It seems like our lives just continue to get busier and more hectic each day, and it’s become more difficult for us to find time for ourselves, let alone time for our pets. But we are all doing our best to fit our pets into our busy life styles. Every morning as you leave for work, are your pets trying to “talk” you out of leaving by staring at you with those sad puppy eyes? Are you feeling guilty for leaving them home alone for yet another day? If you are, we are going to give you some tips* to relieve that guilt and let your pets feel a little less lonely.
For dogs that are home alone for the majority of the day, consider setting up a doggy door—this way your dogs can choose to come in and out as they please. Remember, leaving your pets outside for long periods of time is not a good idea. Pets may are more vulnerable to intruders and even heat strokes! But keeping your pets cooped up inside is not healthy either. Just like us, dogs need at least an hour of exercise everyday.
For those who are not too keen on the doggy door idea, opt for a dog walker! Adult dogs should be walked once a day; one long walk will be enough to tire them out. Puppies and seniors should be walked twice a day; two shorter walks are enough to keep them healthy and happy.
Create an ideal sanctuary for your pets by making their crates as cozy and as comfortable as possible. Crates with a soft padding will keep your pets more relaxed and at ease. Leaving their favorite toys in their crates help pets stay busy and occupied throughout the day. Rewarding them with a new toy every month will keep them entertained. But don’t forget to leave out plenty of food and water!
When you have been busy at work all day, all you want to do is to sit, relax, and unwind. This is the perfect time to cuddle with your pets! Some quality time with your pets before bed is a great way to end the day, and your pets will definitely appreciate this quality time.
Adopt another! This may seem crazy, considering one dog seems like more than enough. But dogs love the companionship. They can keep each other company while you are away during the day. They will also get plenty of exercise just by playing with each other!
If you have any other great tips, share them with us!
(photo via Daily Puppy)
*Disclaimer: The information provided here is general information for the reader. It is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.