Dogs are loving this time with their owners! What will they do when you re-enter the workplace? I’ll give you tips to prepare them and tips for you to spend time now to save you time and money later!
1. Know the breed. This will prepare you for what type of potential health issues from hip dysplasia to blindness. It will also give you insight as to how much exercise your dog will require to be healthy physically and mentally.
2. Your puppy will not be able to be boarded or socialize at doggy daycare or walks until they have received all of their vaccinations. That said, set yourself up for success by making arrangements for a dog sitter when you are away. I recognize that online pet-sitting apps can be successful for pet owners.
Take the time now to check out dog boarding & doggie day care businesses near you. Look at their social media pages. This will give you an idea of what the atmosphere will be like for your dog. Call and ask questions. Plan an onsite visit.
3. If you are going to invest in a pet sitter app during the holidays, get a webcam. The safety of your pet & home comes first. That said, be careful as some pet sitters either overbook themselves to get extra money and will be late getting to your pet. Accidents happen and then your pet will be distressed.
4. Socialize your pet ASAP. It is so important to have them play and meet friends as much as it is for us humans. Take them to doggy daycare or dog parks. Our husky is friendly with small and large dogs. We had him socializing as soon as he had the thumbs up from our vet.
5. Know more than your vet about nutrition. Gibbs was so sick as a puppy. Our vet had us buy prescription dog food with chicken. His condition was not improving. I finally reached out to a holistic nutritionist who asked me to check out the ingredients of dog food. Gibbs in the wild will likely eat salmon, turkey, lamb, bison, not chicken. This is not a sponsorship, yet I must share with you that Nulo pet food literally saved his life. He does not eat chicken. He is a healthy husky who eats grain-free food and treats.
6. Get healthy treats and puzzle toys. I found a ball and other puzzle toys he had to actively nudge to get his Nulo treats out. Puzzle toys are rewarding for them and are mentally engaging. Winning!
7. Stay committed to training your dog. It isn’t just when they are a puppy. I still work with Gibbs on his commands including walking. He is now four.
8. Check out pet insurance or financial options such as Care Credit, TruPanion or Nationwide. This will take time as you assess what plans are a best fit for you and your pet. Good news is that you have the time now to be informed because as we know, life happens.