Many aspiring pet parents share the common worry that they don’t have enough time to welcome a new dog to their family. Getting a dog affects every aspect of your life, and it’s no joke that the commitment can be intimidating in the beginning. In exchange for all the love, time and attention, you will definitely gain a lifelong best friend.
Here are a few tips on how to fit a new dog into your busy life:
Make Advance Preparations
One definite way to make sure you’ll have time in your schedule for a dog is to prepare for them as much as possible. The more preparations you do, the more quality time you’ll have to spend with your pet later.
Before anything else, decide on a safe and secure corner of your home as a special area for your dog. This is where you should fill it with comfortable items such as blankets and old shirts as well as durable toys to keep him or her busy while you’re away from home.
Basic supplies are also needed for dog care, such as a leash, collar, dog waste bags, quality dog food, and bowls for food and water.
Preparing a safe space for your dog will keep them safe and comfy at your home. When you have supplies in advance, you then save time that you can spend on your new canine companion once he or she arrives!
Maximize Available Time
Ideally, pet-friendly offices and flexible work schedules would allow everyone to be with our pets for the majority of the day. But even if you’re a working dog owner, you can still make the most of your available time.
- Too busy for long walks? Short and focused “training walks” for 5 to 15 minutes each day can make a difference!
- If you can make time for it before work, go for a quick jog.
- At the end of a long day, going for a run can seem impossible. Some quality time snuggled up with your dog will make the both of you feel more relaxed and safe.
Accept You’ll Need Help Sometimes
Don’t expect to do everything by yourself. Every working pet parent knows the struggle of changing schedules and long days at the office. If you want to prioritize your pet’s safety and happiness, finding a trusted and reliable pet sitter to help with dog care is a must.
Hiring a professional to look in on your new dog can be very reassuring. Pet Peeps’ network of experienced dog walkers and pet sitters are just a few clicks away. Whether it’s a daily dog walk or a dedicated pet sit, we’ll be happy to care for your pets! Schedule a Pet Peeps service here.