Is there a happy side to this global coronavirus crisis? Yes -- for dogs at least. Scientist/author Alexandra Horowitz writes in The New York Times that "Unless owners are able to work from home, or their home is their work, their sociable canids must stay captive and alone for the majority of their days. Now, the coronavirus quarantine, by imposing similar hardship on us, is actually giving dogs something that they’ve deserved all along: more of our companionship."
She continues, "So what should we do with our dogs, now that we find ourselves in their near-constant company, eyeballed by them as we move through our homes? For now, at least, we still ought to walk them outdoors: We can all use the fresh air, and the dogs, at least, can collect the smells of the day. Some countries have reached the point where all movement outside is restricted, but even in those places walking the dog is allowed as an essential exemption.
If you’re worried that your dogs — like doorknobs — may be touched by people who are infected, bathe them with soap after the walk."
That's right -- dogs are happy to have you around, and you can feel a lot better taking them for a (socially distant) walk. Get out there, get some fresh air and stay safe!