I have had a lot of questions about walkies under the new lockdown rules and wanted to share some thoughts.
Also, you know that we’re really just living our dogs’ life, don’t you?! For those of us with no choice but to stay at home, we’re limited as to what we can eat, our exercise routine has been determined by someone else and our freedom of choice has been taken away; for our own safety. When you’re looking for coping mechanisms, remember the basics; exactly what you do for your dog; water, regular meal times, exercise, enrichment, rest… and kindness.
There will be much more on this in our Thursday emails and over on my blog, but for now, I want to talk about walkies and then our commitment to you during this time.
I know that everyone’s circumstances will be different and you have to follow the guidance that has been set out for your specific circumstances, but if you can get outside for your daily exercise, please do so. If there’s more than one of you in the household able to get out, then each one of you can take the dog(s) and they’ll be living their best lockdown life.
Be careful when you’re out and about. Obviously we all need to adhere to the social distancing rules, but we need to be additionally careful with our dogs. It seems sensible to walk on-lead to reduce any risk of our dogs inadvertently spreading the virus. We know that they can carry it on their body, so even if we’re keeping our distance, our dog could run over to say hello to a friend in the park and there’s an element of risk. The priority is reducing the spread of the virus and we all have a part to play.
While we’re talking about safety, on-lead walkies also reduces the risk of our dog having an accident, eating something they shouldn’t or getting lost. Our vets need us to be extra-cautious; they have to keep their staff teams safe in order to be available for emergencies. The capacity to mobilise for a lost dog has been significantly reduced. Also, for those of us in more rural areas, it’s still lambing season, so the lead is our friend.
If you’re worried about ways to entertain and occupy your dog with one walk a day or you need to stay indoors, I’ll share ideas and activities in our Thursday emails, our training club will have a new ‘indoor enrichment’ section and I’ll put some videos of what we’re doing with Mr Bear on our social media channels.
Our Commitment To You
Canine Perspective CIC is not going anywhere. I’m not going to lie, things aren’t easy. Like everyone else, we have been hit hard by the cancellations of our workshops and everything else we do, but we practice what we teach and we’re resilient!
So, we’re in this together.
The Thursday emails will be sent out, Luna will still email her favourite people on a Monday (you’re very welcome to join #TeamLuna) and our online club is going to be the main focus, for obvious reasons. THANK YOU so much to all of the people that have joined us this week and please don’t underestimate the boost that continues to give me.
There will be more heading your way, but we’re in this for the long haul and I don’t know about you but I’m already overwhelmed by the hundreds of online exercise classes, art classes, cooking classes, meditation classes and a challenge for every day of the week. We’re at the beginning of this, so I want to set myself up to succeed, take a moment to plan how best I can serve you in addition to our usual free offerings and then deliver on that promise.
If you have any questions about how to navigate the lockdown with your dog, feel free to get in touch.