Helping Your Dog Survive During a Quarantine
Quarantine means no one goes out — and that includes your pup, unless you have a private outdoor space for them. Here’s how to help your dog thrive while you’re both stuck indoors.
By Sassafras Lowrey
March 17, 2020
The only good thing about Covid-19 is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.), World Health Organization (W.H.O.) and other experts are in agreement that there are no meaningful signs that our pets can get this virus or spread it. That said, although our pets aren’t getting sick, Covid-19 is changing the lives of pets across the country, especially for dogs and in particular those living in apartments.
If you are not yet quarantined and have time to prepare, think beyond toilet paper and instead, about supplies for your pets that you need to have on hand.
Heather Loenser, D.V.M. and senior veterinary officer at the American Animal Hospital Association, expressed concern that many pet owners weren’t going to be prepared with the supplies that they might need if they weren’t able to leave their homes for a couple of weeks. Pet food and cleaning supplies should be at the top of your list for things to stock up on. Dr. Loenser also advises pet guardians to plan to have extra monthly preventive medication for conditions like flea, tick and heartworm, as well as any prescription medication and specialty diets that your pet may need. If you are not yet needing to quarantine and your pet hasn’t been to the vet in a while, now is a good time to go and make sure that your pet is up-to-date on all vaccines.
Keep them enriched, indoors
Although you might not be able to keep your dog as physically active while under quarantine, you can still keep your dog mentally exercised. Dr. Loenser advised owners to “consider getting puzzle toys or treat dispensers to use in the house.”
Ms. Edshteyn suggested that you could “feed all meals from food toys,” which would make mealtime more enriching for your dog.
Looking to distract yourself and your dog? Ms. Edshteyn said that training goes a long way toward stimulating and exercising dogs who were stuck inside during a quarantine. She suggested saving one of your dog’s daily meals to use as rewards for training sessions. Dogs who are used to a lot of physical activity can handle more physically demanding training such as physical tricks like spins, rollovers, sitting pretty or weaving between an owner’s legs. If you and your pets are struggling, it’s always a good idea to reach out by phone to your vet or dog trainer. You can even make puzzles for your dog with items you already have around your home. Two simple puzzles that will entertain your dog:
- Box Puzzle: If you have been getting a lot of deliveries, you probably have boxes. With your dog in another part of the apartment, arrange empty boxes on the floor and hide treats in some of the boxes. Show your dog the boxes and let your pup use its nose to find the hidden treats. Rearrange the boxes with more treats.
- Cupcake Puzzle: Take an empty cupcake baking tray and 12 (or as many as you have) tennis balls. Place treats or pieces of your dog’s kibble into some but not all of the baking tray’s cups, and cover all of the cups with the tennis balls. Show your dog the tray and see how long it takes for your dog to move the right balls to find the hidden food. Each time you play, change where you place the treats in the baking tray.
The challenges of isolation
Like people across the country and around the world whose lives have suddenly been turned upside down by Covid-19, dogs who are stuck in quarantine with their owners may experience stress and even depression.
Ms. Edshteyn said that “we might see an uptick in depressive behavior like trouble sleeping, losing their appetite, not wanting to play or seeming listless,” but that some dogs might also “become more destructive and anxious, exhibiting behavior like increased reactivity, increased barking or difficulty settling.” She added that increasing enrichment and structured playing inside the home could help. “Most of the time, dogs want something to do, and when that’s taken away, they can struggle,” she said. The same goes for their human companions.
WELCOME to Adopt Me! Dog Rescue
Adopt Me! Dog Rescue is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to rescuing stray, abandoned and surrendered dogs of all breeds, vetting them, training them and then finding them suitable forever homes. We are a small group and intend on staying that way, our goal is to use our resources on training and vetting the dogs, so when adopting a dog from Adopt Me! you will know that the training has been started vetting is thorough and they will adjust easier to a new home.
Adopt Me! Dog Rescue is a foster based rescue so we can only take in animals as room is available. We are a no kill rescue, we work on training issues and do everything possible to find quality homes for the dogs, we will not, however, place a dangerous dog back out into the public.
None of our adoptable dogs are kept in kennels; they are all fostered in our homes and live with our own personal pets and families. All pets are vetted, altered, they are house trained or have started their training, they are socialized, started on obedience training and have begun the spoiling aspect of family life!!
Many of our animals come from local impound facilities where they would have been euthanized if we had not rescued them. This is their chance at a new home; they are great dogs whose only flaw was their color, size, location or lack of training.
Adopt Me! Dog Rescue does its best to assure all animals are healthy prior to going to their new homes. However, there is no guarantee when adopting an animal, there are things that veterinarians miss. We recommend re-worming along with an exam by your regular vet within 5 days of the adoption. Medical needs may come up at the new owner’s expense; it is part of being a pet parent. Many of these dogs came from very poor situations; their lives depend on us and their new owners.
Adopt Me! Dog Rescue spays or neuters all dogs before adoption; they are also vaccinated for Parvo/Distemper, wormed, heartworm tested and microchipped.
Donations can be made using the PayPal button or mailing to Adopt Me! Dog Rescue PO Box 1750 Minnetonka MN 55345. THIS IS ONLY A MAILING ADDRESS! Thank you very much!!!
Adopting a friend…
To adopt a dog, fill out an application and email it to us at email@example.com Then we will contact you back and set up a time for you to come and meet the friend you are interested in. (We do ask for references and you must have landlord approval). If we feel it is a good match we will then schedule a home visit and then complete the adoption.
WE DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY ADOPTION, as we live with these animals and know their needs better than anyone else at this time.
Adoption fees vary per animal, we do not negotiate fees, they barely cover the vetting costs. Our goal is a forever home for each animal in our program.
Surrendering a Pet…
ADOPT ME! Dog Rescue does take in owner surrender dogs. Please remember we are a small group and do not always have foster space available. For information on surrendering a dog please call 612-419-2075.
We will not take in dogs that have shown any aggression towards humans or other dogs. Since the dogs live in a foster home we can not risk injury to our foster parents or the other dogs in the foster home.
Unfortunately, we do not take cats or kittens. We recommend advertising your cats and try to find homes for them on your own. We are strictly a dog rescue.
Until there are none, rescue one.
FOSTER HOMES NEEDED!!!
We have several dogs in desperate need of a
Some are “special needs” dogs
IF you are willing to open your heart and home –
WE NEED YOU!!!
We pay for all expenses and provide food.
You provide the LOVE!
Questions or for more information call:
Shellie 952-334-1939 or Sue 612-419-2075
ADOPT ME! DOG RESCUE
had a fun time attending the
“No Kill Walk for the Animals”
on May 5, 2012
Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and supporters
we were able to raise an amazing amount in pledges
that will be put to good use in caring for our dogs!
It was a great turnout and we had a lot of folks
stop and chat with us about rescue and adoptions.
Looking forward to next year!
“Adopt Me! Dog Rescue” is looking for those “SPECIAL SOMEONES” who are willing to provide a temporary FOSTER HOME for homeless furry kids. We have several dogs that are need of a foster home now and we would like to save more dogs, but need foster homes to put them into.
If you can help please email or call!
What a GREAT day for Adopt Me! Dog Rescue!!!
A local company in Burnsville MN, ChartHouse Learning Corp (the home of the FISH! Philosophy) donated $502.00 to us. Every year the company chooses a non-profit place to donate to and this year they chose Adopt Me! Dog Rescue. The 16 employees had a silent auction where everyone brought in items from their homes to donate and others placed bids on items of their interest. They then gave 100% of the money raised to us for our dog rescue needs.
If you’re looking for a good cause regarding donations, please remember us. Maybe you could top the donation we received today!!
We are thrilled to announce that the book
RESCUE DOGS OF THE TWIN CITIES
is ready to buy!
This 68-page photo book showcases beloved dogs who were rescued & adopted by dog lovers in the Twin Cities metro area. The proceeds of this book (after costs) benefited the hard working rescues in & around the Twin Cities.
HOW TO BUY!!
Buy the book online: (CLICK HERE)
“Rescue dogs aren’t broken, they’ve simply experienced more life than other animals. If they were human, we’d call them wise. They would be the one’s with tales to tell and stories to write, the ones dealt a bad hand who responded with courage. Don’t pity them.
Do something! Help to rescue. Donate. Volunteer. Foster. Adopt.
And be proud to have their greatness by your side.”NKWFTA Pledge Form 2015