supplements that will help ease his boredom & his anxieties of why you can't take him out for a walk and will help him feel more relaxed given the situation. 3) come up with brain games that will be fun for both your pup and yourself!

How can Pet Parents® help? Pet Parents® offers premium antler chews from elks and deers called Gnawtlers®. Unlike other chew options for dogs, Gnawtlers® are 100% safe, consider your dog's chewing personality, do not splinter or break so easily, and do not have artificial flavoring, dyes, and fragrances. These antler chews will give your dog a longer-lasting chew experience and will keep him away from boredom and chewing on things you're certainly not going to approve.

To complement these antler chews are the Pet Parents® Calming Supplements. These supplements are key to help aid your dog's dilemmas in situations & events that stress him out. These supplements contain Organic Hemp (Seed Powder and Oil) that's rich in healthy fats, proteins, & antioxidants that help manage many health issues, such as pain, inflammation, anxiety, & seizure. These supplements also have soothing qualities that help calm your fur-baby’s body & support tension relief during anxiety by triggering specific receptors to communicate between body systems.

Give your dog regular grooming.

Staying at home during the quarantine or other factors that require you to stay home means you can't take your dog to your favorite pet parlor, so you'll have to do the grooming by yourself.

Even if you're just staying at home and your dog doesn't get dirty too often, it's still important to keep him well-groomed. Brush his coat, see to it there aren't any ticks and fleas camping under his coat, give him a stress-free bath, trim his nails, and brush his teeth. Like a mini spa day! You also want to ensure that your dog's skin and coat health is not compromised so it's likewise important to give him supplements daily that support skin and coat health.

How Pet Parents® can help? Staying at home for a long period of time can develop a dull coat and dry & itchy skin - that’s why you offer your dog Pet Parents ® Skin and Coat Supplements that can help keep dog's skin and coat healthy and shiny. These supplements strengthen your dog’s skin as a barrier, strengthen skin cells and reduces water loss. These supplements contain Alaskan Salmon Oil from Wild Alaska Pollock & are highly concentrated in EPA & DHA that conditions a healthier skin.

Laying pee pads in lounging spots can also easily catch hair and allow your pet to be comfortable. Allowing for easy cleanups.

" These supplements are key to help aid your dog's dilemmas in situations & events that stress him out. These supplements contain Organic Hemp (Seed Powder and Oil) that's rich in healthy fats, proteins, & antioxidants that help manage many health issues "

Being indoors can get pretty boring if you don't know how to manage your time (you've got loads of it!) and have fun. Preparedness and proper management of your dog during these stay-at-home times will have a great effect on your dog's overall well-being and health.

The Author:

Micka V.

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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