COVID-19 pandemic revitalizes Americans’ focus on pets, quality time at home and outdoor getaways

While many companies and small businesses are suffering during the coronavirus pandemic, others are better suited to survival and even getting a boost from the hit. According to CNBC and data compiled by ad-tech company Taboola, home improvement and pet products, among others, have all seen a surge in interest while most of the economy falters. With a reported 50 percent increase in consumer interest in pet products, we expect to see a growing emergence of new pet-related businesses—from the basics of food, toys and grooming, to TV channels and shows geared toward pets and dogs.

Due to COVID-related stay-at-home orders issued across the nation, consumer mindset has changed. People are most focused on what’s in front of them—their family, home and pets. More Americans are spending time gardening, working on home improvement and taking on DIY projects. In the rental market, the demand for single family rentals has increased, and multi-family apartment buildings must consider new ways to stand out and improve amenities to retain residents long-term.

There has been an unprecedented surge in pet adoption with shelters and rescue organizations reporting increases in adoption and fostering. In late March, New Yorkers had already adopted 10 times more pets than usual. Similarly, Los Angeles has seen a 70 percent increase in adoptions from shelters. Now that they’re spending more time at home, pet owners are able to provide even better care for their pets, and the companionship pets provide plays an integral role in their owners’ lives, perhaps now more than ever. A recent study from Banfield Pet Hospital® reveals 84 percent of pet owners feel more attuned to their pet’s health, with 67 percent planning to make changes to how they care for their dog or cat. As pets play a more central role in our lives, companies should consider ways to support this pet-friendly demographic.

Summer vacation plans look different this year with a growing number of people avoiding hotels and airline travel. People are spending more time with their pets at parks, campgrounds and hiking local trails. Families are looking for accessible and affordable outdoor getaways. RV and camper rentals have increased with astounding numbers as a way to travel, social distance and enjoy the great outdoors. An article in Car and Driver reports, “rental company RVShare, was claiming a 650 percent increase in rental traffic since early April.” And it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

The market is ripe to attract pet-friendly guests. Companies should consider ways to make their businesses more pet-friendly and attract dog owners. The Evolution Self-Serve Dog Wash is a great amenity for not only “pet focused” businesses such as groomers, veterinary clinics, pet stores, dog-parks and dog-beaches, but also multi-family apartment buildings, car washes, RV parks and campgrounds. Offering pet-friendly amenities is a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition.

“Dog owners love their dogs and will go out of their way to seek out dog-friendly locations to ensure the best experience for them and their dogs,” says Matt Ogden, owner of Evolution Dog Wash. “We’ve seen an increase in calls lately with people looking to incorporate an Evolution Dog Wash into an existing RV Park or as they build out a new location.” Catering to dog-lovers makes them more loyal customers and gives them a reason to visit again and again.

The Evolution Dog Wash is not only a great way to attract people with pets but it’s a great way to generate more revenue for your business. The investment not only pays for itself, it continues generating profit for years to come. Whether you’re building a new destination or improving an existing location consider adding a pet-friendly amenity with perks for you and your guests.

8 Outdoor Activities to Do with Your Dog

Dogs, like humans, need outdoor activity to thrive. Spending time outside with your dog each day is essential for your pup’s health and happiness, and there are some definite perks in it for you, too!

Here are just a few of the benefits dogs and humans get out of spending daily time outside:

  • Exercise and weight control
  • Exposure to clean, fresh air
  • Reduction in boredom, anxiety and depression
  • Boost in vitamin D to bolster immune system

It’s time to get up off the couch and head outside with your dog! If the walk around the neighborhood leaves you both yawning, check out some of these other outdoor adventures you and your dog can enjoy together.

Hit up the dog park. Many residents in both urban and suburban areas enjoy access to local dog parks. Not only is this a chance to get your pup some much needed off-the-leash exercise, but dog parks are also excellent for socialization — and even dogs need a social life!

Head to the beach. If you live in or near a beach town, take advantage of the fact that most beaches are dog-friendly. Let your dog off the leash (if local rules allow) to splash in the water and roll around in the sand or play a game of Frisbee.

Go for a hike. Explore local trails and nature preserves with your four-legged friend or take a day trip to the nearest state park. A change of scenery will do you both some good. Note: Be sure to check park rules and regulations first to be sure your dog is allowed in the park.

Go camping. Spend a few nights away from home on an overnight camping trip with your dog. And if tent camping isn’t your thing, consider renting an RV and checking out one of the many dog-friendly RV parks in the country.

Get wet. Go ahead and invest in a kiddie swimming pool and sprinkler toys, even if you don’t have kids. Your dog will love cooling off on a hot summer day with a few water toys in the yard.

Hop on your bike. Help your pup burn off all that extra energy by walking alongside you for a long bike ride. Be sure your leash is long enough and that you’ve spent some time training your dog to safely walk beside a bicycle.

Enjoy a meal together. Find a local restaurant with a dog-friendly patio and enjoy a meal with your dog by your side. Taking your dog to a restaurant provides an opportunity to expose your dog to new faces, which is an important part of socialization.

Go for a jog. While most dogs love to run at least short distances, some dogs were bred for running and make excellent running partners. Huskies, Greyhounds, Golden Retrievers, Jack Russell Terriers, German Shepherds, Labradors and Vizslas are just a few of the dog breeds that make for great runners. Lace up your sneakers and take your dog out for a jog.

Every dog, no matter his age or breed, needs outdoor activity and exercise to thrive. So get out there and soak up some summer sun with your canine companion!

Many pet-friendly RV parks, campgrounds, dog beaches and dog parks also feature amenities for your furry friends such as designated areas for your dog to run free, treat stations and self-serve dog washes so they can clean up after a busy day of activity. Seek out locations that offer the Evolution Dog Wash for a perfect end to an active day with your dog.

Dog Socialization for Happy, Healthy Dogs

You have a social life, your dog should have one, too!

Socializing your dog from an early age can help your pet be more confident and less fearful in unfamiliar situations. Socialization begins with the breeder through specialized programs, such as Puppy Culture, and continues with the owner. By introducing your puppy to new situations, different people, places and things in a safe and positive manner, your puppy will grow into a friendly, healthy, happy and well-adjusted dog.

How to socialize your puppy

When your puppy first comes home, follow these basic suggestions from the American Kennel Club to help socialize your puppy:

  • Introduce your puppy to new sights, sounds and smells.
  • Make it positive, with the appropriate amount of treats and praise.
  • Involve the whole family, including the kids.
  • Avoid doing too much too fast by introducing your puppy to a few family members and introducing new strangers slowly.
  • Take your puppy into the public, such as the pet store or on a puppy play date.
  • Enroll in puppy classes to teach basic obedience.

Get more info on how to socialize your dog during social distancing here.

How apartment managers and property owners can provide a dog-friendly environment

Dog ownership is growing among single people as well as apartment renters. By providing opportunities for tenants to socialize their dogs, property managers can provide a pet-friendly environment that is attractive to renters with dogs.

Here are a few ways property managers can play a role in promoting a pet-friendly atmosphere with social opportunities for pets and their owners.

Provide a dog washing station on property. With the increased development of pet-friendly buildings, a self-serve dog wash is one of the most sought-after amenities. After working with hundreds of apartment properties that have purchased the Evolution Dog Wash to attract and retain tenants, we’ve learned some of their most popular social activities revolve around pets.

Promote pet-friendly social events to benefit both pets and their owners. Just like people, dogs who spend time interacting, exercising and socializing with other dogs lead healthy and happy lives. It’s a great way for dogs to meet other dogs, and dog owners to meet other dog owners. Here are a few ideas to get you started

  • Host “Yappy Hours”, a happy hour playdate for dogs and their humans.
  • Hold a “Walk and Wash,” a walk or doggie playdate where tenants and dogs can get some exercise while socializing and finish with a dog wash in the Evolution Dog Wash.
  • Plan a costume party, and not just for Halloween. Many pet lovers enjoy dressing their dogs to celebrate different themes and holidays throughout the year.

Dog socialization is an important part of a happy, healthy life for any dog, young or old. Differentiate your property from others in your area by creating a unique, pet-friendly environment for pet lovers.

7 Tips to Make Moving Easier for Your Dog

Moving to a new home is an exciting process, but it is also often filled with stress and even anxiety — for humans and animals alike. Moving with a pet can be tricky as you help your animal navigate the transition.

Dogs are creatures of habit and thrive in a secure environment, so any disruption to their routine can cause your canine friend stress. When your dog is stressed, he might display behavior changes or problems, including:

  • Pacing or shaking
  • Whining or barking
  • Chewing
  • Changes in bodily functions
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hiding or escape behavior

(Learn more about common signs of stress in a dog here.) 

If you’re planning to make a move —  whether across town or across the country — here are some tips to make the process as easy as possible for your four-legged family members.

Familiarize your pet with moving supplies. Before the packing begins, set out a moving box or two, packing paper, packing tape and any other packing supplies for your dog to sniff out and examine. When it’s time to start packing, your dog won’t be alarmed by these new and unfamiliar items in your home.

Limit changes to your dog’s routine as much as possible. Avoid changing mealtimes or routine exercise and potty times for your dog. Though they may seem simple, small changes in your dog’s schedule can have a negative impact on your pet. Coupled with the chaos of a change in location and your pet may exhibit signs of stress or anxiety.

Be sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. Physical activity is a great stress reliever for humans and for dogs! Set aside extra time for your pup to burn off any extra energy. Take a break from packing to play fetch, go for an extra-long walk around the new neighborhood, or spend some extra time at the dog park. If you don’t have time, ask a loved one or a trusted dog walker to help.

Keep your dog in a comfortable, safe environment on moving day. You don’t want your dog getting underfoot when you’re trying to move boxes or furniture on moving day. And if your pet becomes anxious, he might try to escape out an open door. Keep your dog safe in his crate in a quiet area of the house, or at a boarding facility that is known and familiar to your dog. If this isn’t an option, consider asking a family member or friend to look after your pup during the move.

Keep your pet’s favorite belongings nearby. Your dog’s bed, blanket, bones, toys and crates and usual food and water bowls are all comfort items that can help him feel more at home in a new place. Designate a specific location for these items and be sure to mark moving boxes well so that your pet’s favorite things don’t get lost in the move.

Use anti-anxiety solutions with your dog. A stress-reducing Thundershirt, calming collar or even CBD treats may be helpful in calming your dog’s anxiety during a stressful situation such as a move. Your vet may also be able to provide a prescription calming medication to help your dog stay calm during the move.

Be patient. Keep in mind that moving can be a chaotic time for your dog who may have a difficult time understanding what’s happening. Be prepared for common issues like barking, neediness or other bad behaviors to arise during the transition and be patient as your pup settles into the new home. In time, your dog will become comfortable in the new space, but it may take a few weeks for your pet to acclimate. If you have concerns about your pet’s anxiety or feel that the move has been exceedingly hard for your pet, don’t hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian.

It may be difficult to entirely alleviate your pet’s stress associated with a move, but by being aware of the potential stress-related behaviors, and taking the necessary steps to help your dog as much as possible, you can make it easier for your dog to adapt to the new environment.

If you are moving to a new apartment complex, look for one that offers pet friendly services to let dogs socialize and play, and amenities such as self-serve dog washes. Approximately 80% of top 25 multi-family management companies own at least one Evolution Dog Wash. Properties that offer an Evolution Dog Wash prioritize pet ownership and promoting a healthy happy lifestyle for your four-legged friend.

Celebrate National Pet Month

May is National Pet Month in America, a time to celebrate all the benefits pets bring to our lives and recognize those who support the health and well-being of pets.

Pets positively impact peoples’ lives in many ways. Studies have shown pets can improve your health and happiness. They offer unconditional love, comfort and stress relief. Pets can make you feel happier and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, a key reason for therapy dogs and other emotional support animals. And not only are there emotional and psychological benefits of owning pet, but also physical benefits. Owning a pet, especially a dog, increases your fitness level with regular walks and trips outside. Regular exercise is good for your heart, muscles and bones. It can help you lose weight, reduce your risk of chronic disease, and increase your energy levels. Owning a pet can boost your overall well-being.

In addition to celebrating pets and the benefits they give us, another initiative of National Pet Month is to increase public awareness of the services available from professionals who work with animals and support their well-being. That’s where Evolution Dog Wash comes in. Evolution Dog Wash manufactures high-quality, self-serve dog wash machines, built to wash hundreds of dogs each month with minimal maintenance. Evolution Dog Wash stations are perfect for car washes, apartment complexes, veterinary clinics, pet stores, travel centers and more. A clean, healthy pet is a happy, healthy pet.

To celebrate National Pet Month, Evolution Dog Wash is offering customers $1,000 off any machine May 1-31, 2020. “We know many people were financially impacted by the effects of COVID-19. In an effort to provide savings to our customers during this difficult time, and to celebrate dogs during National Pet Month, we wanted to extend this special limited time offer,” said Evolution Dog Wash owner, Matt Ogden. He continued, “We normally reserve this discount for the International Carwash Association Car Wash Show. Although the show was cancelled this year, we are happy to honor this discount, and extend it to anyone who mentions coupon code “ICA2020″ for the month of May.”

Evolution Dog Wash is more than a dog wash, it’s a company that cares about dogs and their welfare. Evolution Dog Wash is proud to support local Colorado animal shelter charities. If you are interested in adopting a pet or donating to the cause, please visit your local animal shelter or support the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF).

Evolution Dog Wash. Built for dogs and the people who love them.

To learn more, visit http://evolutiondogwash.com/ or contact us at 888-303-0553. To take advantage of this limited time $1,000 OFF promotion, fill out this form and enter coupon code “ICA2020”.

CORONAVIRUS AND DOGS

If you are the owner of a four-legged friend, you’ve probably wondered what affect COVID-19 can have on your pet.

Should you be concerned about Fido’s health? Is it safe to take your furry friend on walks? Can pets pass the COVID-19 virus to humans?  If you get sick, can your animal get infected? How can you keep your pet healthy?

We have been told for weeks that COVID-19 cannot effect our pets, but is this accurate?

This week, a Pug named Winston in Chapel Hill, North Carolina tested positive for the virus. Winston is the first known case of a dog with COVID-19 in the United States, but he is not the first domestic animal in the world to contract the virus.

There have been at least two reported cases of dogs in Hong Kong testing positive for the virus. Both of these dogs were the pets of Covid-19 positive owners, and neither showed any signs of illness from the virus. The COVID-19 virus has also been found in cats as well as a female Malayan tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo. (Read more here.)

In Winston’s case, two family members who live in the home with the dog are front line health care workers who had also tested positive for COVID-19. Winston experienced mild symptoms and is recovering well.

Each of these cases indicates that animals may contract the virus from humans, but at this time, there is no evidence that suggests animals are a significant threat to the spread of the COVID-19 virus in people, according to the CDC. And while we know dogs and cats can contract certain types of coronaviruses, there is currently no evidence that the novel COVID-19 virus poses a serious medical threat to animals.

How can I protect my dog’s health?

We know you care about the health of your beloved pet. Here are some general guidelines recommended by the CDC for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19:

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should avoid contact with both pets and people.
  • If you are sick with coronavirus, you should avoid petting, snuggling, sharing bedding with or being kissed or licked by your pets.
  • Always wash your hands before and after interacting with your pets.
  • If you are sick, wear a cloth face covering if you are around your pets.
  • Routinely disinfect any surfaces with which your dog may come in contact, including food bowls and cages.

Is it safe to walk my dog?

Exercise is essential for the health of humans and animals alike. Taking your dog for regular walks can be beneficial for your physical and mental well-being during these unprecedented times. When you take your dog for a walk, be sure to follow these guidelines:

  • Walk your dog on a leash.
  • Maintain at least six feet between other people and animals.
  • Do not gather in groups with other dogs or people and avoid crowded areas.
  • Do not go to dog parks or other places where people and dogs may gather.
  • Do not let others pet your dog while you are out for a walk.

What should I do if my dog gets sick?

If your pet shows any signs of respiratory illness, call your veterinarian right away. Keep your dog isolated from other pets as a precaution.

Keep up-to-date on the latest information regarding COVID-19 and your dog here.

We know the health and safety of your pet is a priority. Evolution Dog Wash machines are built with the health and safety of dogs in mind, with built-in sanitation and comfort measures in place. Every machine comes with a disinfectant option so you can easily spray down the unit before and after you wash your dog to ensure optimal cleanliness. We offer a contoured non-skid wash platform to avoid your dog standing in dirty water. And to make dogs feel safe, less anxious and comfortable we have the water set to the perfect, dog tested and approved, temperature.

During this time that groomers are closed and people are looking for affordable solutions to care for their pets, Evolution Dog Wash can help you keep your furry friend clean, healthy and happy.