We know that we are in scary times, but we also have faith that things will get better and hopefully, they will get better sooner rather than later. As we are all stuck at home, whether we are working or home with kids and partners, we are all starting to go a little insane. Thankfully, we gals have 4 legged furballs that are the best stress reliever of all time. We have pulled together a list of things that will keep both you and your pup sane in these crazy times.
Foster a dog! They will keep you company and you can SAVE a life!
Okay, I know this is a big suggestion, but why not make the most of your time being stuck at home and help save a pup! Temporary foster care is a great way to allow shelter pets the opportunity to spend some special time in a home. Animal shelters in cities across the U.S. ― including New York City; Phoenix; St. Louis; Memphis, Tennessee; Norfolk, Virginia; and Austin, Texas ― have put out pleas for people to consider fostering. Even if you are only able to home a pup for a couple of weeks (due to your temporary working from home status), this can do AMAZING things for a dog’s self-confidence and can ultimately result in them becoming more adoptable! Check out Best Friends Animal Society for a full list of rescues in need near you.
Learn a trick on Puppr app to impress all of your followers!
This app helps you teach your pups every skill they need and every trick you want them to know for Instagram! With step-by-step videos, it will be rewarding for you and your dog. Sara, mom of @thesupercollies, designed this app to help dog moms and dogs connect on a whole other level. Everything you need to know about this must-have app and the badass dog mom Sara that is the mastermind behind it is here! Stay busy at home with this app and don’t forget to tag us in any videos you post to IG!
Try new recipes from the Pretty Fluffy cookbook and show off your skills!
Literally every recipe in this dog cookbook looks good enough to eat as a human! If you’re thinking “but everything is sold out in stores!”, don’t worry, many of these recipes can be made with few ingredients already in your pantry! We gals feel that making homemade dog treats will help you bond in a whole new way! And break some rules… let your pup lick the spatula this time! Pretty Fluffy is one of our favorite peers and she just came out with a new cookbook fully for your DOG! Check out her site for more information!
Workout together and track your Fi steps!
Cabin fever? Get outside and get those steps in! There is no easier and more affordable way to break up the monotony of your day than to get up and get moving. Not to mention, your pup will be very thankful for the exercise! All of us gals use Fi Smart Collars, not only to make sure that our babies are always safe and we can see where they are at all times, but we are all very competitive and we love to make sure we are high in the Fi breed rankings! Learn more about the Fi Collars here!
If you like competition, take this a step further and invite your fellow dog moms to a Fi step challenge! Who can get the most steps in on their daily walk? …Winner buys the wine for the next girl’s night!
Interactive games to keep your pups brain engaged!
Keep your pup’s brain busy and play some new games during these hard times. We love a good scruffy mat, you can get one on Amazon here, Chewy also has a great selection of inveravite toys and games for your pup. You can also see our post on DIY Treat Puzzles, an H2O Bottle Stuffed Tee, and Tee-nnis Balls!
Start a dog blog and share your knowledge!
Do you have something to share? DIY’s, funny stories, training tricks… whatever it might be. THE TIME IS NOW! Get on that blog you have been dying to start! We use Squarespace as it is super user-friendly, but we also love WordPress. If you have any questions about starting a site, feel free to email us and we will send you as many tips and tricks as we can.
Content; build your Insta and get dem likes!
What better time than now to get all that content you have been planning! Some cute indoor shots, backyard photos and walk shots! This is also a great time to learn lightroom and photoshop! We gals love a good lightroom filter, here are some of our favorites who provide amazing presets, 123 Presets (has a SUPER great deal going on!), The Puppy Presets, Effortlyss Presets, and Light & Airy.
Go on a car ride and get some fresh air!
This is my go-to activity! Whether it is too hot, too cold, raining, or snowing, if I’m feeling sick or even just lazy, a windows-down car ride is a great way to get out of the house! Dogs are all about the smells, so roll those windows down and allow them to stick their heads out of the window and exercise their brains! Check out our post on safety while traveling with your pups! Side note – while you’re cruising, listen to our favorite dog podcasts:
Drinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training
Robert Cabral’s Canine Conversations
We Don’t Deserve Dogs
Spring cleaning for both you and your pups!
What better time than now when we are stuck at home to clean the heck out our house and give all your pups belongings a good deep cleaning! We recommend cleaning your dog’s toys, bowels, clothes and maybe just maybe give them a good cleaning in the bath! Maybe even do a deep cleaning of all your beauty products and go cruelty-free! Check out our Cruelty-Free section for some of our favorite must-haves!
Read a dog book and fill your soul!
We now have some extra time on our hands, so what better time to read a book (and even better, a book about dogs)! Here is a list of a few of our favorites… some of which are also amazing movies!
The Incredible Journey
Lily and the Octopus
One Good Dog
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
The Dog Who Saved Me: A Novel
Shop Small, help a fellow dog lover out!
With uncertainty in the air, our small businesses and freelancers are at high risk right now. If you are able we recommend supporting some of your favorite brands during this time! Below is a list of some of our go tos for everything dog mom!
Netflix and chill with your dogs!
With the news taking over our lives, let’s take an hour or so to turn off the news and watch something uplifting. Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and other streaming networks have a ton of dog-related movies, so grab a glass (ahem… or bottle) of wine and cuddle up with your pup for a good flick. Here are some of the selected favorites:
DOGS on Netflix
Life in the Doghouse
Six Puppies and Us
A Dog’s Purpose
A Dog’s Way Home
SIX PUPPIES & US
A Dog’s Journey
Isle of Dogs
Turner & Hooch
Marley & Me
The Secret Life of Pets 1 & 2
Lady and the Tramp
A Goofy Movie
Hotel For Dogs
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
The Art of Racing in the Rain