How To Take Care Of A Dog When You Have A Full Time Job

Written by: Rachel Crocetti

March 8, 2016

Not everyone is as lucky as the lovely people of the BarkPost pawffice, who take full advantage of the “every day is bring your dog to work day” policy. But have no fear! While you may feel guilty saying goodbye to your furry friend every morning, there are ways that you can bring home the kibble and still be an excellent pup parent. Read on for our tips!

1.Find out where your dog feels most comfortable.

Fido may feel safer in a crate, or he could enjoy being the king of the castle during the workweek. Whatever the case, take some time to figure out what works best for your individual pup. While some dogs are total crate dogs, others are cool with spending the day in one sectioned off room with their comfy bed and a bowl of water.

2. Leave something that smells like you behind.

When we say leave something smelly, we don’t mean you have to throw your gym clothes in Buddy’s crate. Any t-shirt that you’ve worn but haven’t washed will do. Your dog will feel more comfortable snuggling with Mommy or Daddy’s shirt, almost as if they are actually there in person.

3. When you have the time, spend it with your pup.

This means that when it’s quittin’ time and you just want to head home and put your feet up, you should instead opt to spend some quality time with your pup. When you get home, try taking your dog for a longer walk or to the park so they feel extra loved. Dogs will love you unconditionally no matter what, but spending that extra quality time with them will make them look forward to seeing you even more at the end of the day.

4. Get a reputable walker.

Whether it’s a certified dog-walking company or a neighbor that’s home during the day, find someone trustworthy if your dog needs to stretch his legs or use the little pup’s room in the middle of the day. Try to meet the walker beforehand and check to make sure that it will be an individual walk (not a huge pack walk which could be dangerous to your dog). Make sure they use software, like Scout, that has features like arrival notifications and GPS tracking. Bonus points if your walker knows doggy CPR!

5. Try to sneak home during the day if you work close enough.

Popping in to see your pup during your lunch break will be therapeutic for both of you. Your dog will appreciate the effort (really, he will!) and it’s always good to check on things at home. Not to mention, seeing his goofy face may just give you the push you need to get through the rest of the work day!

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Written by: Rachel Crocetti

March 8, 2016