The Secret to Working and Pet-Parenting Full Time
So you want to get a dog, but you're concerned about how much work they take. You already have one job; can you take on the work of being a full-time dog parent, too?
In a perfect world, flexible schedules and pet-friendly work places would allow us to be with our dogs most of the day. But in real life, being a working dog owner often means leaving your dog at home while you work the 9-5.
Don't worry: you can have it all. In this field guide for working dog owners, we'll cover how to care for a dog and keep your day job.
Make home comfortable & fun.
You may have to leave your dog home while you go to work, but that doesn't mean they have to be lonely. Start by preparing a dog-safe zone filled with comforts and distractions to keep your dog busy while you're out of the house.
First, choose a secure area of your home, whether it's a spare bedroom, laundry room, or a sectioned-off part of the kitchen. Then, deck it out with some or all of the following:
- A crate if you're crate training.
- Baby gates to section off space. This pet gate is a fun, freestanding choice if your dog isn't a jumper. If she is, you'll need something higher.
- Cozy items like blankets or your old shirts.
- At least one bed like this comfy orthopedic pet mattress. Note: You may need a chew-proof bed (we like the K9 Ballistics line). This is a good list of more options.
Prepping a secure space for your dog will keep them comfortable and safe while you're gone.
Fit in a morning workout.
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A tired dog is a happy dog, and exercise is good for you, too! If you'll be sitting at a desk all day and your dog will be snoozing at home, make the most of the morning by fitting in a quick workout.
Here are a few ideas for dog & person exercise you can do in 30 minutes or less.
- Take a brisk walk or jog (note: puppies under 18 months old and senior dogs should not run)
- Play tug or fetch; for an extra boost, you can do jumping jacks while your dog retrieves the ball!
- Take a training walk (brain exercise + physical exercise all in one)
- Go for a swim
- Kick around a soccer ball
See the rest of the tips on how to care for your dog while you work full time on Rover.