Social distancing for dogs is just as important as it is for people! Do you know why your dog needs to stay clear of other people and dogs? We are going to let you know.
Walking, running, biking, outdoor exercise in general is a good thing during this pandemic. Fresh air is healthy for dogs and humans. Get out and exercise with your canine buddy, but both of you need to use the 6 foot rule to avoid other humans and their dogs. It’s hard for us because we love to meet people and other dogs, but we are not allowed to do that right now.
Humans have the 6 foot rule to follow, and dogs should follow it as well. As with humans, family is a different case, and your dog can be with other family pets and the family humans as long as they are not sick and quarantined. So if dogs can’t get COVID-19, what is the big deal?
- Humans are the ones spreading the germs around. If other humans pet and breathe on your dog, their germs end up on your dog. When you get home and pet and snuggle with your pup, you get those germs right off their furs!
- Other dogs also carry the germs of their humans. If your dog spends time playing with a dog friend, some of the germs on their friend will end up on their furs, and eventually on the humans.
Even if you have a shelter in place order, exercise is typically allowed. Go out early in the morning before others are out and about to avoid running into other dogs and humans. If you go out at a busy time, keep your distance. We use 6 foot leashes, so it is easy to tell how far 6 feet really is, but if others are around, keep those leashes short. 6 feet is also about the length of a park bench. Keep moving, don’t let your humans stop to chit chat. Get outside, do your planned route, and get back home.
Stay safe everyone and enjoy the time locked up with your humans in a safe way. When you are out, remember social distancing for dogs and humans. We will have some more quarantine tips next week for you.
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