Social distancing is upon us, and although we may feel far apart from our friends, family, and coworkers, we find ourselves closer than ever to the pets we love. So with that silver lining in mind, here are a few ways to make the most of your time at home with your dog or cat.
Throw a Birthday Pawty
Let's be honest, we could all use a pick-me-up right now, and nothing boosts morale quite like a dog in a birthday hat (trust us, it’s science). So when your furry friend turns another year cuter, visit PolkadogDelivery.com for everything from cakes to cookies to decorations. And if you're looking for the perfect present, a Polkadog Gift Card is a great choice!
Bake a Batch of Delicious Dog Treats
Quarantine is a great opportunity to hone your baking skills. (Fake it till you bake it, right?) Our recipe for Quarantine Peanut Butter Oatmeal Crunch Dog Treats is straightforward and uses ingredients you might already have in your pantry. And if you're looking for a wheat-free option, we recently shared our recipe for Gingerbread Dog Biscuits with Food Network Magazine. Whatever you end up baking, your pup will gladly kiss the cook afterwards.
Work on a New Skill or Command
Whether you’re housebreaking a new puppy or teaching an old dog new tricks, quarantine is an ideal time to work on training. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Ruff Translating, a Boston-based training school, to create a series of tips to help you get the most out of your sessions. Our first lesson explains how you can use Wonder Nuggets to reward your dog for good behavior — because nothing says Good Boy or Good Girl like a delicious all-natural Polkadog treat!
Play Hide & Seek
The Celtics, Bruins, and Red Sox might not be on TV right now, but there are still ways to enjoy sports in the house. Challenge your dog to a playful game of Hide and Seek for some much-needed exercise. You can use this time to work on essential commands like "sit," "stay," and "come." When all is said and done, you'll both be ready for a well-deserved nap.
Foster or Adopt a Quarantine Companion
There's arguably never been a better time to add a furry friend to your family. Animal companionship can greatly benefit your mood and emotional wellbeing while self isolating. Plus, shelters are short-staffed and need all the relief they can get during this crisis. Once you bring your new pal home, you can get all of your training essentials delivered with Polkadog Delivery.
Stock Up on Essentials
While at home, a happy pet means a happy you. That’s why we continue to provide essential dog and cat food, treats, and supplies via Polkadog Delivery, and we recently introduced complimentary curbside pickup at our 7 Boston-area stores. Stock up on your pet's favorites today to keep their tail wagging throughout quarantine — simply select your preferred pickup method at checkout and we'll take care of the rest.
Dance Your Tails Off
It doesn’t matter if you have two legs or four… sometimes you just need to bust a move! And as we spend more and more time on the couch these days, it’s important to remember to get up and be active. So turn off the TV, turn up the tunes, and transform your living room into a doggy dance floor. Spotify will even customize a playlist for you and your furry friend using their pup-rietary technology.
Say Hi to Furrends with Video Chat
Social distancing for you also means social distancing for your pup. With less trips to the park, your dog is likely missing out on valuable playtime and socialization with furry friends. Luckily, video chatting services like Skype and Zoom make it easy to keep in touch. So call up your fellow pet parents and schedule a virtual Yappy Hour — we promise it will be more fun than your work conference calls!
Cozy Up and Watch a Movie
Theaters might be closed, but a movie night at home can be just as fun. From AirBud to Marley & Me, there are plenty of dog-friendly films the whole family can enjoy. And don’t forget about concessions! While you reach for the popcorn and candy, make sure you treat your pup to something special too. Our Wonder Nuggets are the perfect for snacking… and they won’t crunch too much during the movie.
Paint with Your Pup
Sure, you have some beautiful prints on your walls — but you’re missing the most important print of all! During quarantine, channel your inner artist and throw a painting party for you and your pup. You only need a paw and some non-toxic paint to create a one-of-kind masterpiece that will live forever in your home. Who knows… you might discover the next pup-casso.
Create a Cardboard Fort for Your Cat
We’ve all been getting more deliveries these days, but think twice before you throw out those cardboard boxes. Cats love cozy, confined spaces, and boxes are an easy way to keep them entertained for hours. Simply open the box, lay it on the ground, and let their curiosity do the rest. If you’re feeling adventurous, try creating a network of boxes and tunnels and add to it over time!
Celebrate Yappy Hour With a Boozy Chew
Pour yourself a pint and toss your dog a plush toy — it’s Yappy Hour! Our Polkadog Delivery bar is stocked with a full menu of boozy chew toys to help you and your pup unwind after a long week. Get the pawty started with adorable toys like Barker’s Mark, Toto’s Vodka, Cataroma Beer, and more. Remember… chews responsibly!
Pamper Your Pup with a Spa Day
Bath time doesn’t have to be a bore. With a few simple steps, you can elevate your wash routine and give your pup the ultimate spa treatment. And while you’ll be able to capture priceless Instagram content, spa day is more than just a cute photo opportunity. The relaxing ambiance will put anxious dogs at ease and help maintain cleanliness during quarantine, since you won’t be able to visit your local groomer.
Embark on a Scented Scavenger Hunt
Dogs are extremely food-motivated and have an acute sense of smell — the perfect skill set for scavenger hunting. To start, map out a tasty adventure by hiding little bits of treats throughout your home. Our Cods Skins have an irresistible scent and are perfect for activities like this. Challenge your pup to find every piece until they ultimately discover a ‘grand prize’ like a toy or a chew. Happy hunting!
Make a DIY Game For Your Dog
Games and puzzles are great ways for humans to pass the time at home, but what about our pets? This hilarious DIY version of Whack-a-Mole keeps dogs entertained with nothing more than a cardboard box and a hot dog. Trust us, it will provide lots of laughs and tail wags for everyone involved. We suggest substituting the hot dog for one of our Dehydrated Jerky Treats to make the game a bit more nutritious.
Engage in Friendly Chomp-etition
As Bostonians, we were really missing sports during quarantine. Then we saw this video of two labradors duking it out over a chew toy and everything felt better. The strategy, intensity, and athleticism on display here would give any primetime sporting event a run for its money. So next time you’re bored at home, just fix your eyes on the nearest doggos — you could witness the next great Olympic event unfold before your eyes.
Serenade Your Dog
Sometimes music is the best medicine. Just ask Malinda Herman, a 70-year-old musician from Bangkok, Thailand who has gained Internet fame for serenading her sleepy Chihuahua. Her adorable videos have racked up hundreds of thousands of views and are inspiring pet parents to create songs of their own. So if you’re looking for something to do with your pet, just start singing. Or lip-synch, we won’t judge.
Show Your Polkadog Pride on Zoom
If you can’t make it to your local Polkadog Bakery in person, we have your back (or tail)! Download one of our custom Zoom backgrounds to turn any room into a dog lover’s paradise. Conduct your next meeting from outside our Chestnut Hill store or sniff around inside our Seaport location. Click the button below to view them all and download your favorites.
Check back soon for more Polkadog at Home tips!