What happens when we get the coronavirus under control, and people can return to work? We’ve had comments like this over the last few weeks and we feel incredibly blessed with the families our dogs have chosen to adopt. The good news is that our vetting process has not changed and we have one of the lowest return-to-shelter rates in the nation. Many of those who ultimately brought a dog home were already responsible adopters hoping to add to their family. Others have had approved applications for several months and this was not a snap decision. And while we have had new-to-us applicants we have taken the same care as always before, during, and after adoption.
We remain committed to helping people through the challenges of new pet ownership whether it’s during those first few weeks or when it’s time to go back to full-time work. We have been writing articles and posting links to help people with training, feeding their dogs, health issues, and more to help them properly train their new companions before many of us are back at work full-time.
When your schedule changes so does your routine and that’s a big deal. Dogs love routines and that means that no matter how great a pet parent you are your dog will suffer during the transition even if only a little. So what can you do now to prepare them for the future?
I know when my dog doesn’t see people every day he’s a little bit off because he is a very social dog. Even while social distancing you can go on walks with your dog where you know there are likely to be people. People are part of the norm that dogs expect so while you don’t need to talk to them or even walk on the same side of the street, making sure your dog at least sees people is a good thing to do whenever possible.
Remember that schedule we talked about? It’s not too soon to set up a schedule instead of randomly letting the day fall into place. Beyond when they wake up, go potty, eat, it’s critical to schedule alone time throughout the day so they know that being alone is expected and enjoyable. Creating and following a schedule prepares you for the inevitable and will save you and your dog future grief.
Whether it’s playtime with you, mental stimulation, long walks, the dog park, or hikes exercise is what will likely be your dog’s salvation now and after the safer at home order is lifted. We’ve heard it before the pandemic and it’s as much true now as it will be later. A tired dog is a good dog.
Our daycare has been closed and that’s been one of the hardest things for both me and for my dog. We went from three to zero days of solid exercise and fun and it has been quite a challenge. We are so ready for daycare at NEW PAWSibilties! This might be the perfect time for you to find a daycare in your area and to learn more so that you can decide if daycare might during and after the transition. Others prefer dog walkers and so if that sounds like a good idea make sure to start doing your homework and scheduling a few future sessions because I think dog walkers are going to be busy!
Here is an outstanding article filled suggestions on getting ready for when your world turns from black and white to color. You’re going to love enjoying all the fun things waiting for you and your dog!