How Busy Owners Can Still Care For Their Dogs
Are you up for the challenge?
How Busy Dog Owners Can Still Care for Dogs
Currently, everyone seems to be so very busy with their day to day life these days. Owning a dog or any pet is a major responsibility. The problem is just how can one juggle a busy working life with the needs and wants of a highly energetic puppy. Is it possible? As a busy person, you can still be a good dog owner, but it will take some effort on your part. Just make sure you are up for the challenge!
Tips For Busy Owners To Care For Their Dogs
1. Schedule For Bonding With Your Pet
Dogs and humans are both social beings. Your dog needs your attention and love. And you probably need your dog’s love too. When it comes to balancing between bonding and busy schedules, think quality over quantity. It’s better to spend 10 minutes a day doing something fun with your dog, while giving your undivided attention to him, than to spend the day with your dog but ignore it majority of the time.
2. Find a Playmate for Your Dog
I’m not saying you should get a second dog. That could make you feel even busier. However, your dog might benefit from having a playmate if your dog likes other dogs. What you can do is look to your social circle: do you have friends or family members with dogs that like other dogs? Perhaps you can set up some play dates. If your friend is not as busy as you, perhaps you can let your dog stay for the day while you go to work!
3. Hire a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker
Many busy people find themselves away from home for 12 hours a day or more. This can make dogs feel lonely. It is also not very humane to make your dog wait more than 12 hours to use the bathroom. If you have a peetray, that’s great for his bladder, but it still won’t help with the loneliness. Consider finding a trustworthy pet sitter or dog walker who can come to your home midday and spend a little time with your dog.
4. Consider Doggie Daycare
Find a reputable dog daycare with staff that understands canine behaviour and ensures that dogs play safely. You can drop your dog off a few days a week on your way to the office. While you work, your dog can be playing all day, expecting all that energy, having tons of fun, and getting good and tired out. Pick up your dog on your way home from the office and the two of you can go home and crash.
5. Don’t Neglect Training
The idea of finding the time to train your dog is probably overwhelming. However, making time to train your dog is easier than you may think. Set a schedule to have 2-3 training sessions a week. The sessions should only be 10-15 minutes each – surely you can squeeze some time out! If you need help, you can find professional pet trainers can do some one-on-one sessions.
Updated: October 30, 2017.