With new daily routines come new questions and uncertainties for you and your dog, which is why we’re working together with Dogs Trust to provide owners with advice on caring for their canines during these unusual times. For our second instalment, our partners Dogs Trust are answering your questions about the challenges of keeping four-legged friends healthy and happy while at home.

As stated in Government advice, we are allowed to leave our homes once a day for exercise, which includes taking your dog for a walk. Where there are others in your household, you can take it in turns to walk your dog but remember to stay two metres away from anyone else. This might mean keeping your dog on the lead if you are walking in areas where there are other people.

Veterinary practices are now running on an emergency basis only and limiting face-to-face contact. This means routine procedures will need to be rearranged, but you may still be able to attend appointments as some practices are running video consultations. Double check with your veterinary practice and don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any concerns over your dog’s health.

There’s lots of fun and exciting activities you can set up at home that will keep your dog busy while you work. These include snuffle mats, treasure hunts and destruction boxes. Check out our first blog post in partnership with Dogs Trust to find out more about these creative ideas and how to make them.

Encouraging your children and dog to play together might provide another way to keep them all busy, but it’s important that your dog has its own safe space to relax away from the busyness of home, such as a bed or a den. Make sure your children know this is your dog’s safe space and not to disturb them when they’re resting. It’s also a perfect place for your dog to enjoy a treat or toy if the children need to concentrate on homework.

Most importantly, always stay two metres apart and make sure you both wash your hands after handling your dog. If you can, it’s also a good idea to each use different dog walking items (such as treats, toys and poo bags).

Remember, if you’re showing any symptoms or feeling unwell, it might be best to find someone who can look after your dog for you until you’re better.

If you can, Dogs Trust suggests keeping enough dog food to last for 14 days. If you are running low and struggling to find more in your supermarket, you may have to switch to a different dog food brand. Make sure to contact your veterinarian if you are worried about changing your dog’s food, or if they have any medical requirements that might affect their diet.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, take a look at the Dogs Trust website to explore their Coronavirus FAQ section and find the most up to date Government advice for you and your dog.