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A puppy is a wonderful addition to any household, but many people feel that if they work full-time, they are unable to enjoy this experience for themselves. While granted it isn’t ideal, the fact is that the vast majority of dog owners hold down steady jobs and have very busy lifestyles means that they cannot spend every hour of the day with their furry companion. And do you know what? Your puppy will be able to adapt to this and will be just fine being by himself while you are at work – so long as you keep him comfortable and ensure you make it up to him with lots of love, fun and affection once you are at home!
Here are our top 5 tips for raising a puppy while working full-time.
While most of us would love to spend all day every day with our puppies if we could, the fact is that most homes that contain a dog have owners who work. As such, these fur babies are left home alone for at least part of each day. However, it would be highly beneficial to both him and you if you or other family members can arrange to take some leave from work when you first bring him home.
Going to live somewhere new can be a daunting prospect for any animal, but particularly for new puppies who are still getting to grips with the idea of the big wide world and where they fit into it. If you can be at home with him, it will help reassure him and give you an opportunity to start to bond with one another. You can also start your puppy’s all-important training!
No one likes the thought of restricting their pet, but the fact remains that sometimes it is safer and better for your puppy to be confined to one specific area. This is especially true while he is still so young and doesn’t yet have the life experience to be aware of dangers and hazards. It also limits the damage and destruction that is part and parcel of puppy ownership to just one space in your home. While you could keep your pup in one specific room of your house, many owners opt for using a crate instead. Dog crates are available in a variety of different sizes meaning that it is possible to get one suitable for the space you have and the size of your pooch. By getting one large enough you can place his bed, food and water bowls and favorite toys inside so that he is as comfortable and happy as possible.
Crate training may take some time and practice, but undertaking this task when your dog is still young is extremely valuable as it is something that can be used throughout his life – such as when you need to travel or if you need to put him into boarding at any point. You can also use your crate for those hours of the day that you need to be at work.
Unsurprisingly, one of the trickiest things to negotiate when owning a puppy and working full-time is potty-training. If you aren’t home for a number of hours at a time, your precious pup is going to need to learn to hold his bladder and bowels for some time. The process of potty-training may seem daunting, but with practice and patience, your furbaby will come to grips with it quicker than you think. Bear in mind that until he reaches around 12 weeks old, it is impossible for him to go more than a few hours without needing to go to the toilet, so initially you will need to make sure someone is around to let him out and prepare yourself for inevitable accidents. However, the sooner your puppy is potty-trained, the better for everyone involved!
Being cooped up all day is enough to drive anyone crazy, including your puppy. Working full-time means that you may not have as many hours to spend with your canine pal as you would like to, but it is important that you still ensure that your furbaby gets the exercise he needs to be healthy and entertained. A walk in the morning would help him burn off any excess energy and may make him more settled during the day, while a walk/run in the evening will enable him to expel the energy he has accumulated all day. Exercise is just as important for mental stimulation as it is for physical. The trick is to try and fit his exercise needs around your daily routine. If you think you will struggle to provide the amount of walking, he needs, why not consider hiring a professional?
In an ideal world, we would be able to raise our puppies and care for our dogs without the need for any assistance, but there are also plenty of experienced vets in Jacksonville FL who are more than happy to help provide recommendations for puppy walkers, dog sitters and even doggy day care facilities. These are al available to cater to the needs of owners who need to split their time between their job and their canine pal. If you don’t want to hire a professional, see if you have a nearby friend, neighbor or family member who wouldn’t mind popping in and checking in on your dog and letting him out to use the bathroom during the day.
If you would like more advice on potty training your puppy, our friendly and experienced veterinarians in Jacksonville FL would be happy to share their knowledge. Please contact our animal clinic in Jacksonville FL today at 904-204-1788 to speak to speak to us or to arrange an appointment.