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4th of July safety tips for your pets

Every year, thousands of pets run away, go missing, end up in shelters, or even get hit by cars because of fireworks. We know – we see it every time. 

This is a scary time for dogs and cats. Please follow these simple safety tips to make sure your pets are safe and avoid unnecessary heartbreak.

Loud noises are much louder outdoors, and a dogs’ natural instinct is to run.

Don’t leave your pets outside!

Please leave your pets indoors, and close all windows/doors to prevent them from escaping. Close and lock all sliding doors and windows to prevent your pets from panic clawing through the window.

If you won’t be home – please leave the TV on (no fireworks displays tho!) to help provide some relaxing background noise.

Don’t bring your pets to an outdoor event or BBQ.

Even with social distancing guidelines in place, we can still have a small gathering at a public place to celebrate. With loud bangs all around, some pets can get spooked and run away very, very quickly, ending up in traffic.

Make sure your Huan Tags have fresh batteries.

Now is a great time to make sure your Tags have fresh batteries (if you haven’t checked in a while) and go over your contact and pet info inside the Huan app to make sure you’re quickly reunited with your pet in case something happens and they run away.

Replacing your battery is easy! Just follow these instructions.

Have a safe and happy holiday from all of us at Huan! Anything missing? Let us know in the comments below.

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The Huan Ambassador Program

If you got here through a friend, take a minute and read about Huan, what it is, and how it works!

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!

Huan Ambassadors earn commissions by referring friends/colleagues/social media followers to Huan. It’s as easy as sharing a link or a code on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/TikTok, and it’s something you can do from home! All you need is an Internet connection and a social media account, both of which you obviously have 🙂

Puppy Pie collecting data at Huan HQ

We realize that this might hurt our short-term revenue, but the well-being of our customers and their pets is our primary concern. We are happy to help in any way we can!

Sounds good? Want to get involved? Fill out this form and get started!

Oh, and Please remember to stay safe!

— Puppy and Gilad.

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Introducing Automatic “Missing Pet” shareable posts

Starting today, Huan will automatically generate a Missing Pet post every time a pet is marked as “Missing” inside the Huan App, enabling users to share a professionally made, detailed missing pet post on Social Media with just a single click, saving precious time and spreading the word quickly using Facebook, NextDoor or Twitter.

Using the information from your pet profile inside the Huan App, the Missing Pet alert will include all relevant information such as Name, Photo, Breed and Medical information, as well as an interactive live map showing their last known location and the last time they were seen.

Sharing the post is easy – you can do it right from the social sharing icons at the top of the screen on our website (right here!), or use the built-in Share functionality inside the Huan App:

You can use your phone’s built-in sharing dialog to share the missing pet post using Text, Email, Facebook/Twitter/NextDoor or any other form. You can even share fellow owner missing pets to help them find their pet, even if you’re not nearby!

What do you think? Have an idea you’d like to suggest? Let us know in the comments below!

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Tiny Huan Tags are here!

The smallest tag there is, for the smallest pets! Tiny Huan fits the smaller collar sizes worn by small and tiny breed dogs and even cats!

Available in four beautiful colors: Hot Pink, Blue Grey, Forest Green and Midnight Blue, Tiny Huan tags use a standard, small form-factor coin-cell battery to provide up to four months of continuous battery life in a truly tiny form factor.

Tiny Huan tags are compatible with the Huan App and are available to order today!

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Watch the Pet Protection Network updates in real time

Our brand new Live Map feature showcases the Pet Protection Network and shows a live stream of pet detection events as they happen, right inside your browser! Click here to open the live map.

Every blinking pet icon means a pet wearing a Huan Tag has been detected by an owner or a fellow Huan User, and the heatmap-style layer shows areas with a large concentration of Huan users and pets.

Don’t see your area covered on the map? Don’t worry! You can use your personal Referral code to invite fellow pet owners around your community and expand the Pet Protection Network to your neighborhood in no time!

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Refer your friends – Get bonuses and win awesome prizes!

Announcing our brand new Huan Referral program!

Starting today, you can refer your friends using our brand new Referrals screen inside the Huan App. Just tap on the ‘Referrals’ button from the left side menu to open the invite screen and generate your unique referral code:

You can share your unique code on Facebook, Email messages or text it to friends, and even take a screenshot and send it to them! When they use your code to purchase a new subscription, you will receive a referral credit worth $5 and they get a 5% Huan Subscription discount for life.

Once a month, we will reward the users with the highest number of referrals:

The top spot every month will receive a Limited Edition Huan Tag and a free Huan subscription for a year! (plus bragging rights)

The Top 5 referrers every month will receive our awesome ‘Your Dog is invited but you can’t come‘ Huan T-Shirts.

Every referral helps us keep more pets safe and every new user counts! Spread the word and help us keep keep your pups safe and happy.

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10 ways your dog says “I Love You”

If you have a dog, you undoubtedly tell them you love them every day (if not every hour!). But how does your dog say “I love you” back? Believe it or not, dogs do have ways of communicating their feelings for you. Look for these signs, and feel the love:

Looking into your eyes

Bosco the Handsome Pitbull

Dogs use eye contact as a way to communicate love to their owners. When dogs gaze into your eyes, their bodies are flooded with the bonding hormone oxytocin. It’s the same hormone parents feel when they hug their children.

Greeting you with excitement

When your dog bounds over to you the second you walk in the door, they’re basically saying “Hey! I love you!” Jumping, tail wagging, and general excitement all translate to love in dog lingo. So remember that when their paws are ruining your best suit!

Staying in constant contact with you

You ever find your dog following you from room to room? Leaning against your legs? Putting their paw on your arm? A dog that needs to be in constant contact with you is trying to tell you that they love you. Their clinginess may be overbearing, but it’s how you know they care. 

Cuddling you, even after a meal

Dogs may cuddle up to you when they want something like a treat or an extra helping of dinner. But a dog that still wants to cuddle after a meal is doing it because they love you! In fact, they may even love you more than they love food (gasp!).

Yawning when you yawn

Dogs are highly socialized creatures, and because of that they have strong empathy. One way you can tell this is if your dog yawns after you yawn. A sympathy yawn is a common occurrence between humans, but dogs also do it because they are emotionally bonded to you. That’s love, baby!

Sleeping with you

When dogs want to sleep with you it’s not just because you have the comfiest bed in the house. Dogs are pack animals, and evolutionarily speaking they rely on the warmth of others to stay toasty all night long. When a dog wants to sleep with you they’re telling you: You’re my family.

Knowing your mood

When you’re feeling down, your dog knows it because they are highly perceptive creatures. A dog that loves you will try and comfort you by laying their head in your lap or licking you. It’s their way of showing you they care. 

Forgiving you

They don’t call ‘em man’s best friend for nothing. Dogs will forgive their owners for yelling or reprimanding them in an effort to preserve the bond. (Now if only humans could do the same!).

Bringing you their favorite toy

It’s not just because they want to play. Dogs bring you toys because they want to express their love for you by “gifting” you their favorite thing. It’s their way of showing respect to you as their pack leader.  

Coming to you when they’re scared

During thunderstorms, fireworks, or a trip to the vet, does your dog look for you? That’s because your dog sees you as a safe haven. They come to you because they trust you will provide them with comfort. And what’s love if not emotional dependence? (We’re kidding. Kind of).

This is a guest post by Erin Chack. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Anxious dog? Look for these 10 warning signs

For both humans and dogs, it’s completely normal to have anxiety. Anxiety is a natural response to stressful situations, and though it can feel unpleasant, our anxiety is there to keep us safe. Knowing the symptoms of anxiety in dogs can help you intervene when your dog is in high stress situations, like when they are left alone in a strange place or if they feel threatened by another dog. Additionally, if you have a dog that displays anxious behaviors all the time they may have an anxiety disorder, which can be properly diagnosed by your vet.

How do you know if your dog has anxiety? You can look for these signs: 

Aggression

Aggression is the most serious sign to look out for. An anxious dog may act aggressive to defend themself against a perceived threat by barking, growling, or lashing out. This may happen when people or animals are merely present or only when people or animals come between you and your dog. In both situations, your dog’s aggression can lead to dangerous altercations so be aware of the warning signs.

Urinating or defecating in the house

An anxious dog — even a housebroken anxious dog — may urinate or defecate inside the house when they are upset. This is a very common sign of separation anxiety, which is your dog’s fear of being alone. Urinating and defecating may happen because anxiety wreaks havoc on digestion or because your dog thinks you’re never coming back to walk them. Either way, it’s a frustrating and unpleasant issue for both dogs and owners.

Destructive behavior

Separation anxiety can also lead to destructive behavior. Like with humans, an anxious dog may try to escape from the thing making them feel anxious (in this case, an empty house), which leads to attempting to break or chew their way out, which causes destruction to your home and potential harm to your dog.

Repetitive or compulsive behavior

If your dog is feeling stressed out, they may resort to repetitive or compulsive behavior, like licking or biting themself. This is similar in humans: We may bite our nails if we are feeling stressed out. These repetitive behaviors are your dog’s way of attempting to self-soothe or quell their heightened anxiety, but it can be harmful to your dog if they do it to the point of rash or injury. There are other repetitive behaviors that are less dangerous but still telling like yawning, blinking, and lip licking, so keep an eye out for those too.

Panting

You may be used to seeing your dog pant on a hot day or after a long walk, but if you find your dog panting with no obvious cause, they may be anxious. Dogs pant during bouts of heightened anxiety the same way a humans hyperventilate. It’s your dog’s way of trying to keep up with their elevated heart rate. Anxious panting sometimes happens during thunderstorms, fireworks, car rides, or when meeting new dogs. 

Excessive barking

Dogs bark excessively for three reasons. First, they may be trying to communicate their feelings of anxiety. Second, they may be trying to comfort themselves with the sound of their own voice. And lastly, they may be trying to get your attention so you will remove them from what they perceive to be a stressful situation.

Drooling

When your dog is nervous, their salivary glands overproduce saliva, which results in drooling. This is not harmful to your dog, but it is an indication that they are stressed out and anxious. You may notice this happening at the vet or when your dog meets another dog.

Depression

Yes, dogs can be depressed! A depressed dog may act generally lethargic or show no interest in activities they used to love, like walks and rides in the car. They may have no appetite or not get excited to see people. They also may spend the day hiding in small places around the house. A dog can fall into a depression as a result of suffering through too much anxiety.

Changes in body language

A dog may change their body language when feeling stressed out. This may look like trembling, tail tucking, or hiding. While dogs are not doing these things on purpose, they are clear indicators of how your dog is feeling. If you notice the patterns of your dog’s body language, you may be able to identify what is causing them anxiety and make changes to help them feel more at ease.

Restlessness

An anxious dog is full of nervous energy, and that may result in restlessness. Your dog may pace around or circle the room. If they’re trying to rest, they may switch position a lot. You know your dog’s behavior better than anyone — if you sense your dog is acting more restless than usual, they may be stressed.

This is a guest post by Erin Chack. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Adoptable Dog of the Week

A new installment of our weekly feature – promoting adoptable rescue dogs and the people who help them!

This week’s Adoptable Rescue dog is Sierra!

Meet Sierra! On Thanksgiving morning, this beautiful lady was rescued in a canyon near the San Bernardino mountains, looking for scraps to eat. As a survivor, Sierra and her rescuer had plenty to be thankful for.

Sierra is mellow, sweet and gentle. She loves her dogs, especially little ones, with proper introductions. We don’t know her history, but we know that she is a bit shy in the beginning. Once she gets to know you, she is ALL love and wants to just hang around.

To submit an application to adopt Sierra, please visit Paws of LA.