Health, conduct, play and dance lessons with dogs (what ?!)
All the tips for dealing with our puppies during the Corona era
By: Dafna Nudel, Dog Trainer
The new guidelines and this confusing period have raised many questions, uncertainties and concerns about proper behavior with our dogs. On the one hand, every canine professional testifies and exhorts the great importance of the discharging of mental and physical energy for maintaining the dog's mental well-being; on the other hand, the new restrictions do not allow a quality dog walk to meet these needs.
Despite that, don't worry!! The best news is that these days can be utilized to best strengthen our relationship with our good friend on four.
So, what are the main dilemmas in proper, safe and healthy behavior with our dogs and how can you enjoy it even when adhering to the guidelines?
Health: According to all Health Ministry guidelines, dogs cannot be infected by or infect others with Corona. They can also be used as transfer surfaces, so despite the difficulty, please refrain from allowing those outside of your household to pet your dog, wash your hands frequently and avoid contact with your face as much as possible. It is advisable to clean leashes and collars. After walking the dog, wash your hands. It is recommended to disinfect hands after collecting needs.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Animal Organization (OIE), there is currently no evidence that a dog, cat or other pet can transmit the COVID-19 corona virus to humans. Therefore, there is no justification for taking action against pets that may harm their well-being.
The virus is mainly distributed in droplets that are created when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks, and the best way of defense is to thoroughly and frequently wash hands with water and soap.
Regardless of the corona virus, after every contact with animals it is advisable to wash your hands well as they may transmit bacteria or other parasites.
A person infected with the Corona COVID-19 virus should also isolate himself from the animals in his possession, with an emphasis on hugging and kissing animals in his home and letting others take care of them."
Veterinary treatments: Check with your veterinary clinic regarding their activity. Most of the clinics are now in emergency mode, and if there is any doubt you should call a doctor at the regular veterinary clinic.
Veterinarians can be consulted for non-emergencies in the Facebook group Ask a veterinarian (in Hebrew).
It is advisable to avoid seeking treatment for non-emergencies as much as possible.
Ways to strengthen your bond and release energy: Or in other words, how to keep the dog from freaking out?!
Releasing physical energy is an important tool for a dog to maintain its spirit and mental well-being. A tired dog is a happy dog!
There are quite a few ways to discharge physical and mental energy in the home! Discipline, relaxation, tricks, dog dancing, proper acting and routing, exploration and searching – all of these and more can be practiced and studied together, with short exercises during the day. Due to the Corona crisis, wonderful and talented trainers offer free online lessons, counseling, guidance and training or at very low costs, to make the most of the quality time with our dogs.
Discipline and general conduct at home:
While our dogs are now enjoying the time we are at home, dog owners fear the day they will return to routine and their dogs will give up on their own. This is a great time to practice discipline commands and teach your dog the behavior expected of him at home, and thus relaxation and rest times in its place. It is important that the place is not adjacent to the owner in order not to develop a dependency that may aggravate abandonment anxiety.
A wonderful tutorial post was uploaded by @eyal twena in the group: Dog Training Everything You Wanted to Know (in Hebrew). 7 Guidelines for Isolation Behavior to Prevent Regression in Your Dog.
You can find free tutorials, discussions, challenges and explanations in the group's post. You can also find ideas, tricks and tips for dog training and education as well as fun facts and discussions about dogs.
Play: Another equally important way to discharge energy at home is through play. Did you know that through proper play, we can improve our dog's connection, listening and motivation?
In the coming days, a series of free dog training videos will be uploaded to the "It’s All About Dogs" group using toys that are found in every home, under the guidance of instructor @Oren Adika.
Anyone interested in participating in the lessons is welcome to contact me for details on how to receive free guidance on Zoom.
Exploration: Exploration is one of the best known and recognized areas of the dog world, but for whom is it suitable? For everyone! Any dog can practice and play investigative and sniffing games. The huge advantage of these games is that they are easy to perform and do not require much time or space. In fact…you can practically practice while sitting on the couch! All you need is a pencil case and food (advanced stages also involve a toy). Basic tutorials can be found across the web. For those who are interested in investing, the talented instructor @Rotem Serphos offer a Zoom workshop in groups or individuals. You can contact him for details.
Scent game that require a lot of thinking and use of the senses ultimately are a fun, satisfying and enriching way of spending energy for the dog.
Dancing with dogs: Dancing with dogs is a lesser known sport in the country, but it is especially cool that in recent years it has raised awareness and is gaining momentum! It is also suitable for any dog and can be practiced anytime, anywhere! All you need is a soft surface, food and dog. In a dance with dogs the owner and the dog perform a routine of tricks and exercises together that they have built in advance according to a chosen song. Basically, it is the construction of choreography with a dog.
Dog dancing combines learning tricks, body awareness, discipline, accuracy and most of all, lots of fun!
@Stavit Budin Israel Champion in a dance with dogs, uploads live (also recorded) tutorials of tricks and dance steps to her homepage: @make a move. You can follow and contact her for details on online courses.
Equipment: Most pet stores are operating in an emergency format and equipment can currently be ordered for delivery including all dog supplies, grooming products, leashes and of course food.
On a personal note, for any questions or concerns about your dog's behavior, behavioral issues, problems or just questions and comments, please contact me for details on setting up a Zoom meeting at no cost.
Take care of yourself, your health, your smile and follow the guidelines.
Article by Dafi Nudel
Dafna (Dafi) Nudel is a dog therapist and trainer. Today she trains dogs in private and public settings and works with the therapy and emotional support of dogs. She is a a student in advanced dog training studies, dog training and dog therapy.
She can be contacted at email@example.com