Bringing home a new puppy?
There is nothing more exciting than bringing home new puppy. The enjoyment of finding and selecting one, then the introduction to the home and family, followed by the months of training and absolute puppy cuteness. A major question that arises for new pet owners is- “what will I do with my puppy while I am away at work?”
It is very important to consider the effect of your work hours and what it means for your new family member. If you work full-time, that most likely means your pup will be at home alone for nearly six to eight hours every day. However, adjustments can be made in order to guarantee proper (and happier) growth and development for a new puppy.
Let’s face it, some of us have to work full-time in order to meet our living expenses. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the enjoyment of owning a pet. With determination and efficient planning, you can provide a happy life for your dog- even if you can’t be home throughout the day. Quality time is more important than the quantity of time. Even though you may not be home consistently, be sure to spend your time showing love, exercising, training and playing.
It is difficult for a puppy to be left alone all day. Young puppies need and desire the attention of people or other pets. In fact, without proper stimulus, a young puppy can develop behavioral issues that can lead to problems down the road. They also have the need to relieve themselves frequently throughout the day. Luckily, there are endless resources available.
You may consider locating a local doggy daycare or dog sitter that can spend some time with your pup. You can also ask for help from friends or family as well. Even if it is just a quick visit in the middle of the day, this can make a huge difference to a puppy’s health and well-being mentally and physically. As your puppy gets older, they will be able to handle longer periods of time without potty breaks or attention. But until they reach about 3-6 months, you will need to set up some sort of arrangement that will meet their needs.
Remember, a bored puppy can be very destructive. Be sure to get your pup accustomed to either a puppy pen, or a closed off (safe) area where they won’t be inclined to destruction or have access to anything that could be harmful and unsafe. Consistent exercise and playing is the key to keeping a puppy well stimulated and entertained. This will lead them to be less destructive and more inclined to resting while they are on their own.
Exercising is extremely important and will encourage your dog to sleep throughout the day while you are away. You cannot expect an under stimulated puppy to sleep or remain calm during work hours. If you exercise your pup before you leave and/or on your lunch breaks, you will encourage your pet to relax throughout the day. As a pack animal, dogs have the ability to conserve their energy for the times where you are present and are offering play or exercise time. However, if they are not guaranteed a consistent and structured play/exercise regime, their bodies and their minds will not have the ability to adjust to long days alone.
Bringing home a new puppy is a decision that should be carefully considered. Analyze your ability to guarantee proper stimulation and don’t be afraid to seek help from a dog walker, dog sitter or even a pet day care. Even if a doggy daycare isn’t an everyday thing, it can always be a special reward once or twice a week. This will help to break up your pet’s week and provide additional external stimulus. Remember, puppies require a lot of attention and care. But with proper planning, even a full time worker can enjoy the benefits of owning a dog.