Published on April 17th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Petco’s Darris Cooper On Keeping Your Pets Safe During COVID-19 & Making A Pet-Friendly Workspace

Many of us are still adjusting to “the new normal” that COVID-19 has produced, but we can’t let our family members from the animal kingdom be an afterthought. We are not only sheltering in place but also we are also limiting our time outdoors, social distancing ourselves from others and working from home. All of these things combined present a major life change for our pets, too.

Just as humans are going stir-crazy and seeking ways to stay engaged and entertained while stuck at home, the same is true for our pets. So it is more important than ever to find new tricks to help keep them both physically and mentally-stimulated. Pets’ safety should also take priority, and there are dangers lurking in our home office setups that can be harmful to their health.

Darris Cooper, National Dog Training Operations Manager at Petco, spoke with me by phone on April 17, 2020 about how to properly adjust into a home-centric existence while still keeping your pets’ best interests in mind. More on all of this can be found online at

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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