It’s every dogs dream situation. Their owners are staying home to lavish them with love, fun and attention.
Seriously. We’ve replaced the sad faces when we say goodbye in the morning with taking them out for an hour walk and playing at home. At the time of writing this, we’re lucky enough to still be able to exercise outside and near our homes which includes taking dogs for a walk.
If this means a lead walk only, alternate between speed walking (or even a jog if you feel up to it) and slowing the pace, giving your dog plenty of time to sniff around and smell who else has been out and about too.
Try to set yourself goals when you’re walking your dog on a lead, varying up the speed on different streets, warming up with a gentle walk, picking up the pace for a couple of streets then slowing the pace to an amble and a sniff (your dog, not you).
Another tip is to vary your route EVERY time you go out. Even if you’re only able to walk through streets, there are loads of variations you can do. Challenge yourself to pick different streets, walk in a different direction and find hidden gems you never even knew existed right on your doorstep.
Keep your distance from anyone else by at least 2 meters / 6 foot (think of the height of a door frame in front of you as you walk) and the streets are your oyster right now.
Some people are fortunate to be close to open fields or spaces where their dogs can safely run off lead, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. You still need to keep your distance, avoiding busy times when others are likely to be there. Vary your walk timings to work out the quietest times. We tried different times and noticed even a 15-minute difference meant our local spot was completely empty!
Remember to stay tuned for updates during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it relates to exercising and walking your dog. In these unprecedented times, the information and guidelines can change quite rapidly.
Now the weather is getting warmer and the hours of daylight are deliciously longer, you can take advantage of any outdoor space you have. From small back yards to a suburban garden, there’s always some fun to be had.
We’re giving away a cosy #stayhome treat for your dog. Enter for the chance to win a cosy fleece pet blanket. Made from a snuggly cosy cover and a waterproof reverse, it’s great for coving furniture, laying in a sunny spot or taking into the garden. Pop it into your washing machine for an easy clean, too.
Post a photo on Instagram or Facebook of your stay at home fun and you’ll be entered into the prize draw. Simply use #stayhomewithgingerted and tag us in your photos on Instagram or Facebook.
1. Competition closes on 30.04.20 at 2pm GMT
2. For your chance to win a Ginger Ted Cosy Fleece Pet use #stayhomewithgingerted
3. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Facebook and Instagram with 48 hours of the competition closing.
4. The prize of a Ginger Ted Cosy Fleece Pet Blanket is not changeable and no cash equivalent will be given.
5. No purchase necessary.
6. Over 18's only.
7. Open to residents in the UK.
8. Ginger Ted Ltd reserve the right to change or cancel this giveaway at any time.
9. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook or Instagram.