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Transitioning to a New Normal

 

How we can prepare ourselves and our pets as we get ready to transition back towards a “normal” life.

 

Transitioning to a New Normal

 

How we can prepare ourselves and our pets as we get ready to transition back towards a “normal” life.

 

The State of the World

Right now the world is going through an interesting period. Covid-19 has pretty much defined how we are currently going about our lives. While things are starting to change, most of us aren’t back to our “normal” lives yet.

What does that mean for us as pet owners? Well, you’ve probably seen the memes floating around online, but people are spending more time than ever at home. This means we are spending more time with our pets than we would otherwise. We are at home, sometimes for days at a time, and our pets are right there with us.

But what about when it’s time to start getting “back to normal”?

Transitions

The school year is about to start up again and many schools have adopted online learning. Many places are also beginning to open back up, meaning more and more people are heading back to work.

What does this mean for our pets?

After spending so much time with our pets at home, they might not be ready for such a big shift back to a state of somewhat normalcy with you being out of the house more often or kids needing to be focused on schoolwork. Even though we aren’t fully transitioning to the new normal yet, there are still things we can do now to help our pets through the changes we are making and prepare them for the eventual shift back to “normal.”

Preparing Our Pets for the New Normal

Here are some tips and tricks you can use to help prepare your dog for you to be out of the house more often or to be away from you while you or your kids work on their schoolwork.

Get Your Dog Out of the House

One thing you can do to help get your dog used to being away from you is to get them out of the house. All of our services at Bark ‘N’ Town are currently open!

Dog Training

You’ve been spending a lot more time with your dog lately, or maybe you just got a new puppy. Have they been behaving and responsive to commands? Consider signing your dog up for doggie day school to teach them new commands or help reinforce old ones they have learned in the past.

We are also launching a new Puppy Pre-K course! Give us all call to learn more.

Dog Training

You’ve been spending a lot more time with your dog lately, or maybe you just got a new puppy. Have they been behaving and responsive to commands? Consider signing your dog up for doggie day school to teach them new commands or help reinforce old ones they have learned in the past.

We are also launching a new Puppy Pre-K course! Give us all call to learn more.

Doggie Day Care

Looking to have a little bit of quiet at the house for a video call? Is your dog wanting attention while your kids need to focus on school? Bring your dog in for a fun filled day of doggie day care! They’ll get more used to being away from you in a fun and engaging way, helping to make the transition to being away from you easier.

Doggie Day Care

Looking to have a little bit of quiet at the house for a video call? Is your dog wanting attention while your kids need to focus on school? Bring your dog in for a fun filled day of doggie day care! They’ll get more used to being away from you in a fun and engaging way, helping to make the transition to being away from you easier.

Overnight Lodging

Looking to get a longer break from your dog? Maybe you’re planning a bit of a stay-cation? Set up a mini-vacation away from home for your dog. They can come stay with us overnight for a longer time than a day care, giving them even more time away from you to prepare for you to be away from home.

Overnight Lodging

Looking to get a longer break from your dog? Maybe you’re planning a bit of a stay-cation? Set up a mini-vacation away from home for your dog. They can come stay with us overnight for a longer time than a day care, giving them even more time away from you to prepare for you to be away from home.

Grooming

Another great way to get your dog out of the house is to schedule a grooming appointment for your dog. This gets them out of the house and then they’ll come home nice and clean after their bath and with a (potentially much needed) hair-cut.

Grooming

Another great way to get your dog out of the house is to schedule a grooming appointment for your dog. This gets them out of the house and then they’ll come home nice and clean after their bath and with a (potentially much needed) hair-cut.

At Home Solutions

If you have already started getting your dog out of the house, but want to do more, here are some tricks you can use at home.

Separate Yourself From Your Dog At Home

One thing you can do to help get your dog used to being away from you is to separate yourself from your dog at home. Put them in a different room of the house and close the door. While it’s not exactly the same as being out of the house, just being away from you helps to get your dog used to you not being with them all the time.

Go For a Drive or a Walk

Looking to get out of the house yourself? Another trick you can use to help get your dog used to you being away from home is for you to leave your house. There aren’t a ton of places open right now that you could go to, but you could hop in your car and go for a drive or even just a stroll around the neighborhood!

Other Tips

No matter how you are working with your dog, here are a couple of tips to keep in mind. First, don’t make your leaving or arriving a big deal. When you make a huge event out of coming and going, it can get your dog riled up more than they otherwise would be.

Also, your dog might not like or be used to the quiet in the house with you gone. Consider leaving the TV on or the radio playing softly while you are gone to give your pooch some noise to listen to.

 

Dogs and Germs

We are doing a lot to prevent germs from spreading around. While our dogs can’t catch COVID-19, it’s still important to be careful and help prevent them from spreading germs. Check out our blog post for some tips to help prevent your dog from spreading germs!

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