Hey family! We hope you’re staying healthy, safe, and happy during these challenging times. This week we wanted to spread a bit of joy rather than dwelling on the not-so-fun things that are going on out in the world these days. Check out these feel good animal stories and let us know if you have any of your own to share! Let’s see those funny videos and photos of Fido, Max, and all the other fur babies.
Let’s keep the positivity flowing and make sure to share love with your families, friends, and neighbors...even if it means making a FaceTime call to a long lost friend. Everyone on the Village Pets team wishes y’all healthy, safety, and peace. Take care! See you soon.
This week on the blog, we’re sharing a few easy-to-teach tricks for you and your pup to learn together. Dog training can be a fun way to keep your dog busy (and tired!) and take your mind off the strange things going on in the world.
We’re all about the positive rewards at The Village Pets, so we suggest rewarding positive behavior rather than punishing/shaming the behaviors you don’t want to see. Treats are great but excited verbal praise is always a good reward too! We recognize that all pups and families are different, so choose the method that fits your unique needs. Remember - dog training requires PATIENCE and it will be perfectly normal for these to take hours, days, or even weeks to perfect.
These are common commands but you can customize them however you’d like. Just be consistent. If you want your dog to learn “shake,” make sure to use that same word every single time. Simple, straightforward, and consistent commands work best.
If you have dog training tips to share, please add them to the comments below. Even better - if your pup can do fancy tricks, please send us videos! We would love to feature them on our social media pages and give them alllll the praise.
We know this is a stressful and confusing time as concerns about coronavirus continue to impact more aspects of daily life in Metro Atlanta.
Please read below for some simple pet care tips and service updates from The Village Pets.
Caring for Your Fur Balls
As you begin adjusting your daily routines to be more cautious and avoid crowded areas, try to maintain your fur ball's routine as much as possible. Big changes in day-to-day activities can cause stress and anxiety, which can have multiplier effects during an already difficult time.
While the CDC maintains there is no evidence that the virus can be transmitted from household pets to humans, we recommend limiting contact with your pets if you become ill. The Village Pets is ready and willing to assist if these circumstances arise.
Make sure the emergency contact information you provided on your initial Pet Sitting Agreement From is accurate, especially if your fur balls are receiving care now or in the immediate future. It's important for us to know who we should call in case of an emergency.
Our Commitment to You and Your Fur Balls
We are open!
We have been following updates closely, and do not have reason to believe that our normal services should be altered at the moment.
Whether it’s giving your pup the exercise and socialization they need, helping you create a quiet and productive work environment at home, or taking care of your furry family member while you’re sick, our daycare and dog walking services are here to help.
Safety, sanitation, and hygiene have always been top priorities for The Village Pets. Our daycare and boarding areas are sanitized regularly and the dogs change locations frequently to encourage proper cleaning routines and circulation of fresh, clean air. We maintain high standards of cleanliness during in-home visits by washing our hands and utilizing hand sanitizer between each visit.
Our team of pet sitters will continue working as long as they feel healthy and able. In case someone falls ill, we will ask them to stay home and appreciate your understanding as changes occur. We are committed to open, honest, and prompt communication during this time.
If you have any additional questions about our safety and sanitary procedures or other concerns related to COVID-19, please contact us.
Raise your hand if you’re tired of this rainy winter weather! We definitely are. Rain does bring pretty flowers. The daffodils are blooming already, which means spring is right around the corner.
This week we’ve cultivated a list of the best fur ball-friendly spring activities in Metro Atlanta. Did we miss something? Comment and share below!
If you’re looking for low-cost or free activities, there are always a ton of great walking paths and doggie parks to enjoy during the nice ATL weather too. If you’d prefer to hang out on a nice patio and drink a cold beer in the spring sunshine, consider this list of pet-friendly restaurant patios instead!
To help your relationship with your pet to thrive, we love offering tips & tricks to help owners get the most out of our services.