How Do People Balance Full-Time Work with a Puppy?

by Shellie Alyssa
    Pet parents who work full time can provide a balanced daily life for their puppy.

    Pet parents who work full time can provide a balanced daily life for their puppy.

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    There are plenty of alternative options for pet parents to find a work-puppy balance in their life. Spending lunch break with your pup, hiring a dog walker and puppy day care are all positive, healthy and beneficial ways to keep your puppy busy while you are at work. Providing your puppy with a safe at-home environment and including toys, games and even setting up an interactive camera are resolutions for puppies who stay home alone.

    Have Lunch with Your Puppy or Provide Plenty of Toys

    Pet parents who work close to home, can arrange to go home for their lunch hour; using this time to walk, feed and play with their puppy. This time spent together benefits the puppy by allowing him to have social interaction, get exercise and stretch his legs during the day. If spending lunch time with your pup is not an option, providing treat dispenser toys, puzzle box toys with treats hidden inside, plush toys, balls and other toys your puppy favors will keep him occupied while he is home alone.

    Enroll Your Puppy in Day Care or Install a Pet Camera

    Search for a doggy day care with knowledgeable and caring staff. Being at the day care meets a puppy's daily needs for activity and attention. It's beneficial for puppies who feel lonely, bored or conduct destructive behavior when left alone for long periods of time. Some day care facilities offer additional services such as grooming services and obedience training. Before enrolling a puppy in day care, check with the rules and regulations of the facility. Taking a tour of the facility, meeting the staff and reviewing health, vaccination and safety policies is recommended. At times, doggy day care may not be an option for busy pet parents. An alternative option is to install an interactive pet-cam. This allows pet parents to keep an eye and communicate verbally with their stay-at-home puppy throughout the day.

    Hire a Dog Walker

    Dog walkers provide daily exercise, fresh water and socialization on a daily basis. Some dog walkers also provide an extended service by arranging play dates for your puppy, even bringing him to a dog park for his play session. Keep in mind when hiring a dog walker, he will have unsupervised access to your home when retrieving and returning your puppy from his walk.

    Spend Quality Time with Your Puppy

    Pet parents who return home after a long day at work should focus their attention on spending quality time with their puppy. Quantity of time, is not nearly as important as quality of time. Play games such as fetch and tug-of-war or go for a walk and visit a dog park after work if possible. Puppies enjoy bonding and spending time with their pet parents, whether during the week or on a weekend visit to the lake, beach or park.

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    About the Author

    Based in Miami, Shellie Alyssa has been writing articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on a variety of popular and informative pet websites including In 2000, she was awarded an editors choice award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry from the International Library of Poetry. She holds a fashion merchandising diploma from Penn Foster College.

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