DURING the lockdown period, online searches for "dog exercise" have increased by more than 800 per cent, new figures have reveal.

Online searches for dog exercise has seen an 809 per cent increase according to data of search trends published by Google.

Those lucky enough to have a garden are turning to their outdoor space to exercise. However, with almost a third of people in the UK owning a dog, it is proving to be more difficult to exercise your four-legged friend.

Many pet owners are currently not able to leave their homes due to self-isolating and following the current government guidance.

Pet food brand, Webbox, has released five different ways owners can keep their dogs fit at home during lockdown.

Camille Ashforth, Senior Brand Manager at Webbox, says: “This is also a strange time for your dogs, and they may be just as confused and disrupted from their daily routine as you are.

“Making sure your dog has enough exercise is important to ensure they don’t become bored and start misbehaving."

Setting up an outdoor or indoor obstacle course for your dog is a great way to get them active and stimulate their mind.

Use objects such as broomsticks to make jumps and blankets over chairs to make a tunnel.

Make a mini tyre jump by securing a hula hoop in between two chairs.

Teach your dog each element of the obstacle course using healthy treats to guide them.

Gradually remove the treats but use the same hand gestures to get your dog to perform the obstacle course on their own.

Owners can also make their dogs work for treats.

Take a variety of healthy dog treats and hide them around the house, making some easy to find and some more challenging.

Dogs will not only tire themselves out by looking for the treats, but it will also provide them with mental stimulation.

Treat dispensing toys are a great way to get your dog to be more active and keep their mind occupied.

Puzzle bowls are also an effective method to get your dog’s mind going whilst encouraging slower eating, which is good for a dog’s digestive system.

Tug of war is another good way to keep dogs fit and healthy.

Before engaging in a healthy game of tug of war, it’s important to note that it will bring out the predator in your dog and should only be played if you understand their power and instincts.

Playing fetch in the garden will also keep dogs fit, and help them burn off some energy.

A classic game of fetch can be played both indoors and outdoors.

For those practicing social distancing and able to enjoy daily exercise, make sure to take your dog along while sticking to Government guidelines.

Walking dogs is a great way to give them exercise.