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9 Ways to Take Care of Your Pet with Huan

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If you have dogs, cats, or other animal friends in your home, then you know how important it is to take care of your pet. There are many ways to ensure your furry friends are healthy, happy, and safe, but naturally, we always want to go the extra mile. 

One way to add an additional layer of protection for your pets is by using Huan Smart Tags and pairing them with our app. Lightweight, durable, and powered by Bluetooth LE, Smart Tags are a safe alternative to GPS pet trackers and pet microchips. 

Huan is best known for helping reunite pet owners with their lost dogs and cats, but Smart Tags go beyond just detecting pets away from home. 

So how can else can you take care of your pet with Huan? Let’s look at nine possibilities.  

1. Locating your lost pet. 

The heartache and fear that come with losing a pet are gut-wrenching, and no one should ever have to experience them. Unfortunately, pets escape from home in a variety of ways and go missing every single day. The pet owners who are unlucky enough to have lost a beloved furry friend say they’d do anything to get their pet back. 

Our CEO, Gilad, came up with the idea for Huan after nearly losing his dog while out of town. Luckily, Puppy P. Pie was quickly located in the driveway of the home where Gilad was staying. However, that terrible dread stuck with him, and the concept for Smart Tags was born. (You can read the full story here.) 

If your pet escapes from your home or yard and is detected away from you, the Huan app will alert you automatically. That peace of mind is invaluable, especially when you know what it’s like to lose a dog or cat.

2. Keeping track of your pet on vacation.

Pets can easily get lost or afraid in a new place. A dog or cat on vacation is surrounded by unfamiliar territory–new smells, new furniture, new house. Perhaps the guests before you had pets, too, and your dog or cat is picking up on their scent. 

Either way, vacation can trigger a cascade of uncomfortable feelings in your dog or cat. They may be feeling fearful or skittish in this new place. Anxiety can make a pet more likely to try to escape, so work to soothe your pet when you’re staying in a new place–especially if you’re going to be leaving them at the vacation rental. 

When you go on outings, use your Huan app to keep an eye on your pet–and make sure they’re staying where they’re supposed to be! 

3. Taking precautions on adventure outings. 

Many members of the Huan pack rely on Smart Tags when they go on adventures with their dogs. Huan is durable enough for hiking, boating, fishing, running an obstacle course, playing frisbee, swimming at the beach, and much more. 

Your dog’s Smart Tag will help you reunite with your pup if you get separated on your big day out. Time is of the essence, especially if you’re exploring in a potentially hazardous area. 

4. Monitoring your pet while you’re at work.

Whether your pets are home alone or hanging with the pet-sitter or dog walker while you’re at work, Huan will help you ensure they’re safe. You can use your app to check up on your pets’ whereabouts, even from the office.

Huan pack member Hannah Hackley uses Smart Tags for her dogs, Lyla and Finley. The pups are rescues from Los Angeles-based Wags and Walks. So far, Hannah’s dogs haven’t escaped from home. As a precautionary measure, Huan provides her with peace of mind.

“Luckily–fingers crossed–they haven’t escaped,” Hannah says. 

According to Hannah, Huan helps her keep up with Lyla and Finley whether they’re home or out with the dog walkers. 

“Our dog walkers are great and we trust them, but you never know what could happen,” she says. “Someone could leave the door open, or one of them could get off their leash during a walk. This was the best thing we could have chosen for any potential scenario.

“When we’re at work, we can open the map and see that they’re indeed at our house instead of wandering around. It’s a great tool that brings a lot of peace of mind. We know where they are, and they always have their tags on.” 

Hannah says she didn’t want to face losing a pet with no way to locate them. 

“We’ve heard of so many situations from our friends and family who have lost pets. Luckily, they have found their animals, but we never wanted to be in that same situation,” she says.

5. Keeping an eye on your foster pets.

If you’ve ever fostered or adopted a pet, you know they’re more likely to attempt an escape. That’s because some rescues and fosters are attempting to get back to their previous home, or perhaps they’re anxious or afraid in their new surroundings.

Hannah hopes to begin fostering more pets in the near future, and she plans to use Huan tags to keep tabs on them, just like her rescue dogs. (A number of animal shelters and humane societies across the country are using Huan for the dogs and cats they place with foster and forever families.) 

6. Herding cats–literally.

Do you have cats with access to the outdoors? Huan can help you locate them, particularly if they tend to hide out near your house. 

Although cats may appear to run away from home from time to time, they’re usually hanging out nearby. Use Huan to scout their hiding places so you’ll know where to look when they dip out for a little while. 

One member of the Huan pack uses Smart Tags to round her cats up every evening before bedtime. Her furry friends are indoor-outdoor pets, so she saves time by being able to locate exactly where they are in her yard or near her home. 

7. Checking on your pet when you’re away for an extended period of time.

Working an unexpected double shift? Stuck in a major traffic jam? Had an accident or sudden illness? Huan’s Home Alone feature allows you to get help for your pet after they’ve been home by themselves for over 12 hours. 

Automatic alerts ping your phone when you’ve been detected away from home for extended hours, including during an emergency. You can also set up an Emergency Contact list, whose members can receive automated alerts to check on your pet after a certain period of time.

Home Alone adds a layer of protection for your pet that ensures they don’t go too long without food, water, playtime, or a potty break while you’re away. It’s a great way to take care of your pet even if you can’t be there with them. 

8. Locating anxious pets during trigger events.

Do you have a pet who’s fearful of weather events like thunderstorms, or loud noises like fireworks? Does your pet hide–or even try to run away–when these events trigger their anxiety? If that’s the case, Huan can help you keep tabs on their whereabouts. 

Some areas of the country are more prone to severe weather events than others. In the Deep South where I live, for example, it’s not unusual to experience tornado warnings throughout the year. Additionally, most communities test their tornado sirens weekly. 

If your pet is easily spooked during these times, Huan will be a helpful assist–especially if you need to round up the fur babies and hunker down in the shelter until the storm passes. 

9. Building a Pet Protection Network in your community.

Because Huan is community-based, you’re adding more protection for your pet (and others) when you build a Pet Protection Network among friends and family in your community. 

When a community group of Huan app users gets together, they form a wider protective net for runaway pets in the local area. Think of it as your pet’s very own “village” that comes together to look after her and make sure she’s safe at home with her family. 

Ready to take care of your pet with Huan? Click the button below to learn more! 

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How to Build a Pet Protection Network in Your Community

Huan is powered by community. When groups of people in the same neighborhood, town, or county are all using Huan, they’re exponentially increasing the chances of locating lost pets and returning them to their homes as quickly as possible. 

Our Smart Tags utilize Bluetooth LE power, meaning they have the ability to flag the Huan app as soon as your pet is detected away from home or away from you. In order for your pet to be detected sooner rather than later, you’ll need some active Huan app users nearby.

Let’s look at a few ways you can build a Huan pet protection community in your own backyard. 

1. Tell your friends and family.

Let your fellow pet owners know about Huan so they can protect their pets, too. We offer a wide variety of colors and designs in our collection of durable silicone sleeves. 

But Huan isn’t just for pet owners. For friends and family who don’t have pets, installing the Huan app means they can keep an eye on other missing pets in the neighborhood–including yours. The Huan app is free for anyone to use, and it doesn’t require a paid subscription like the Smart Tags do. 

2. Talk to your community animal shelter. 

Animal shelters are busy, crowded places, but the shelter volunteers go above and beyond to help pets find their homes. That includes taking in lost pets and seeking out their owners. 

Our animal shelter partners send their adopted pets home with a Huan tag of their very own. And, if your missing pet is picked up by a shelter volunteer, they can utilize the Huan app to get in touch with you–so you can get your furry friend safely home. 

3. Help build our Sensor Network. 

Beyond the Huan app, our Huan Sensor Network is another part of our commitment to locate lost pets and reunite them with their owners. If you own a brick-and-mortar business in your hometown, setting up a sensor in your office provides a stationary location that will flag pet owners’ apps when their lost pet is nearby.

If you’re part of the Sensor Network, tell other business owners about it. Together, you can widen the net in your town.

We also offer sensors that can be placed in your vehicle. Animal control workers, utility workers, delivery drivers, and other professionals who spend a lot of time in their vehicles are a valuable part of our pet-locating networks.

4. Leverage social media. 

Word of mouth is a powerful tool, and social media is one way to spread the word far and wide. Not only can you leverage your social networks to build Huan in your community; you can spread the word to your friends’ communities as well.

Are you part of our pack? 

If you’re not part of the Huan pack yet, we’d love to have you! And if you are, tell your friends. There’s strength and safety in numbers, and the larger we can grow our Huan communities, the more pets we can bring home safely–and quickly.

Click the button below to learn more! 

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What to Do If You Find a Lost Dog

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Whether or not you’re a Huan app user, you’ll likely encounter a lost dog in your area from time to time. You might spot a lost dog in your neighborhood, or you might receive a Huan alert from a sensor nearby that has detected a lost pet. 

Either way, you need to know what to do if you find a lost dog. Here are several tips to help you out. 

1. Don’t approach or run after the dog. 

If you come across a lost dog, don’t make the first move–and definitely don’t run after it. You’re close to helping this pet get home again, so you don’t want to scare it away. 

Instead, wait quietly and move slowly. You can sit or crouch where you are to see if the dog approaches you. Don’t make direct eye contact, and be patient.

2. If the dog comes to you, don’t reach for it. 

Let’s say the dog walks cautiously over to you. Even if it’s within arm’s reach, don’t try to make a move yet. Allow the dog to make its way to you in its own time, and let it sniff you and check you out. 

The dog needs to feel safe near you, so be patient. If you reach for a lost dog too soon, it could become afraid and bite you.

3. Remain quiet and still. 

Stay still and quiet while the dog checks you out. If the pup determines you seem safe, it may come closer or indicate it wants to be touched. If you make any sound, speak softly–don’t raise your voice. 

4. Put the dog on a leash or in a crate if you can.

If possible, put a leash on the dog or get the dog into a pet-safe crate or carrier. It’s important to try to get the dog to your home or to an animal shelter safely. 

If you’re not able to leash or crate the lost dog, you can try leaving some food or a treat near where you saw it. This could help you (or the dog’s owner) be able to locate the dog later.

5. Look for a collar and ID tags.

If the dog is wearing a collar and ID tags, you’ll be able to get its information easily–possibly even the dog’s name and its owner’s contact information. From there, you can contact its owner and make arrangements to reunite the pup with its best friend. 

If you can’t get the owner’s contact information from an ID tag, you will need to take it to a vet or shelter to be scanned for a microchip (that is, if the dog comes with you). If the dog has no identification, you’ll need to surrender it to a local humane society. Its owners will probably try looking there first. 

6. Place an ad in the newspaper, make flyers, and post to social media.

Finally, get the word out! Take some pictures of the lost dog and make flyers, place an ad in the paper, and post them to your social media channels. Be sure to include the humane society where the dog is located, plus your contact information so the owner can reach out. 

Wrapping up

If you have the chance to help reunite a lost pup with its family, you should absolutely take it. And if you’re passionate about helping dogs get back to their owners, you can install the Huan app at no cost. 

Even if you don’t have a pet of your own, the Huan app will alert you when a lost dog or cat comes within 300 feet of a sensor in our advancced network. Then, you can do your part to help reunite a lost dog with its family. 

Want to know more? Download Huan from Google Play or the App Store, or click the button below!

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Preparing Your Dog to be Home Alone in an Emergency

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Do you have an emergency plan for your dog?

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.

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Introducing Home Alone by Huan

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: 

  • Accident
  • Illness
  • Hospitalization
  • Unplanned overtime or double-shifts at work
  • Travel delays
  • Natural disasters 

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!

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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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4 Tips for Managing Dog Travel Anxiety

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Dog travel anxiety is a common issue for many pet owners. Travel anxiety can be incredibly disruptive to your dog and to you. In fact, many dogs run away on vacation or during travel because they’re feeling anxious. 

So what can you do for your nervous pup? Here are 4 tips for managing dog travel anxiety, whether you’re going on a road trip or just taking a quick ride to the park. 

How do I know if my dog has travel anxiety? 

First, observe how your dog behaves in the car. Does he or she become agitated or act out-of-character? 

If you’re not sure, here are a few signs your dog might be experiencing anxiety during travel: 

  • Yawning
  • Drooling excessively
  • Whining
  • Barking
  • Pacing the vehicle
  • Acting agitated
  • Unable to relax
  • Scratching
  • Urinating
  • Shaking or quivering all over
  • Trying to escape the vehicle

Tips for managing your dog’s anxiety on the road 

It’s important to manage your dog’s travel anxiety. Let’s look at a few methods that may help calm and soothe your pup on the road. 

1. Identify whether your dog is getting carsick

Many signs of carsickness in dogs overlap with the signs of travel anxiety. Unless your pet is vomiting on road trips, it might be difficult to tell. Talk with your dog’s veterinarian about their symptoms–your dog may need medication or supplements to help alleviate their carsickness. 

Some common, over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for carsickness in dogs include Benadryl, Bonine, and Dramamine. Nutritional supplements such as CBD and ginger are also popular among pet owners. Your vet may also prescribe a medication called Cerenia, which is a non-sedative treatment for motion sickness that helps prevent vomiting. 

Always consult your vet before giving your pet any medication or supplement. Keep in mind that treating motion sickness may not alleviate your dog’s travel anxiety completely. Most likely, they now associate the car with feeling sick.

2. Practice exercises that desensitize your dog to the car

You can do exercises with your pet to help desensitize and counter-condition them for travel. This may involve spending short periods of time in the car with your pet at home, before you try taking them away from home again.

Here’s one method of desensitizing your dog to the car: 

  • Spend time sitting in the car with your dog while it’s not running. Give your dog a reward when they behave in a calm or relaxed manner. 
  • Next, sit in the car while it’s running. Again, reward your dog for calm behavior.
  • After that, you can take your dog driving for short distances. Go someplace close to home, like the park, and take your pup for a walk (or another activity they enjoy).
  • Increase your travel distance over time. 

As you help desensitize your dog, have patience. Every dog is different, so the length of time will vary from one dog to the next. 

3. Help your dog feel more secure in the car

Some dogs feel less anxious about travel if they’re snug and secure in the car. There are several options for helping your dog feel more comfortable: 

  • Have them wear a ThunderShirt or other deep-pressure garment for anxiety
  • Buckle them in with a dog seat belt or travel harness
  • Place their crate in a safe place inside the car and have them travel in it

4. Medicate your dog for anxiety  

There are a number of anti-anxiety medications your vet may prescribe for your dog’s travel anxiety. Among these are Buspirone, Clomipramine, Dexmedetomidine, Ativan, Xanax, and Valium. Unless your dog experiences anxiety all the time, your vet will want to treat them for situational anxiety. 

Treating travel anxiety can help prevent escape attempts

When a dog is feeling stressed or anxious–especially away from home–they’re more likely to attempt an escape. It’s nerve-wracking for your dog to go missing on vacation, so you want to help them feel as comfortable as possible. 

Your dog’s anxiety can also cause you to feel anxious. One way to give yourself peace of mind is by protecting your dog with a Huan Smart Tag. Huan alerts your phone automatically when your dog is detected away from home or away from you–which is incredibly useful for those road trips when they’re feeling extra nervous.

Learn more about Smart Tags below!

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Help! Why Does My Adopted Pet Try to Escape?

Help! Why Does My Adopted Pet Try to Escape?

Pets adopted from humane societies and animal shelters are the most likely to try to escape from their new home. This is a difficult and frightening reality for many new pet owners. No one wants to lose a beloved pet, and we all want to do everything we can to keep them safe and happy at home.

So why do adopted pets try to escape? 

They’re trying to get back to the home they remember. 

Before your pet was surrendered to the shelter, they likely lived with another family. If they didn’t have another human family (for example, if they were born at the shelter), then they had their caretakers, and possibly other animals. A puppy from a surrendered litter, for example, may have shared space in the shelter with its siblings.

Whatever the case, your new pet remembers their home. When you first introduce them to your family, they may mourn their old home and try to get back there. 

They’re anxious in their new surroundings. 

Anxiety in pets can prompt all sorts of unwanted behaviors, including escape from your home. Pets who experience anxiety are in a fight-or-flight mode and may bolt on pure instinct if they perceive a threat in their surroundings. 

Making the transition from a shelter to your home will feel strange to your pet. Sleeping in an unfamiliar place makes humans feel out-of-sorts, and the same thing happens to animals. Your new pet may react anxiously not only to being in a new home but also to being left alone there. 

They are good at escaping. 

Some pets are just natural Houdinis. If they can sniff out an escape route, they’ll take it. This characteristic isn’t exclusive to shelter pets, but a pet adopted from a shelter may be more prone to it if they’re trying to run to their original home. 

Aside from trying to return to a past home, many adopted pets run because they’re bored, afraid, or have the urge to mate. 

How to help an adopted pet adjust to your home

There are several ways to help an adopted pet adjust to their new life with you. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

  • Plan to spend extra time at home with your new pet during the first month. Give your adopted dog or cat time to get to know you. The first weeks after adopting a pet are important for bonding, so carve out additional time so your pet can get used to you.
  • Provide new toys, treats, and activities to keep your new pet occupied. Toys, games, and treats can help your new pet expend nervous energy. It may also help to distract them from scoping out escape routes. 
  • Help your adopted pet get plenty of exercise. If your new pet exercises daily, they should be less restless–and hopefully, less likely to escape. 
  • Keep your home environment as calm as possible. Eliminate as many potentially anxiety-inducing stimuli as possible. Try to keep the atmosphere quiet and low-key. If you have children, coach them to behave calmly and quietly around the new pet. 
  • Don’t leave your new pet home alone for extended periods of time. During the first few weeks after adopting your pet, you may want to avoid leaving them home for long hours.
  • Secure all possible escape routes. Do a perimeter check outside and check your home to ensure all gates are secure, doors are locked, and windows are latched. Avoid leaving your pet outdoors, even in a fenced backyard, when you’re away from home.

For extra peace-of-mind, equip your new pet with a Bluetooth Smart Tag from Huan. Our tags have a lifetime warranty and will alert you when your pet is detected away from home, or away from you. Click the button below to find out more! 

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9 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe at Home

9 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe at Home

There are many reasons why your pet might try to run away from home. Maybe they’re bored, scared, or looking for love. Some pets escape simply because the opportunity presents itself. Whatever the case, runaway pets are an all too common problem.

While there’s no way to guarantee your pet will never escape, there are many ways you can keep your pets safe at home while you’re away. Let’s take a look at a few.

1. Leave your dog indoors when you leave home.

If your home is secured, your pet is probably safer inside the house when you’re gone. Dogs and cats are prone to wander off when you’ve left them outdoors, so make sure your home is pet-proofed and locked up if you’re leaving for work or errands. If your pet is crate-trained, make sure they are safe and comfy in their crate before you go.

2. Secure outside gates and fences.

Broken gates and open fences are a major culprit in pet escapes. Make sure your fencing and all gates are securely closed (and locked if necessary). Repair any gaps in your fence and fill in any holes your dog may have dug at the fence line. 

3. Make sure interior doors and windows are closed and locked.

Even if you leave your pet in the house when you leave, they could still escape through an open door or window. Periodically check your windows and doors to make sure they’re secure so you won’t have to worry when you’re away. 

4. Ensure fences are high enough that a dog can’t jump over.

Some dogs just can’t help themselves–they can easily hurtle toward a short fence and jump right over! If your outdoor fence can’t contain your pet, don’t leave them outdoors unattended. You may also want to investigate replacing the fence. 

5. Spay or neuter your pet.

Mating urges are a significant factor in pet escapes. If your dog or cat hasn’t been fixed, then getting them spayed or neutered could help prevent them from bolting at the first chance they get.

6. Prevent boredom with exercise and attention.

If you’re concerned about your pet getting bored and escaping while you’re gone, be sure to give them plenty of attention and exercise. Play tug in the backyard, go for a run together, play fetch, and get plenty of quality time before you go.

7. Have a snug, calming garment for your pet to wear during storms and fireworks.

Many pets run away from home because they’re afraid. It’s common to hear of dogs going missing during Fourth of July and New Year’s celebrations due to loud fireworks. Many dogs are afraid of thunderstorms, too. A snug garment made specifically to comfort your dog can help prevent fear-based escape when there are loud noises in your immediate area. 

8. Walk your dog on a leash.

If you’re out and about in your neighborhood, make sure your dog’s on a leash and is wearing a properly-fitting collar or harness. A leash will help you keep your dog by your side and prevent them from bolting during your walk. 

9. Use a device that alerts you when your pet leaves home. 

A smart device attached to your pet’s collar can let you know if they are detected away from home. Huan Bluetooth Smart Tags emit a low-energy signal that automatically alerts your app if your pet escapes. With the help of our trusty app users and sensor network, we can help you get your pet back home safely. 

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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!