Pet parents know how hard it can be to keep animals entertained and properly exercised amid the lockdown. So, one woman came up with a nifty solution. She created an obstacle course in the garden for her two dogs, named Ripley and Merlin, and her eight chickens.
Joe Colling Nutkins, a dog trainer from Clacton-on-Sea in England, has always wanted to set up an obstacle course for her pets. However, she had yet to find time because of her Myalgic Encephalitis (ME). This is a medical condition, which, if not managed, causes her extreme pain and fatigue. Usually, Joe needs to get some rest between training and playing with her dogs.
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But now, thanks to the lockdown, Joe finally found the time to do it. Because Joe is a dog trainer, she had some materials at home. She also made use of some random items like boxes, hoops, stands, and lawn chairs.
According to Joe, she is now doing online classes due to the lockdown. Ripley and Merlin help her with that. However, because it is very repetitive, Joe thought of giving them something physical and challenging.
Joe created mazes for her dogs, which has a ball pool that contains treats. However, the two-year-old Ripley and the eight-year-old Merlin are not the only ones enjoying the obstacle course. Joe’s chickens love training in them too.
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Joe said that they currently have eight chickens, who have been with them for a year now, and another four rescue chickens are arriving in the coming days. According to Joe, this was her husband’s idea, but they have also had other animals in the past, like snakes and rodents.
For pet owners, Joe suggests building an obstacle course because this would be a good distraction, especially if they need some alone time. She said that creating this does not need to cost a huge amount of money. Joe also recommends training pets during lockdown to avoid unwanted behavior due to staying at home 24/7.
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