Ashley Guerriero March 23, 2020 at 3:46 PM

How pets can help you beat the COVID-19 blues

It’s day eight of self-quarantine and I’m already finding myself becoming a little stir-crazy. With so much stress and uncertainty in our lives due to the pandemic, the one constant comfort I have are my two dogs. While we humans are obsessing over the news or panicking in the toilet paper aisle, all our pets know is that their humans need them more than ever.

Here are some ways our furry friends can help you beat the COVID-19 blues:

Let's walk!

We all are experiencing the stir-crazy feeling of being stuck in our homes all day long. And if you’re feeling it, our pets are feeling it too. Going for just a 20-minute walk outside a few times a day with our pets can help us burn some calories, get our blood flowing, allow us to soak up much-needed vitamin D, and get fresh air. Already a walker? Try out a new walking route to help engage your dog’s senses with new sights, sounds, and smells. Just remember to practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from fellow walkers.


Get your minds working

Teaching your pet a new trick will not only stimulate their brain, but yours as well. Teaching your pet to roll over, shake, or jump through a hoop will build a stronger relationship with your pet and bring much needed laughter along the way. Have your kids join in on the training and help keep them entertained by having them teach Fido new tricks. Here’s a great list of tricks to try and directions on how to get started.


Foster a pet in need

Don’t have a pet? With the majority of our population telecommuting or unable to leave our homes, now is a great time to foster a pet through your local animal rescue group or shelter. Not only will the companionship of fostering a furry-friend help shed the social distancing blues, it could also save a life. The Placer County SPCA, Bradshaw Animal Shelter, and many other local shelters and rescue groups are looking for loving foster homes to look after homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits.


Whether you’re engaging in exercise, fostering a pet, or teaching a new trick, make sure you and your family are staying safe and healthy. Find more tips and resources to help you take care of your family and business in the wake of COVID-19 here.