The Ultimate Guide To Having A Pet When You Work Full-Time

Most pet owners would love to spend all their time with their animal friends. After all, most of us choose to adopt pets because we want to enjoy having a cat or dog as a companion. But unfortunately, most pet parents can’t afford to stay home all day.

lot people work full-time jobs with long hours. And on top of work, people also have to contend with friends, family, hobbies and chores all vying for their attention. In the hustle and bustle, it can be hard to make enough time for your furry friend.

Even so, people with busy schedules can still make good pet owners.Here are 10 tips you can use to take great care of your pet while working a full-time job.

1. Choose Your Pet Wisely

If you haven’t already picked out a furry friend, carefully choosing the breed can help you ensure your pet will be able to cope with your working hours.

Some pet breeds tolerate staying home alone better, so choosing a low-maintenance breed with a reasonable energy level is smart. Additionally, consider adopting a full-grown cat or dog instead of getting a puppy or kitten.

2. Pet-Proof the House

Keeping your pets safe and comfy while you’re at work starts with pet-proofing your house. Even if you don’t have a puppy or kitten that likes to get into trouble, you still need to remove or secure things that could be dangerous for your pet to munch on, like chocolate or certain houseplants. Fasten cabinets and put valuables out of reach to be safe.

3. Invest in a Pet Sitter

Some pets can get lonely during the day.  If you’re worried about them getting into trouble or having health issues, it might be worthwhile to hire a pet sitter to check in once a day. Pet sitters can take your dog on a walk and provide play and comfort.

As a digital alternative, interactive cameras like Furbo Dog Nanny can alert you to real-time emergencies like unusual dog activity or a person entering the house.

4. Supply Entertainment

Giving your dog or cat engaging toys can challenge them and it will keep them entertained while you’re away. Playing can get them to channel their energy productively, instead of destructively.

5. Relieve Separation Anxiety

If your pet behaves strangely when you leave home, find ways to relieve their separation anxiety. One simple trick is to give them a treat every time you go to work. By helping them associate you leaving with a tasty snack, you make your separation a more positive routine.

6. Give Plenty of Exercise

Destructive or worrying behavior and separation anxiety often result from excessive nervous energy in a dog or cat. Without you around, they sometimes don’t know what to do . If you’re worried about your pet, try giving them plenty of exercise in the morning before work, which can tire them out and make them content to sleep while you’re gone.

7. Enlist the Help of a Friend

If you don’t have a lot of time to socialize with your pet, they might get lonely. No one likes to be lonely, so if you have the means to do so, consider adopting another pet to keep yours company. Having an animal friend during the day could keep both pets happy.

8. Take Your Pet to Work

Some workplaces allow employees to bring their pets to the office. When you bring your pet to work every once in a while, you keep them company and get the benefits of animal company yourself.

9. Consider Doggy Daycare

Dogs might benefit from occasional socializing with other canines. If you can afford to send your dog to daycare a few times a week, it might be worth it. Just make sure to check in with daycare workers to make sure your dog fits into the environment.

10. Spend Quality Time With Your Pets

Even if you work full-time, you can still spend quality time with your pets. On weekends and holidays, give your pet a good cuddle, play together and consider taking them on a day trip to the great outdoors.

Taking care of a pet is a huge commitment. However, it’s nothing a working pet parent can’t handle. Use these clever strategies to balance your busy schedule with the needs of your animal companion.

Featured image by Valerie Elash from Unsplash. 

Author Bio: Emily is a sustainability writer and pet lover. You can read more of her work on her blog, Conservation Folks.

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