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How to Care for Your Dog While You Are At Work

Posted on October 12 2021

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For many of us, our dogs are family. We spend a lot of time with them making sure they get enough exercise, are adequately nourished, properly groomed, and loved. However, a full-time job means that we are away from home for most of the day.

 

Just as there are safe options for parents to have their children cared for while they are away, pet parents are always on the lookout for care options for their dogs. Below, we’ve listed a few different options you can choose from to have your canine companion cared for in your absence.

 

Ask your neighbor

If you have a neighbor you trust and who is willing to take in your dog while you are at work, this would be one of the better arrangements for you. Your dog will remain in recognizable territory if they are already familiar with your neighbor, and this option is cost effective if your neighbor is willing to do this for free. 

 

Have a family member or friend dog sit

If your neighbor is not available, a family member or friend who your dog knows would be another option, especially if they can come directly to your home and your dog doesn’t have to leave. 

 

Hire a dog walker

If you live far from family and friends, there are dog walking services available. This option gives your dog a chance to go out for some exercise. It’s also a great way for your dog to socialize, as dog walkers usually have multiple dogs with them. 

 

There are a few things you need to be aware of when using dog walkers. If you give your dog walker a set of your house keys, check if this has an effect on your home insurance policy coverage. Unlike boarding and daycare facilities, not all dog walkers are registered or regulated. If you decide to use this option, check out professional dog walker services.

 

Use a dog daycare service

A great dog daycare service can free you from all concerns of leaving your dog at home alone. They may charge higher rates than a dog walker, but they provide much more in terms of service. Not only does your dog get their exercise and socialization with other dogs, but good daycare services even provide a small amount of basic training for your dog.

 

Make long-term arrangements with a boarding kennel 

Sometimes the nature of your work may keep you at the office beyond standard nine to five hours. You may have to take extended trips for work as well. In such cases, it is best to make arrangements with a boarding kennel. The kennel will have some prerequisites before they can take your dog in, such as updated vaccinations, but they can care for your dog and give you peace of mind while you are away. 

 

Bring your dog to work

Finally, if your company allows it, you can always bring your dog to work. Not only will your dog see you all day, but you can get help from your work colleagues in caring for them. Some of them may even take your dog for a run.

 

Our furry pets are special to us, so it is important to take great care in deciding who can watch over them when we are not around. You know your dog the best, so depending on his or her personality and needs, choose the option that works best for your lifestyle.