How to Care for a Dog with a Full-Time Job

 5 Ways To Care For Your Dog & Have a Full-Time Job.

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If you’ve recently brought home a new puppy or adopted an older dog, you may be finding out just how much time it takes to care for your new pet. If you’re getting stressed and wondering how you’re going to take care of a pup while working full-time, don’t worry.

Here are five ways to make caring for your dog while working full-time a little less stressful.

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 Get Help During Work Hours

Puppies are a lot of work. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family members, and neighbours to help you out during the week, at least for the first few months of having the puppy. Try to make the process as convenient for them as possible:

Consider bringing your puppy, its crate, any food, and special toys over to your friend’s house before work. If you’re having someone come take care of the puppy at your house, be sure to lend them a spare key, have snacks for them, and make your home as comfortable as possible.

Incentivize one of your neighbours or friends to help take care of your dog by offering payment or a free meal.

Hire a dog walker and have them come to take your dog out for 20–30 minutes. Rates will typically depend on the age of your dog, the size of your dog, and where you live in relation to the dog walker.

Drop off your pup at a doggy daycare. These places will usually give you the option of pet care for half a day or a full workday, depending on your preference. If you’re particularly worried about leaving your dog alone all day, you should consider dropping them off at doggy daycare for the entire day.

 

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Talk To Your Boss

Some companies will allow dogs in the workplace. Talk to your HR manager or supervisor and see if there are any policies that allow you to bring your dog into work with you. Not only will this relieve your stress about leaving your dog at home, but it will also provide a source of comfort and joy while you’re at work (and your co-workers are sure to love the pup, too!).

 Additionally, see if you can take extended lunch breaks or try to work from home at least one to two times a week while your puppy is still young. It’s not recommended that your puppy be alone for more than its age in months plus an additional month. For example, if your puppy is three months old, it can probably only go four hours before it needs to be let out for a potty break.

 

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Spend Quality Time With Your Puppy

Some puppies and older dogs can suffer from separation anxiety when brought into a new home. To lessen the effects of separation anxiety, get into a routine of spending a lot of time with your dog and training it to be OK with you leaving for certain periods throughout the day. Try to get up at least a half an hour earlier than you usually do and spend some time with your pup.

Whether you go on a 30-minute walk around the neighbourhood, play tug of war with a chew toy, or go to the local dog park, spending this time with your dog before you go to work can keep them tired while you’re away.

 

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Give Them Their Own Space

According to House Method, you should make sure your puppy is safe and comfortable while you’re at work. You don’t want them to be uncomfortable or have them get into things they’re not supposed to. If you’re crate training your dog, keep a comfortable bed in there with a few toys.

Try to avoid leaving water in the crate when they’re really young—too much water over the course of the day might lead to accidents. You can give them water when you come home during lunchtime to take them out. It’s also a good recommendation to leave something in their crate that smells like you. This will help with some of their separation anxiety.

In addition to making the space comfortable, you want to be sure it’s safe as well. If you’re not crate training your dog, try to keep them confined to one area of your house and make sure to puppy proof it. Remove any hazardous materials that your pup can get into, like lotions, chemicals, and sharp objects, and be sure there aren’t any fall hazards or cords that the pup can chew on.

 

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About the author

Kay Carter is a writer who covers a variety of topics including health and wellness and home improvement.

When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, travelling, and practising photography.

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Hi there! My name is Kay Carter and I'm a recent graduate from UNC. I'm currently a freelance writer and love writing about all things real estate, health and wellness, and home improvement. So far, I've enjoyed reviewing household products, writing about making our homes healthier and more functional, and blogging about personal experiences.

When I'm not writing, you can find me reading (my goal this year is to read two books a month), practising photography, or travelling (I'm a BIG weekend traveller). I also love to journal and go to the gym whenever I can. In the meantime, please check back as I continue adding published writing pieces to my portfolio. If you're looking for a freelance writer, please feel free to reach out!

 

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