10 Things to Do With Your Dog During Quarantine

puppy playing with toys

Due to my husband and I’s recent move, it actually feels like we’ve been in quarantine with our dogs since December. When we left our home with a backyard in the Midwest to move to an apartment in Orange County, we planned to make up for their loss of space with hikes and dog beach trips, and lots of adventure. Unfortunately, the move was very stressful for them and Coop’s fear and anxiety got so bad we were nervous to expose her to any more new things.

As a result, we’ve been spending lots of time at home, walking around our neighborhood, and exploring how to keep both dogs mentally stimulated at home. We are happy to report that after trying medication, Coop does seem back to her old self, but of course, now we really are trapped at home. Here are a few ways we’ve found to keep busy!

1. Training

Like maybe you want to train your dogs NOT to do things like this.

I will be the first to admit that I can let training slide to the back burner with our two dogs, but shelter-in-place orders have given me the motivation to get back at it. I use the Dogo app to teach Coop and Fidus new tricks and practice the ones they know.

Cooper has learned “relax” and “peek-a-boo” during this shelter-in-place time, and Fidus has finally figured out what “down” means without the hand motion — it’s recommended to use both a verbal command and a hand signal for dogs when training so that they will respond/understand both. I’m hoping to teach them “Place” soon along with many more!

2. Fetch (yes, even indoors!)

If you have a backyard, you are a step ahead. Head out there and play a game of fetch, or if your dog doesn’t play fetch, try running around with them to get them some exercise.

If you don’t have a backyard, you can still play fetch indoors so long as your dog is careful. Our border collie Cooper is obsessed with fetch, but her behavior issues from the move have made it impossible for us to take her to a dog park to play like she used to. And now since we don’t have a backyard, we have taken to playing fetch indoors.

We find a longer, clear area of the apartment (like tossing the ball from one room into the bedroom) and very carefully toss it or roll it for Coop to chase. Nothing has broken yet, so we’ve found it to work for us and her.

3. Sunbathe on the Patio/Balcony/Backyard

While Cooper never much enjoyed hanging out in our backyard without us, Fidus did. He loves soaking in the sun and the sounds of the outside world. Moving to an apartment has been hard on him and now with shelter-in-place his world is further limited. We’ve begun sitting out on our patio with him during lunchtime. It overwhelms my heart with joy to see him lay down in the sun so content and happy.

Our patio has a low wall that I fear he could jump, so sadly we can’t just leave the door open for him without supervision. When we are out there, I also keep him on a leash since the patio opens up to a courtyard where lots of people bring their dogs to do their business. I don’t fully trust him not to leap over the barrier and give some folks a scare.

If you have a backyard, even better, as your dogs can hang out in the outdoors as they please. I highly recommend you spend some time out there with them as you need some sunshine, too!

If you don’t have any of these opportunities to get outside, perhaps you can take a walk to a nearby park (if any are open near you) and relax for a bit with your pup on a blanket to get some sun and outdoors time in.

4. Walk Around the Neighborhood

A walk near our old home in Nebraska often included geese!

This is something you probably already do with your pup, but perhaps you can extend your walks a bit (if your dog is up for it) now that you may have more time on your hands. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and some exercise and it’s safe so long as you give others space.

If you have a reactive dog, for example, our dog Fidus loves other dogs in daycare settings but can be aggressive when he meets them on a leash, be mindful that a lot more people are out walking their dogs right now. You may want to bring some treats or walk at less popular times if you know your dog might get anxious or overwhelmed by the number of people or dogs out.

5. Walk to a Trail or Park

Depending where you live, local parks and trails may be closed or have their parking lots shut down. If you live near a park or trail that is in walking distance, perhaps extend your walks once a week to that nearby spot. A change of scenery will do you and your pup well.

6. Puzzle Games / Hide & Seek

Coop figuring out her puzzle feeder.

Your dog may be starved for mental stimulation (like the rest of us starting to get burnt out from being stuck at home). While many people have begun to pick up new hobbies, you can help your dog by using a puzzle feeder or a puzzle toy. Of course, it depends on your dog’s personality if they like it or not. Our dog Cooper is too smart for her feeder while our dog Fidus doesn’t understand it nor does he try to understand it.

Puzzle toys/feeders cost money, but a free alternative is to hide a beloved toy (in our case we hide a tennis ball) and then ask your dog to find it. I usually grab the ball from Coop, ask her to sit and stay, and then hide it in another room before asking her to “find it!” She loves it and it keeps her busy.

If you are local to Orange County, CA, and want to order a puzzle game/feeder, before ordering from Amazon, check out these open local pet businesses.

7. Dog Photoshoot

dog posing in front of spring decor
A spring shoot I put together with Easter decor and old wedding decorations.

This might be more fun for you than your pups unless lots of treats are involved! Use a sheet or construction paper to create a backdrop for the shoot. Use stuffed animals or holiday decorations to create a theme for the shoot and for use as props. If you don’t have a camera, your phone will certainly do to take photos. Ask your dog to sit or lay down in front of your set up and give them lots of treats to mark their behavior. Then snap away!

Check out our Pet Photography Tips blog for more ideas!

8. Learn How to Groom

Puppy Cooper’s first bath.

Our dog, Fidus, has a really thick coat and he is in the midst of shedding it. Our apartment has been a total disaster since. He has also developed quite a smell. We usually get him groomed once a month at Dogtopia and he also has a day of daycare so he can socialize with other dogs. The day before his March appointment, our Dogtopia closed due to shelter-in-place orders.

We lasted maybe a couple of weeks before we realized we were going to have to take matters into our own hands and into the bath he went. His thick fur was difficult to permeate with dog shampoo though and it was even worse to try to dry out (towels and a blow dryer weren’t enough). I think we actually made matters worse, but there’s no better time to learn and improve on properly washing your dog, trimming their nails, brushing their teeth, and giving them haircuts (depending on their breed).

If you’re struggling though like we are, you can also check out our list of Open Pet Businesses in Orange County to find an open groomer.

9. Tik Tok Challenges

I absolutely believe that a new social media platform will soon arise as young people desperately flee Tik Tok (in the same way we all abandoned Facebook and Twitter when our parents and corporations created accounts). That said, now that we are all embracing the new platform thanks to boredom, there are so many fun ways to involve your dog! Pet Vlogs are currently trending as is #PetLife and you can certainly include your pets in an indoor workout video or a challenge. See Fidus’ recent #LevelUpChallenge below!

@coopandyou

Fidus learns to cheat the level up challenge by jumping over the couch instead. #levelupchallenge #dog

♬ Level Up – Ciara

10. Cuddle and Enjoy This Time Together!

It is so easy to get down and anxious about everything going on in the world right now. One of the few benefits of shelter-in-place, though, is spending so much time with our pets! While we need to be sure our pets still get their space and “me time,” be sure to treasure any extra moments you may have with them at home.

Open Restaurants in Santa Ana

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With daily changes, it is encouraged to contact each restaurant directly before ordering. Many have reduced hours.

List last updated on 3/30/2020

Antonello Ristorante
To-go | Delivery
3800 S Plaza Dr, Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 751-7153

Chapter One: the modern local
To-go
227 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 352-2225

El Pico de Gallo Grill
To-go
901 W 17th St, Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 953-7448

Munchies Vegan Diner
To-go | Delivery (GrubHub)
515 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
(657) 699-3076

Orange County Mining Co
To-go
10000 S Crawford Canyon Rd, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 997-7411

Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine
To-go | Delivery
1621 W Sunflower Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 436-1010

Tutto Fresco
To-go | Delivery
1808 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 568-1035

Wang Cho BBQ
To-go
3608 S Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 668-7777

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Open Restaurants in Orange

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With daily changes, it is encouraged to contact each restaurant directly before ordering. Many have reduced hours.

List last updated on 3/31/2020

808 Local Hawaiian Grill 
To-go | Delivery (Postmates & GrubHub)
374 S Main St. Orange, CA 92868
(657) 284-2001

Brew Hawg BBQ
To-go | Delivery (UberEats, DoorDash, GrubHub, & Postmates)
665 N Tustin St J, Orange, CA 92867
(714) 502-4053

Brot Coffee
To-go
316 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868
(714) 602-9894

Cortina’s Orange
To-go | Delivery (ChowNow)
964 N Batavia St, Orange, CA 92867
(714) 997-3663

Felix Continental Cafe
To-go | Delivery
36 Plaza Square, Orange, CA 92866
(714) 633-5842

Haven Craft Kitchen & Bar
To-go | Delivery (GrubHub & Seamless)
190 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866
(714) 221-0680

Heemo Sushi
To-go | Delivery (Postmates, GrubHub, Seamless)
1632 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867
(714) 997-9953

Hollingshead’s Deli
To-go | Delivery (Postmates)
368 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868
(714) 978-9467

Katella Grill
To-go | Delivery
1325 W Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867
(714) 997-9191

Koisan
To-go
1132 E Katella Ave a11, Orange, CA 92867
(714) 639-2330

Lucky’s Thai Pantry
To-go | Delivery (Postmates, GrubHub, Sapp Club, & Seamless)
934 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92867
(714) 538-0021

Moreno’s Restaurant
To-go | Delivery (Postmates, UberEats, & DoorDash)
4328 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869
(714) 639-2181

Old Crow Smokehouse
To-go
1535 W Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867
(714) 335-0415

Orange Hill Restaurant
To-go
6410 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869
(714) 997-2910

Panda Mongolian BBQ
To-go | Delivery (Seamless, GrubHub, DoorDash, Postmates, & Yelp)
3544 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869
(714) 602-8262

Tabi-Ji Japanese Cuisine
To-go | Delivery
665 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92867
(714) 633-6000

Tulsa Rib Company
To-go | Delivery (ChowNow, UberEats, Postmates, & DoorDash)
220 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867
(714) 633-3760

Tutto Fresco
To-go | Delivery
1333 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92867
(714) 771-1555

Urban Cactus
To-go | Delivery (DoorDash & Postmates)
3070 W Chapman Ave suite c, Orange, CA 92868
(714) 978-3000

Valentino’s Pizza
To-go | Delivery
4911 E Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92869 | (888) 688.1663
513 N Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92867 | (888) 543-5234

The Wall
To-go | Delivery
80 Plaza Square, Orange, CA 92868
(714) 988-7700

Yoshiharu Ramen
To-go | Delivery (UberEats, DoorDash, GrubHub, Toast, & Postmates)
1891 N Tustin St, Orange, CA 92865
(714) 998-1940

 

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Open Restaurants in Newport Beach

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With daily changes, it is encouraged to contact each restaurant directly before ordering. Many have reduced hours.

List last updated on 3/30/2020

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations
To-go | Delivery
4647 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 333-0917

The Counter
To-go | Delivery (Postmates, Seamless, & GrubHub)
1104 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 642-0700

Mastro’s Restaurant
To-go | Delivery (in select locations)
8112 East Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92657
(949) 376-6990

Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store
To-go | Delivery
2300 SE Bristol St Ste F, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 852-9500

Reborn Coffee
To-go | Delivery
2933 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 200-9718

RibBro BBQ
To-go | Delivery (DoorDash)
2300 SE Bristol St #C, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 681-0108

Rusty Pelican Restaurant
To-go | Delivery
2735 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 642-3431

 

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Open Restaurants in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, & Rancho Santa Margarita

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With daily changes, it is encouraged to contact each restaurant directly before ordering. Many have reduced hours.

List last updated on 3/30/2020

Lake Forest

Biagio’s Italian Restaurant
To-go | Delivery
24301 Muirlands Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 837-3850

Chili Chutney Afghan Cuisine
To-go | Delivery
24301 Muirlands Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 859-1778

Cuca’s Mexican Food
To-go | Delivery (UberEats)
26676 Portola Pkwy, Lake Forest, CA 92610
(949) 472-8227

Earth Bowl
To-go | Delivery (Postmates, Toast, Seamless, GrubHub)
22641 Lake Forest Drive #B-5, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 215-0945

Elephant Cafe
To-go | Delivery (Seamless, Postmates, GrubHub)
23384 El Toro Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 472-3100

M Cafe & Grill
To-go | Delivery
22611 Lake Forest Dr c2, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 328-9530

Mamon
To-go | Delivery (Postmates)
26676 Portola Pkwy D, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
(949) 305-8552

Meiji
To-go | Delivery (GrubHub, UberEats, & DoorDash)
22611 Lake Forest Dr c6, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 652-5188

Mitasie Vegan Cafe
To-go | Delivery (DoorDash & Postmates)
22722 Lambert St #1704, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 446-6563

Round Table Pizza*
To-go | Delivery
22722 Lambert St, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 859-8888
*Locally owned and soon offering take and bake options and takeout deals!

Tacos Ensenada
To-go | Delivery (GrubHub, DoorDash, & Postmates)
24601 Raymond Way #1, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 583-7711

Mission Viejo

Poke Wave
To-go
25280 Marguerite Pkwy b1, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 600-2275

Rancho Santa Margarita

Tutto Fresco
To-go | Delivery
22332 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
(949) 858-3360

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Open Restaurants in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, & Laguna Niguel

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With daily changes, it is encouraged to contact each restaurant directly before ordering. Many have reduced hours.

List last updated on 3/30/2020

Aliso Viejo

i20 Ramen
To-go
26705 Aliso Creek Rd ste f, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 273-3583

Laguna Beach

Las Brisas Restaurant
To-go
361 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-5434

Laguna Hills

GameCraft Brewing
To-go | Delivery
23301 Avenida De La Carlota C, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 734-0910

Pizza 900
To-go | Delivery
23020 Lake Forest Dr #170, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 328-9988

Scratch Bakery
To-go
24321 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 859-2253

Laguna Niguel

Golden Dragon
To-go | Delivery (DoorDash, Postmates, GrubHub)
27311 La Paz Rd G, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 362-4739

India Grill
To-go | Delivery
27020 Alicia Pkwy Suite A, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 600-5501

Mangia Bene
To-go | Delivery
27281 La Paz Rd ste i, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 831-0141

Nalu’s Hawaiian Fish Grill
Delivery (Postmates)
27000 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 360-6258

Pho the Bowl
Delivery (DoorDash & Postmates)
27931 La Paz Rd A, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 360-8027

Sango Sushi
To-go | Delivery (Postmates)
27261 La Paz Rd, Suite A, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 831-7287

Stonefire Grill
To-go | Delivery
27430 La Paz Rd, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 599-2360

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Open Restaurants in Irvine & Tustin

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With daily changes, it is encouraged to contact each restaurant directly before ordering. Many have reduced hours.

List last updated on 3/31/2020

Irvine

The Alley
To-go | Delivery (Postmates, GrubHub, Toast)
507 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 932-0634

The Counter
To-go | Delivery (Postmates, Seamless, GrubHub, & DoorDash)
2981 Michelson Dr Ste C, Irvine, CA 92612 | (949) 596-7227
6416 Irvine Blvd, Irvine, CA 92620 | (949) 336-7272

HiroNori
To-go | Delivery
2222 Michelson Dr #234, Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 536-5800

Pho Saigon Pearl
To-go | Delivery (GrubHub – Spectrum address & UberEats – Alton Pkwy address)
704 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618 | (949) 789-5400
2750 Alton Pkwy #121, Irvine, CA 92606 | (949) 336-0336

Piadina
To-go | Delivery (DoorDash, UberEats, Postmates, & GrubHub)
3850 Barranca Parkway Suite C Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 988-7474

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
To-go
14230 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92604
(949) 733-1101

Shik Do Rak Korean BBQ
To-go
14805 Jeffrey Rd H, Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 653-7668

Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen & Udon
To-go | Delivery
6404 Irvine Blvd, Irvine, CA 92620
(949) 596-7036

Tustin

Best of Friends Cafe
To-go
12850 Robinson Dr, Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 352-5734

Honda-Ya
To-go
556 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 832-0081

Koki’s Teppanyaki Grille
To-go
1061 E Main St, Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 505-6738

Kairakutei
To-go | Delivery (DoorDash)
17292 McFadden Ave suite l, Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 368-0233

Piadina
To-go | Delivery (DoorDash, UberEats, Postmates, & GrubHub)
2933 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 417-9660

Rutabegorz
To-go
158 W Main St, Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 738-9339

Sushi Bear
To-go | Delivery (Postmates)
17292 McFadden Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 884-4172

Uoko Japanese Restaurant
To-go
17582 17th St #103, Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 838-2300

 

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Open Restaurants in Huntington Beach & Seal Beach

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With daily changes, it is encouraged to contact each restaurant directly before ordering. Many have reduced hours.

List last updated on 3/31/2020

Huntington Beach

25 Degrees
To-go | Delivery (Check website/Facebook for hours/days open)
412 Walnut Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 960-2525

A Slice of New York Pizza
To-go | Delivery
16821 Algonquin St #101, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 846-1900

Mitasie Vegan Cafe
To-go | Delivery (DoorDash)
7636 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 847-5262

Pacific City
21010 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 930-2345

  • Gelateria Zomolo
    To-go
    21022 Pacific Coast Hwy B110, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 374-0477

  • Lemonade
    To-go
    21016 CA-1 d120, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 604-1072

  • Portola
    To-go
    21058 CA-1 #170, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 656-7883

The Watertable, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
To-go
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 845-4776

Seal Beach

A Slice of New York Pizza
To-go | Delivery
142-B Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 493-4430

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Open Restaurants in Garden Grove

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With daily changes, it is encouraged to contact each restaurant directly before ordering. Many have reduced hours.

List last updated on 3/31/2020

Brobard Chateau
To-go | Delivery (Postmates)
9100 Trask Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 899-8273

Buca di Beppo
To-go | Delivery
11757 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 740-2822

Los Sanchez Mexican Restaurant
To-go | Delivery
11906 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843
(714) 590-9300

Mo Ran Gak Restaurant
To-go
9651 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 638-1177

Oggie’s
To-go | Delivery
12362 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 534-3599

Shik Do Rak Korean BBQ
To-go
9691 W Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 534-7668

 

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Open Restaurants in Fullerton

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With daily changes, it is encouraged to contact each restaurant directly before ordering. Many have reduced hours.

List last updated on 3/30/2020

Hapa Cupcakes & Cakes
To-go | Delivery (UberEats & Postmates)
105 W Amerige Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 576-4272

Luigi’s D’Italia
To-go | Delivery (DoorDash & Postmates)
1032 E Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton, CA 92835
(714) 490-0990

Summit House Restaurant
To-go
2000 E Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton, CA 92835
(714) 671-4111

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