Keep Your Dog Happy During Busy Seasons
Us animal lovers would like nothing more than to spend all of our days and nights hanging out with our pets.
Unfortunately, we must often pull ourselves away for other responsibilities. And there can also be especially busy periods when we have to be away from home or are distracted with chores.
From our dog’s perspective, this may be quite unacceptable. But there are things you can do to make these busy times more fun for your pet, so that he remains happily entertained while you do what you need to do.
If you know you’ll be working late on a particular day, arrange an evening with your dog’s best buddy over at his home. Treat it like a mini vacation and make sure the human sitter has your dog’s food, toys, and bed so that he feels comfortable. Your pet should have stayed in this home before and he should be OK with spending time away from you and his own home. If you are unsure, don’t try it because it may stress him; make a play date for an afternoon and test the waters first.
A Weekend Adventure
You will be away for the weekend and a good friend will be watching your dog. Instead of having them stay home watching TV on the couch, consider setting them up for an outing. If your dog’s favorite thing in the world is going to the dog beach, have your friend make a trip there. If he loves hiking, have them go on his favorite trail. Before you plan anything, make sure your dog is good on a leash, doesn’t have any behavior issues, and that your friend can easily handle your dog.
An Entertaining Chew
If what you need to do allows you to stay home, satisfying your pet could be as simple as a healthy and enticing chew. Finding an appropriate chew will depend on many factors, including your dog’s size, his chewing abilities, his tastes, and whether he has any food sensitivities. Avoid hard chews like antlers for power chewers and also make sure the chew is large enough in order to help minimize choking hazards. Look for chews that are minimally processed. Set up your “work station” in your home and bring your dog with you. When you are ready to begin, give him his chew and get to work. Make sure to supervise your dog with any chew.
Find a Quality Dog Walker
Consider hiring a dog walker for days when you just don’t have the time to take your dog out for his usual walk. Do your research and find someone both you and your dog like. Your dog should be happy to see the dog walker and excited to go on his walk.
Take 5 Minutes
Even when you’re at your busiest, take a few minutes to show your dog some love. Even if it’s just a few minutes of neck scratching, he’ll appreciate your attention. Praise him when he’s being good whenever you can.
Keep Things Positive
Things are hectic and you’re probably stressed, but try and keep that anxiety at a minimum around your dog. The happier you are, the happier he’ll be. So if you have to leave him at a friend’s for a work function, keep things light and positive when you leave. You can even try giving him a treat as you head out.
Life happens and we don’t always control when we get busy. But there are certainly things we can do to minimize the stress and chaos around these times when it comes to our pets.