If With our current stay at home orders I know that many of you have embraced virtual face-to-face gatherings with open arms, and others may be unsure how to get started. I definitely have jumped in to keep in touch and reach out to friends, family and my clients in these uncertain and isolated times. If you are curious or unsure of how to get started here is what you need know.
You will need a device with a camera and microphone. You can use your phone, tablet and/or your desktop. The next step is to set up or install whatever application you will use to communicate. There are many video applications you can choose a few of which are Google Hangouts, Messenger and ZOOM. I use ZOOM for family get togethers, webinars, and for dog training and behavior consultations for my clients.
Once you have things set up you can attend or schedule meetings. For example, when I set up a consult or meeting I send out an invitation to whoever I want to connect with, then at the appointed time they click a link which can be sent electronically in a variety of ways (I primarily use text or email). Once the link is clicked ZOOM will open and the host will begin the meeting or other gathering. For more on How to join a meeting using ZOOM and How to download ZOOM. I hope you give it a try if you are holding back, and if you are already using online face-to-face technology that you reach out to others and get them connected too. Check this out for more details on ZOOM
I am very excited about how effective this interactive technology is for working with cats, dogs and their people. It is perfect for my work as we can set up cameras to assess behavior, provide real time feedback, and teach technical training skills right in our homes.
I hope these tips can get you started connecting with loved ones, friends and services you need while you are sheltering in place! If you are interested in my upcoming webinars on handling your dog and better vet visits sign up now.
Debbie Lewis, MS
I educate and support people as they deepen their understanding of their pet's behavior to create happy, healthy pet-people relationships.