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Contingency Plan for Dog Owners: 7 Tips You Should Know

Whether it’s a virus epidemic or a natural disaster, there’s no harm in being prepared for emergencies. Dog owners can get through tough times with these tips.

Sudden changes in everyday life can affect anyone. It is then particularly important for dog owners to keep a cool head. Because dogs can feel the worries, grief and excitement of their owners. These seven tips can be a first step for you and your dog.

Introduce routine into everyday life

Of course, every dog enjoys having their loved ones around them for so long and intimately. But he needs clear structures, fixed walk, eat, play, cuddle and rest times. Once these are established, the whole family should adhere to them. Everything else means constant stress for everyone.

Walks on the gas are cancelled, walks remain

Animal welfare is enshrined in our constitution and that includes caring for a dog in a “species-appropriate” manner. That’s why you can and should give him free exercise in the fresh air every day. Long walks are good for you too.

What to do if you have to quarantine?

During a quarantine, you and all other people living in the household are no longer allowed to go outside with the dog. If no dog friend in your circle of friends or relatives can walk the dog, contact your community or local animal shelter for a volunteer sitter and give them detailed information about your dog by phone or email. He’s not allowed in the house.

What to do if the dog has to go to the vet?

A sick dog needs veterinary care. However, to keep contact with the vet as short as possible, describe the symptoms over the phone when you make an appointment. If there is another patient in the waiting room, stay in front of the door. You can postpone check-up appointments for a short time and have medication sent to you by post.

Prepare for emergencies

Hopefully the extreme case never happens, but it gives you a sense of security to have your dog’s pet passport, details of someone who might care for them, and details of the veterinarian handy. Even a supply of food for several days does no harm.

Be creative for home workouts

Many dog schools and trainers also offer webinars and online classes where you can find ideas for mental and physical exercise for the dog. Network with other dog owners and share your experiences until you can – finally – have personal contact again.

There is also an afterlife

No matter what calamity strikes, when it will be over, no one knows. But for the dog, who now often has his family around, the changeover will be difficult. So make sure you leave him alone in a room from time to time and don’t give in to his demands for attention and play too often. Make plans about what you would like to experience with your dog as soon as you have the opportunity to do so again.

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