Since February of last year, we have gone through some crazy changes due to Covid-19. Our way of living has wholly shifted, and as a society, we are re-evaluating our priorities.
Flexibility has been the norm in most industries. It has resulted in a more positive work-life balance for most people, but the real winners are the pets. Pets have never enjoyed more time with their companions. I remember my mom telling me that Benito (her small french bulldog) was having the best time of his life having people in the house all the time and that she was concerned about what would happen when she needed to go back to the office for a couple of days a week. I know my mom is not alone. I spoke with several individuals who feel the same way and are stressing over this. I also have a dog at home, but he has assured me that he needs his time alone, relaxing and recharging batteries.
Although some employers will allow their employees to work remotely full-time, most opt for the hybrid model, requiring you to find someone to take care of your lovely pets while you are at work. That is why I decided to write this blog and dive deep into the digital pet world. For my readers who are planning to go back to work or need someone to help with their pet’s needs, I have come up with two essential suggestions that I found super helpful.
First, hire an on-demand dog walker that you can trust. The two leading platforms that offer this type of service are Robert and Wag.
- Robert is the number one dog sitter and walker app on the apple store with a 218K ratings and 4.9 starts. They offer all kinds of services: pet boarding, house sitting, daycare, drop visits, and dog walking, all under the same application.
- Wag is also a great one. It has 4.8 stars and has 43K reviews. I like to call it the Uber of dogs. I have used this app many times, and I love their reports and how you can track your dog. The interface is amicable, and it makes the process easy.
When I was younger, if you were on the market for a dog walker/babysitter, you needed to ask multiple people for recommendations or beg the neighbors to help you out. Every time was an adventure and a struggle. Nowadays, you can find a dog walker/babysitter anywhere and anytime without worrying about your baby’s safety because Robert and Wag conduct background checks in all of their dog walkers.
My second piece of advice is for your to get a pet camera for your home. Pet cameras are excellent tools to help you keep track of your pet when you are away. These are super helpful, and you can find them at a wide range of prices. I am a big fan of the Furbo Pet Camera ($250) because it offers a tremendous amount of features. Furbo lets you see, talk, and interact with your dog. You can give them treats remotely, and you can get notified when they’re barking. It knows the difference between howling, crying, or constant barking. It even tells you when someone is in your house. It helps you train your dog by releasing a treat to reinforce good behavior.
If Furbo is out of your price range, don’t worry. There are plenty of other cameras available in the market that will be a great addition at a more affordable price. For example, the Wyze Cam v2 ($35.98) has a great video and offers unrestricted cloud storage.
The days of worrying about not having the resources to take care of your pet are part of the past. This peace of mind is all possible thanks to the digitalization of the pet industry, which has a global market estimated at US$179.4 Billion in the year 2020. Technology has disrupted and democratized many sectors. Pet owners have taken advantage of this democratization by having access to services that were only available to wealthy individuals. We live in a crazy world. I never thought that at age 29, with the press of a button, I would have the option to have a dog walker take my dog for walks on-demand 24/7, do a quick checkup with the vet, or buy pet food online.
The future is bright for these puppies. I see a generation of spoiled puppies living their best life.
Announcement: On December 1st, I will be presenting on the digitalization of the Pet Industry!