Dog Owner Tips: How To Prepare For Your Re-Entry Into The Workplace After COVID-19

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.

It took us 3 full days to select Love My Dog Downtown for our husky Gibbs.

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.

Healthy Activities To Do At Home While Social Distancing

Two words. Stay Home. In many households, the next words will be “I’m bored.” This week I’ve got 5 healthy activities for you to do at home! Leave boredom and move your body, exercise your mind and fuel your relationships!

Healthy Activities To Do At Home While Social Distancing

1) Family Activities | Here are 3 suggestions.

* You know how some people have a game night? Have a “let’s find items that we can recycle and save the earth” night! Items like old phones, iPods, Flip Video, Cameras, etc. Apple products take some items back once you have deleted all info and you can use point to purchase something news.

* Scavenger Hunt | Last week I shared a well-being app Super Better. They have a scavenger hunt available that offers home hunts for up to TWO weeks!

*Learn a new language. Learn a foreign language. Learn sign language or learn to interpret body language.

2) Interview Grandparents & record the audio or video. Create family stories to last generations! Ask True or False or Fun Fact Questions! TIP: Note on my video where to place your phone, Ipad or laptop so your family memory won’t be looking up one’s nose.

3) Train Your Dog! Get up on your couch and train your dog! From sit-stays to walking on a leash, invest in your commitment to be consistent pack leader and nurture the bond between you and your dog.

4) Communication With Your Partner At the end of each day, share these 2 things. What do you love about that person and what are you thankful for?

5) Kindness Activity | Could be a nightly music jam session in your driveway. Next, notice at least 3 friends a day that you have not seen on social media. Reach out to them via text or IM to share that you are thinking of them and ask if you can call to catch up. People are grieving in 3 areas, (1) Loss of a job, (2) Loss of a loved one (3) Loss of a pet. Your kindness will help lift someone up.

This is how you will go from I’m bored to I scored!

Stay home & stay healthy everyone!

5 Self-care Apps For Mental Health During COVID-19 Crisis

This road trip takes us on a route for well-being during the COVID-19 crisis.

Dare to self-care using 5 awesome apps for mental health & motivation during a highly stressful time in your life!
Technology gifts us the ability to accomplish well-being!
I’ll share 5 apps that target mindfulness, resilience & empowerment!
FREE to download, some have extended their support or free trials during the COVID-19 crisis! What can you do if in-app purchasing, not an option? I’ve got you covered!
1) All 5 have a website with FREE blogs & resources
2) All 5 have a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn. Take advantage of their messaging!

  1. Calm
  2. Talkspace
  3. SuperBetter
  4. Happify
  5. Headspace
5 Self-Care For Mental Health During COVID-19 Crisis