What Could You Do to Make the Time Your Dog Spends Alone Easier to Handle
All right, welcome to the 9-to-5 Dog blog. My name is Olga Zuberg. I’m so glad you could join me. This blog is for people who work 9-to-5 jobs and their dogs. I’ll soon write a book called 9-to-5 Dogs for all of you. In this blog, I will share with you the thoughts and resources I uncovered. And you’re welcome to join the conversation. So, it should be interesting.
For this week, I’ll share a mini-blog every day. So in keeping with the topic of the blog, I thought that this week I’ll give you five ideas to make the time your dog spends alone easier to handle.
So, first step, make sure you subscribe to the blog. Share the link with your friends. And you can also leave a review. That really helps because the more people subscribe to the blog, the more people will hear about it, the more people will join our discussion. I really want to make sure this blog is helpful and edifying to all of you. You can learn from the mistakes that other dog owners make. You can also learn from the successes they have. I hope it will encourage you most of all to take your dog on this journey of creating, building and improving their lives.
So for this mini post #1 in our first week we are going to start to talk about what it takes to be a dog now. It used to be that dogs roamed freely. If you walked on the street of an average neighborhood, you could hear children at play. Someone was always at home, and dogs were running around. If you were to leave the house, your neighbors were there. They would watch your children and your dogs. Many of these dogs had a real job: guards of the house and livestock, shepherds in the field, assistants on hunts, etc.
Walking on the streets today, you can hear individual dogs barking in their backyards. If you live in a tall residential building, just walk the stairs and carefully listen to the sounds on each floor. You may be surprised at how much howling, barking and whining you’ll hear. Dogs are alone for hours at a time, wondering where their masters went. This is the current normal.
Is your dog alone at home the whole day? You’ve probably started to wonder how to change that? Well, that’s what this blog is about. Where do we start? Well, I like to think of it as a Venn diagram. (You can search for a picture of a Venn diagram on the Internet.) So, get a blank piece of paper and a pencil. Draw a simple circle, and in that circle write all the things that your dog loves to do. Done?
Now go to the other side of the page and draw an intersecting circle. And in that circle write what your dog actually did yesterday. If yesterday wasn’t your average day, write what your dog does on an average day. These two circles overlap creating a third intersecting circle and title it “what I could do differently.” What’s inside that overlapping circle is how you choose the things you’d like to work on.
Take a snap of that and upload it here. Let’s see what our dogs are passionate about!
So the first thing is that you should be interested and inspired to help your dog. Now, you do not exist to serve your dog, of course. And your dog may find some new interests along the way. So write down the names of the human friends your dog has, all the extended network. Who does he or she love? Who makes the tail wag? At the end of this list, write down the names of the dog friends your dog has.
You may find that your dog is very social (I had no idea that I have fewer friends than my dog does), or, sadly, you may realize that your dog is very isolated. Don’t get discouraged if you do. That’s what this blog is for.
We share one thing with our dogs. We’re both very social creatures. So, look at the list of the things your dog loves to do. How many of them involve you or another dog or human? Is there any activity apart from sleep that your dog would prefer not to share with someone else? You’re lucky if there are some. I have none. Now, think of the ways you can involve all these people and dogs in your dog’s life more. Could you host a play date? Do you want to invite a couple of friends to go hiking? Maybe the next time you’re going to the dog park, you can call the owner of your dog’s best friend.
Check the comments to see what activity I came up with after my analysis.
All right, so that’s the mini-exercise for this week. I’m trying to make it right around 10 minutes for you.
If you want to help the blog, if you want the blog to go far, if you wish to see other dogs and their owners succeed, you can do a few things. First, start creating a better life for yourself and your dog. Second, subscribe to the blog and share. And whenever you do that, you help the blog find a bigger audience. If you do that right now, it will really help the blog to get some legs under it, which is good for you, for your dog and for the community of people who are trying to create, build and improve the lives of their dogs. Third, I would like to hear from you! You can reach me on the 9-to-5 Dogs Facebook page or by hitting “reply” to the emails I send to my subscribers. You can also reach me by tweeting me. Or you can fill the form on this website. I will reply.
Thank you so much for joining me on this little post. I’d love to hear from you. Please subscribe and share this blog. And go have some fun with your dog. I’ll talk to you again tomorrow.