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06 May 2020

COVID-19: How To Help Your Quarantine Pup Transition To A Regular Schedule

COVID-19: How To Help Your Quarantine Pup Transition To A Regular Schedule

As the COVID-19 pandemic rocks the globe, people are finding themselves quarantined in their homes for months on end. With minimal social contact and many being furloughed from their day jobs, countless people have chosen to adopt a pet including many puppies to be their quarantine companions. In fact, many animal shelters across America have seen empty cages due to the uptick of adoptions since the pandemic began.

The heartening increase in adoptions gives light and hope to what has been a dark situation for many across the country. However, just as shelters urge people to understand that there are always going to be more animals in need going forward, The Pet Gal team hopes to educate new pet owners on how to prioritize at-home training to help dogs and puppies adjust to life post-quarantine.


Quarantine Routines Don’t Accurately Reflect Everyday Life to New Pets

Currently, many newly adopted dogs and puppies find themselves sheltering in place with their forever families. This is a wonderful time for bonding, training, and acclimating to their new environment, however, it can set the tone of a routine that does not accurately reflect what their everyday life will look like once quarantine ends.

As it stands, newly adopted animals are spending nearly every second of the day with their family while their new pet parents work from home or stay sheltered in place. As a result, puppies and dogs will create intense bonds that will inevitably lay the groundwork for severe separation anxiety when quarantine is over. If not properly trained and acclimated to alone time, it will be very difficult for new pets when they are left alone for the first time.


Promote Alone Time Even While Sheltering in Place

To ensure your new puppy or dog does not act out with potty training regression, barking, destructive chewing, or dangerous separation anxiety-induced behavior like self-harm, take the time now to implement routines in which the dog spends some time by itself or with someone else, such as a pet sitter or dog walker, every day.

It is paramount to the pet’s post-quarantine transition that they get used to being alone now. The best way to do this while sheltering in place is to ensure your pet spends a little time away from you every single day. This could mean them taking a nap in a different room, spending some time in a safe, fenced-in yard on their own, or being left in their kennel or playpen alone while you go for a walk. It could also mean hiring a local dog walker to take your pet on a walk every once and while. By acclimating your new puppy or dog to time on their own, they’re less likely to have separation anxiety when life gets back to normal.


At-Home Training Sessions Keep Dogs Engaged

Another step pet parents can take to alleviate post-quarantine pet stress is to do at-home training courses to keep their pets occupied and busy. Dogs, especially puppies, thrive on mentally-stimulating activity and being given “jobs”, which are tasks to do that earn things of value, such as food, treats, pets, and experiences. Dogs who regularly have tricks to learn, toys to play with and jobs to do are less likely to experience separation anxiety in the long run. Plus, there’s the added bonus of behavior and obedience training, which is always valuable!

Tara Stermer, Owner & Head Trainer at K9 Workingmind is offering online training courses via Zoom as well as informative webinars to help pet parents keep their dogs and puppies occupied with enrichment and training. Her online training programs such as basic obedience and her webinars on topics such as separation anxiety, Tara and her team offer pet parents invaluable resources for getting their dogs through quarantine and beyond.


Dog Walking or Pet Sitting During Quarantine Helps Dogs Socialize

Throughout quarantine, pet parents can help their dogs socialize and become used to being without their parents by hiring local pet sitters or dog walkers to spend time with them outdoors. This is especially important for people who will return to work soon and will need the services of a sitter or walker once things get back to normal. Hiring dog walkers or sitters now allows pets to get to know their sitter and also helps support local businesses during these uncertain times.

The Pet Gal has been extremely fortunate to have been able to continue to provide dog walking and pet sitting services to our client base of essential workers throughout Austin during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our sitters follow CDC guidelines by wearing PPE, sanitizing regularly, and limiting human contact. We are more than happy to help newly adopted pets adjust by taking them on walks or having backyard playtime even while pet parents are at home.

Contact The Pet Gal or K9 Workingmind today to help your new member of the family begin their transition to life post-quarantine with professional dog walking, pet sitting, and training services.

article by Pet Gal Kirstie.

27 Mar 2020

We Are Here For Your Pet Family

We Are Here For Your Pet Family

As cities begin to open and amend Stay At Home orders we want to assure you that we are here to care for your pets.

At the outset of the COVID-19, we implemented several safety procedures that will remain in place until there is not a risk of spreading the virus.

Your Well-Being Is Our Priority

The health and wellness of our clients, their pets, and our sitters are our top priority. We implemented the following COVID-19 safety procedures for our sitters that will be in effect until further notice. 

  • Social Distance Meet & Greets, Meet & Greets will be conducted via phone or video in Texas or wearing PPE and social distancing.
  • Self-Monitoring, sitters will check for symptoms and fever throughout the day
  • Sanitization Process, sitters will sanitize hands before and after every visit
  • Personal Protective Equipment, sitters will use PPE during visits
  • Social Distance visits, pet parents must keep a minimum distance of 6 feet between themselves and their sitters; preferably isolating in a separate room
  • Emergency Support, sitters have a 24/7 hotline to report illness and reassign visits

Community health remains everyone’s responsibility, and we kindly ask that you notify us immediately if you or someone in your home is sick, we are taking these extra precautions out of concern for our clients, their families, and our sitters.

Can pets get COVID-19?

At this time, the CDC has not received any reports of pets

or other animals infected with COVID-19. However, animals could be carriers of the disease, so as always, it’s essential to wash your

hands after handling any animal.

Can I help my sitter?

Several of our clients have reached out, asking if there is a way to help support their sitters. YOU CAN! If you ever wanted to tip your sitter, there is no better time than right now. 100% of your tip goes straight to the sitter, and they will especially appreciate it.

Additionally, we have added gift cards to our portal so you can support your local business by prepaying for service. 

article by Pet Gal Susan.

12 Sep 2017

Heart Broken Kitty Lands On Her Feet!

Heart Broken Kitty Lands On Her Feet!

Most of you read our previous blog post Heart Breaking Reason Kitty Needs Rescuing about adopting sweet Emma whose pet parent Jon sadly did not return to her after open heart surgery.

Jon had actually paid for care several weeks out so Pet Gal Jennifer Immel became extremely close to Emma while making every other day visits to check on Emma and give her loads of love. Throughout Jennifer was in constant communication with Jon’s family and worked diligently to try and find Emma a new forever home. Unfortunately, she was not able to find the right home for Emma.

That’s when we reached out to our incredible clients to ask them for help in finding the perfect new home for Emma.

The response to our request was overwhelming, we had the highest volume of traffic to our site for a single day ever, with 11 amazing families offering to adopt her! One kitty loving Pet Gal client who moved out of state wanted to adopt her and pay to have her flown to Denver! Another client offered to pay for her care until she could find a new family. After we saw all the responses coming in we knew we were going to be able to find Emma the perfect pet parent.

After careful consideration, Jennifer chose the daughter of a current Pet Gal client, Joey. Jennifer coordinated the meet and greet with Jon’s son, Scott, his family and Joey at Jon’s home. Joey couldn’t help but fall in love. Jon’s family, through their tears of mixed happiness and sadness, said their goodbyes. Emma found her new home!

Emma & Joey

We followed up with Joey today and she shared how Emma was adapting. She told me on the phone she was so heartbroken when she heard about Emma’s story and feared for her safety and life if she ended up going to the shelter. She was thrilled to be able to adopt Emma.

Here’s her update:

“It was nice talking with you this afternoon. As I mentioned, Emma is settling in nicely in her new home. She’s already making herself comfortable – sleeping on the bed, hanging out on the screened in porch patio furniture, etc. I think it’s going as well as can be expected for such an adjustment for her. We are having to work through some issues she has with her new brother, Nelson, but I think that will work out in time. Nelson has been great, he’s not fighting back when she lashes out at him – he just runs away and is left to wonder, “What’s up with this girl, what’d I do?!?”

Aside from her treatment of her new roommate/brother, she’s a super sweet girl who very much enjoys getting attention, being brushed, playing in cardboard boxes, etc. We are enjoying getting to know her more and trying to make her feel welcome in her new home!

I’m including a couple of pics I have of her – one was soon after we brought her home (still wondering what was going on) and the other in one of her new favorite spots (on the patio).

Best,

Joey”

Emma In Laundry

We can’t say how proud we are of The Pet Gal Family that answered the call to help Emma and the awe-inspiring care Pet Gal Jennifer provided above and beyond her visits. She was able to provide loving care for Emma, be a support for the family, find Emma’s new home all while working through the emotional loss of a long time client. Pet Gal Jennifer defines true professionalism and heartfelt care and an exemplary member of The Pet Gal Team.

Pet Gal Susan.

02 Aug 2017

Heart Breaking Reason Kitty Needs Rescuing

Heart Breaking Reason Kitty Needs Rescuing

Our featured rescue this week is very close to the hearts of our Gals. Sweet Emma was in our care while her guardian went in for open heart surgery. Sadly, he didn’t come back home to her. We’re continuing our visits giving her plenty of love and reassurance while her guardians family as well as The Pet Gal team help to find her a new, loving and happy fur-ever home.

Rescue This Kitty

Emma always greets us with purrs, leg rubs, and joy. She’s incredibly sweet and loves affection. She’s nine years old (born May 1, 2008) and has had a sibling cat most of her life. She hasn’t been around dogs but given her sweet nature, we’re sure she’d adapt well. She has no health concerns or issues and is micro chipped.

Rescue This Kitty

Her dad, who’s been a Pet Gal client for almost 9 years, provided her with a loving environment and took the best possible care of her. The surviving family (who resides out of state) would love to see her go to a loving home.

If you’re interested in adopting this sweet kitty, please send an email to info@thepetgal.com.

26 Jun 2017

How To Setup Your ShurLok Lock Box

How To Setup Your ShurLok Lock Box

This is a step-by-step guide to help you setup a ShurLok Lock Box. The video will cover everything you need to get started, how to enter the shackle combination, and how to access the key door.

To Get Started You Will Need:

1) A ShurLok Lock Box
2) A Lock Box Setup Card (Found In The Portal)
3) A Paperclip (Do Not Use A Screwdriver)
4) A Pen and Paper (To Write Down Your Combinations)
5) Watch the video below
6) Additional help Shurlok Support


To see the benefits of using a lock box check out an earlier post – Don’t Get Locked Out!.
Pet Gal Susan.