While normality has somewhat resumed since COVID-19 turned the world upside down, the risk of getting infected is still very high, meaning we all need to have plans in place if the worst happens – we need to quarantine.
Not only does having to isolate affect your work and family life but if you’re a dog owner, having to quarantine can be a huge disruption to your usual routine, which means it will impact your beloved dog, too.
Can you walk your dog during quarantine?
According to Government advice, you should “ask someone outside of your household or support bubble to exercise your animal for you, or access exercising services provided by a professional”, but we all know this isn’t always possible due to money and time constraints.
Even if you are able to hire a dog walker or ask a family member or friend to help, it’s likely that your dog’s routine will need some extra thought and planning during this time, especially when it comes to doing their business. If you live in a flat or don’t have easy access to grass, things only get more complicated – but that’s where a Piddle Patch fresh grass dog toilet comes in.
What to do if you’re unable to walk your dog during quarantine
If your dog usually goes to the toilet on grass, Piddle Patch is a brilliant indoor dog toilet and can be an excellent temporary solution until your quarantine period has ended. As a self-contained fresh grass toilet, Piddle Patch can be used inside, in your garden or as a balcony dog toilet.
The transition should be smooth; teamed with some positive reinforcement and your usual “go potty” command, you’ll be surprised how quickly your pooch picks it up.
Now you have their toilet needs covered, what can you do to keep them entertained? If you have access to a garden, one of the best ways to help your dog burn off some energy is by playing a game of fetch. Don’t have a garden? A hallway can also make a great fetch arena, but be sure your neighbours won’t mind the noise, and that it’s a safe space for your dog to run around.
Dogs thrive off mental activities, so encouraging them to do tricks, play tug-of-war, or take part in a food-based game can be a great way to pass the time and tire them out. Hiding some of your dog’s food in a tied-up blanket or giving them a licky-mat with some dog-safe peanut butter is another fun way to keep them amused.
The benefits of using a Piddle Patch during quarantine
Delivered to your door
Whether you have a subscription to Piddle Patch or need a one-off fresh dog grass toilet, Piddle Patch is delivered directly to your door, minimising your contact with other people.
Next day delivery
You have a lot to think about when you have to quarantine, so it’s useful to know that Piddle Patch is harvested fresh to order, dispatched several times a week and delivered via a next day delivery service. We also offer free delivery across mainland UK.
A natural, intuitive toilet solution
Even if your dog hasn’t used Piddle Patch before, if your dog usually goes potty on grass, it should be a smooth transition to using Piddle Patch, teamed with some rewards-based training.
The perfect lifespan
Depending on how frequently it’s being used and where it is placed, Piddle Patch could last the entirety of your seven or 10-day quarantine period, so you know you can relax in the knowledge that your dog’s toilet needs are taken care of. If the grass is kept outside or on a balcony, it may last even longer. We have plenty of tips on how to take care of your Piddle Patch and extend its lifespan, including our new “Boost” Pellets, which are coming soon.
Eco-friendly and guilt-free
Unlike puppy pee pads and artificial indoor dog toilets, Piddle Patch is a natural, zero-waste product when disposed of correctly, so you can rest assured that your choice is the right one for the planet.
Affordable and flexible
You don’t have to be a subscriber to take advantage of a Piddle Patch fresh grass dog toilet. We have a Starter Pack option that allows you to utilise Piddle Patch as and when it suits you and comes with a non-chew tray for intensive use, and for patches kept outside.
Having to quarantine due to COVID can be frustrating and upsetting, especially if you have a dog and are worried about their toilet needs. However, with Piddle Patch on your side, you can minimise the impact on your canine friend and reduce some of the stress associated with having to isolate due to coronavirus. Got questions? Need training support? Check out our training guides or send us a message and we’ll be happy to help.