Avoid Cabin Fever During the Pandemic: A Note From Duke On Behalf of Your Pets

Article by Duke Sterk and Monika Wolniak

Cabin fever is hard enough on our humans; they at least can communicate their boredom. Imagine how difficult it must be for your pets who are also experiencing boredom? What was once our normal routine has now changed with humans following CDC guidelines to stay healthy. With the humans now trying to stick to the stay at home order and limit their contact with others, this affects our ability to visit places such like the dog park, or in my case, the office, so we have some tips to help cabin ever from creeping up and affecting your pets.

Keep moving

Pets love to go on walks and this is a great time to do more of them! As long as our humans keep their distance from other humans, your pets can still enjoy the outside. Being outside in the yard is great and all, but it is important to stay active both physically and mentally. A long walk can also help humans own cabin fever, so this is a win-win situation (it will also help keeps humans off their phones).

Pets are masters at being home all day but too much can be bad for you. Now, there are times where it is too cold or there may too much rain for us to go out (side note: we do not like the booties that go on our feet to keep dry, and though we appreciate you trying to keep our paws warm, the laughing at us is a bit much), but there are activities that you can also do inside and be free of cabin fever too.

Rope or tug of war toys can help with a pet’s muscle building. We need to stay fit, and playing tug of war helps, and don’t worry, we will sometimes pretend to lose and make you think you won. This is a win-win game because this also helps our humans work on their strength and grip. 

Pets need to keep our minds sharp too, so teaching us a new trick or revisiting an old one can help keep us smart. It will also help humans with patience. Let’s be honest, once we see or smell that treat you’re hiding (and yes, we know it is behind your back), our goal is now to get the treats even though by this point we may have forgotten what we were learning!

Healthy Eating

As much as we love treats, just like our humans, pets need to continue to eat healthily and not be overfed, or fed food that is bad or dangerous for us. Keeping our diet regular will only benefit us when we do go out to play and help us stay healthy.

We love our humans and the million pictures and selfies that you take of us remind us that we are loved. I’d love to see your selfies so please share with me on Facebook! So, to all the humans and their fur babies out there, stay healthy and fit.

Don’t forget to check out Duke’s latest book “Stuck In The Dog House: A Children’s Story About the Coronavirus” to help your little ones try to understand the coronavirus.

We are here to assist you

We are aware that everyone has been affected by the recent response to COVID-19 but we hope that you find some comfort in knowing that we are still operational and here to assist you.

Whether you are a current client or if you are looking for family law or estate planning assistance, our team is here for you and will continue to be available to address your concerns.

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You may message us here, email our office at info@sterkfamilylaw.com, or call 815-600-8950 and one of our team members will be able to assist you.

This is a legal advertisement from Sterk Family Law Group. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be construed as such. This article is for informational and educational purposes only.


This is a legal advertisement from Sterk Family Law Group. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be construed as such. This article is for informational and educational purposes only.

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