9 to 5 Dog
A GUIDE TO KEEPING YOUR DOG HAPPY WHILE WORKING FULL-TIME
Leaving your dog at home on their own for hours isn't fair, learn how to provide your dogs with the physical and mental stimulation, socialization and entertainment that they need to cope with this.
Do you have a dog and a busy job? Looking for help in keeping your canine happy?
"WILL THIS WORK…?"
Is dog ownership right for a person working a 9-to-5 job?
Odds are high that it is. If you have doubts and fears, let’s face them now and get over it once and for all.
You might also ask what dog is right for you. What do you need to do to prepare for the dog’s arrival? How do you train a puppy or an adult dog when you have to spend so much time at work? What if you have to go on a trip?
Not to worry, it’s all here.
Frequently Asked Questions about 9 to 5 Dog
I always wanted to have a dog but worry I don’t have enough time.
Some breeders and even rescue organizations reject applicants with a full-time job arguing that they don’t have the time to devote to the pooch. Is that unfair? I think it is.
Yes, your demanding job might mean you won’t always be available, but it also means that you’re making money and can afford to own a dog. In a way, dogs are like children, they look up to you, and they need your care, guidance, attention and love. So think of it in perspective. Is it fair that people with demanding jobs should not have children? Think of single moms and dads. Is that bad parenting? It’s a tricky situation, but one thing stays true: having a full-time job does not make you an irresponsible pet owner on any level.
I already own a dog. I’m not sure, but I think he’s fine.
Dogs can’t talk to us, but they do communicate with us through their body language and behavior. Has your dog chewed up something recently? Did you or your neighbors hear any howling or barking? Does your dog go out of his mind when you’re around? Do you struggle with such behavior problems as pulling on the leash, obsession about an object, problems with other dogs or people? Your dog might be telling you he’s stressed, bored or anxious. If you’ve ignored it for too long, your pooch may have simply shut down and given up. You have to learn how to recognize separation anxiety, stress and boredom. You want to provide him with a rich life.
I feel guilty every time I leave the house. What can I do to make sure he has what he needs?
The objective is to ensure your dog has a balanced and fulfilled life in a way that also works for you. If you want to learn how to provide your dog with the physical and mental stimulation, socialization and entertainment that your dogs need, read on.
Is this book right for me?
I’m writing this book with you, a busy professional, in mind. If you’re either considering getting a dog or already have a dog, but you believe you need advice about managing a dog while you work full-time, then this is for you. It’s a reference guide for people who don’t have the luxury of time to obtain a Ph.D. in dog training, psychology and physiology.
It contains the basics of things such as how to prepare for adopting or buying a dog, how to select the right puppy or adult dog, how to organize your dog’s life around your routine, how to provide the right balance of exercise, mental stimulation and rest, how to bring your dog to the office, how to hire professional care for your dog, how to solve issues with anxiety and other behavioral problems and how to select toys and gadgets for your dog.
As with any relationship, it takes effort to build and maintain a friendship with your dog. How you manage your dog’s day-to-day needs, teach him trust and respect and deal with situations all reflect in your dog’s behavior. Calm, gentle and respectful dogs live in supportive and nurturing homes. If you’re feeling lost on your way to successful dog parenting, don’t give up in desperation: 9-to-5 Dogs will give you a whole new picture and provide easy steps to resolve every frustration.
This blog is all-inclusive, providing a comprehensive look on how to keep your canine companion happy while working at a busy job. From choosing the right breed and identifying the right dog to managing your day-to-day routine and finding help, you will find it all here.