How to keep pets happy, active amid quarantine

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 02 2020 03:59 PM

MANILA -- With the coronavirus-induced quarantine, many pet owners are unable to bring their animal companions outdoors to play and exercise.

But according to the US-based Pet Food Institute (PFI), there are many exciting activities that can get pets moving without having to leave the home. 

In a statement released on Wednesday, PFI shared suggestions on how to keep pets happy and active amid the quarantine.

An example of this is to engage in a "tug of war" using fabric scraps that are tied together. "Not only does this help their four-legged companions get their daily exercise, but it also has several other health benefits that vary from dental hygiene to confidence building," PFI said.

It added: "Pet owners must remember that for some pets, especially certain breeds of dogs, tug of war may encourage them to become dominant and aggressive towards other animals and even their owners. In order to enjoy a game of tug of war, owners must be in control of the game and their pet to avoid unwanted accidents like being bitten."

Other suggestions include teaching them tricks to give them positive reinforcement and raise their self-esteem, and giving them interactive toys such as puzzles, ball launchers, and interactive food bowls.

PFI also stressed the importance of providing pets with a well-balanced diet, encouraging the use of commercially available pet food to ensure their daily nutritional requirements are met. 

Established in 1958, PFI is considered the "voice of the US pet food industry," representing companies that make 98% of dog and cat food in America.