No one wants to imagine the unthinkable. That’s true when it comes to any worst-case scenario such as illness, accident, or a natural disaster. Still, we humans prepare ourselves for all kinds of possibilities.
We participate in disaster-preparedness drills at work and school, and we discuss our plans with our families. But we often overlook the very real possibility of leaving our dog home alone in an emergency.
If something happened to you while you were away from home on a normal day–say, a car accident or unexpected illness–your dog would still need to be taken care of. In the unlikely event your dog ends up home alone during an emergency, it’s important to have a plan in place to ensure your pup’s health and safety.
Here are a few things you can do right now to better prepare your pup.
1. Choose your emergency contacts
Choose a few trusted people to name as emergency contacts for your pup in the event she’s left home alone for an extended period of time. You can store their numbers in your Huan app or elsewhere in your phone. These should be people your dog is familiar with, and who spend time with you and your pup on a regular basis.
Ask these contacts if they’d be willing to look after your pet in the event of an emergency. Then, make sure they have whatever they need (keys, access codes, etc.) to access your home if needed.
2. Create easy-to-find care instructions
Make a detailed list of care instructions for your pet and display them prominently in your home. Putting this list on the refrigerator or a bulletin board in your kitchen would make it easy to find.
Leave care instructions for your emergency contacts. Let them know where the food is, how much to feed your pet, and how often. If your pet has health problems and requires medication, include those details, too.
Leave details regarding play and exercise so your dog can get the movement he needs while you’re away. Give your contacts tips on taking your dog for a walk or out to potty, too.
3. Have a designated area for food, toys, treats, leash, and meds
Keep all your dog’s care items in one easy-to-locate spot–preferably near your kitchen or a main living area in your house. That way, if you ever need someone else to care for your dog in a pinch, it will be easy for them to find everything they need to help you.
4. Make your pup comfortable
Always make sure your dog is as comfortable as possible before you leave the house. Do a quick sweep of her bedding and toys to ensure everything is clean and cozy. You want your pet to have a warm place to curl up any time, as they’ll likely sleep a lot while you’re out.
Ensure your pup is fed, watered, and walked before you leave. If they enjoy chew toys or treat-stuffed toys, leave one with them to keep them entertained for a little while.
5. Enable Home Alone Mode in your Huan app
We’ve just unveiled a new setting in the Huan app: Home Alone Mode! For iOS users, just enter the Settings menu and enable Home Alone Mode. (We’re rolling this feature out for Android users soon!)
This new setting will automatically alert the emergency contacts stored in your Huan App if you’re detected away from home for over 24 hours. It’s an added layer of protection to ensure your pet gets the care she needs when you’re away.
If you’re already part of the Huan pack, enable Home Alone Mode for iOS today. For more information about Huan Smart Tags and the Huan app, click the button below.
Emergencies happen. At Huan, our mission is to keep your pets safe and to give you peace of mind. The Huan app alerts you when your pet is detected away from home or away from you. But what if your pet needs to spend an extended amount of time at home alone?
We created Home Alone by Huan as an additional layer of protection so you can rest easy when you’re out of the house and away from your pal. Whatever takes you away from home–whether that’s work, play, or an emergency–our new Home Alone Mode has you covered.
Here’s how it works:
Enable Home Alone mode in your Huan app (iOS)
Create an Emergency Contact list in your Huan app
If you are away from home for over 24 hours, your pet’s Smart Tag will alert your emergency contacts
Home Alone Mode is available through your app settings menu, where you manage your Emergency Contact list. The setting is equipped to make your contacts aware that your pet is at home alone. Once enabled, your Huan app will display a prominent message on the map page, reminding you that emergency alerts will be sent to your contacts after the 24-hour period is over.
Home Alone Mode can help your pet get the care it needs in the event of an unexpected absence or emergency such as:
Unplanned overtime or double-shifts at work
This nightmare scenario happened to a good friend of mine not long ago when a travel delay prevented her from getting home to her pet on time:
“I had to go on a business trip to Vegas for a weekend and my best friend was watching my dog,” she says. “She left early one morning to go to work, as I was supposed to fly back to LA that night.
“My flight got delayed 3 times. Then, the flight got canceled and I didn’t get home until the next morning.
“My dog was alone for almost 24 hours! I have never felt worse in my life.”
Now, to prevent that same event in the future, my friend can simply set her pet-sitter as an Emergency Contact in the Huan app. Then, Huan will both remind my friend and her contact so her dog will be taken care of while she’s gone.
To prevent false alarms, Huan will send out several warnings and alerts throughout the day if your pet appears to be home alone.
After you’ve been away from home for 12 hours, the system will send you a reminder that Home Alone Mode is enabled.
Follow-up reminders will be sent to your phone at 1 hour, 30 minutes, and 15 minutes before the 24-hour period ends.
If no signal has been received from your pets after these warnings and Home Alone Mode is still enabled, Huan will send a text message to your emergency contacts, notifying them that your pets are home alone and asking them to make sure they are OK.
No one wants their furry friend to be left alone unexpectedly. Home Alone Mode helps to ensure your pet is taken care of when you’re away from the house.
Home Alone Mode is currently available for iOS (Apple iPhones), with an Android version arriving shortly. If you’re not already part of the Huan pack, click the button below to learn more!
Many individuals and families nationwide are choosing to exercise social distancing–and to self-quarantine at home–while the COVID-19 situation continues to develop. With the very real possibility of mandated self-quarantine, it’s possible that we may all end up spending a lot of time indoors with our dogs.
If you have a private yard and plenty of space for your dog to get outside and exercise, you should be in pretty good shape. But if you live in an apartment complex or in an area where you can’t go outside, your dog is probably going to get a little stir-crazy before this is all over.
Many vets are encouraging people who have not tested positive for COVID-19 to continue interacting normally with their pets. Still, you should absolutely limit your pet’s exposure to other people and animals, you shouldn’t have to change your usual interactions.
While you’re shut-in with your dog more than normal, it’s important to keep them entertained and exercised as much as you can. Dogs who are restless and bored are more likely to exibit nervous and destructive behaviors–and they may even attempt to escape from home.
We’ve gathered a few examples of fun indoor activities to keep your dog occupied while you shelter-in-place.
Before we dive in…
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, then it’s important to limit your exposure to your pet as much as possible. If you have other individuals in your home who can help take care of your pet while you recover, share this list of ideas with them.
Of course, if you live alone with your pet, you won’t be able to limit your exposure. In that case, take it easy while you recover–and give these activities a try as you feel able.
1. Chew toys and bones
Puppies and dogs love to chew, and it’s a great way to help them expend some energy during the day. Purchase a heavy-duty toy or two that your pup can’t destroy, and encourage them to have a little chew time every day. Providing safe chew toys should help deter your dog from chewing on furnutire and shoes.
2. Give extra attention and cuddles
If you’re healthy, you should continue showing your dog affection, including giving plenty of pets and cuddles. Research shows that just 10 minutes of petting your dog can help reduce stress and anxiety–a valuable benefit, especially these days. (But try to avoid letting your pup lick your face, just to be on the safe side.)
3. Treat hide-and-seek
Playing hide-and-seek with your dog’s treats can be a fun, tasty diversion during a long day at home. You can opt to hide treats around the house or put a treat inside a toy for your dog to retrieve. Toys you can stuff with treats, like KONG or similar dog toys, can help keep your pup occupied for quite a while.
4. Learn some new tricks
While you’re hanging out at home with your dog, it’s a great opportunity to learn some new tricks. Use a clicker or small treats as rewards when your pup follows your instructions. Shoot videos of your dog’s new achievements and share them with your friends via social media to give them (and yourself) a much-needed pick-me-up.
5. Play hallway fetch
If you have a long hallway in your house, take advantage of it. Halls are great for playing fetch with a tennis ball!
6. Tug on a rope
Knotted tug-ropes are great for helping your dog expend some energy. And as long as you’re feeling well, they’ll help you get your body moving, too.
7. Walk the stairs
Do you have a staircase in your home? If your dog is comfortable walking up and down the stairs, this is a great opportunity for them to get some great cardio.
8. Bathtub ball
Many small dogs enjoy a good challenge. For example, I grew up with a Jack Russell Terrior who loved to run a tennis ball around our bathtub. (This works best in a large tub, but it’s also possible in a standard-size tub, too. Maggie even managed to do this in a walk-in shower.) If you have a small, energetic dog who likes to chase a small ball, letting them run it around the inside of the bathtub might give you a good laugh–and tire your dog out, too.
If you’re spending a lot of time at home like we are, best of luck! We hope we’ve given you plenty of great ideas for keeping boredom at bay. And, we wish you health and safety during this uncertain time.
Bored pups are at higher risk of escaping from the house. If your pup does manage to take off during self-quarantine, it’s important to locate them and bring them home as soon as you can. Lightweight, affordable Huan Smart Tags alert you the moment your escape artist is detected away from home or away from you.
Hi Everyone! Huan Founders here. We’ve been hanging out in our little Huan HQ watching the world change in real-time around us because of COVID-19, wondering what we can possibly do to help out all the folks who are stuck at home, unable to work (or worse, laid off). We believe it is our responsibility to do as much as we can – we’re in this together!
So, effective immediately, we are opening up our Huan Ambassador program to everyone, and doubling our commission payout. What is the Huan Ambassador program, you say? Good Question!
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