Get help with your dog
It Murphy's law when you have a dog, and you are desperately trying to get a good night rest they will need to go to the bathroom multiple times at night.
So that's what happened yesterday.
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Time to dive into 9 to 5 Dog. I promised to keep this blog transparent and share all the results with you. So here we go.
As I mentioned in the last post, I was preparing my dog for home alone time for the past month. I signed her up at a new daycare facility and sent her there once a week for 3-5 hours to get used to it. The trial runs when great. Here are the results from past week.
This time it was 9 hours long. She didn't seem as happy as before. I think the long day tire her out a lot. So much that she was pretty frustrated at the end of the day. Frustrated and very very hungry. After the evening meal, she went straight to her bed and slept for the whole evening and the whole next day. The full 24-hour rest ended with a run in the park. I noticed she wasn't eager to meet other dogs as usual. Probably, it was too much socializing at the daycare.
Alright, so that's the stats for the week. Let's move on to today's topic. Do you send your dog to daycare? Do you have a dog walker? Is your budget too small for professional service? Today I wanted to talk about getting help in taking care of our dogs.
It is not uncommon to hear that people leave their dogs at home for the entire day without a potty break. The fact is that large dogs can hold on for 8-12 hours. However, doing so may lead to urinary tract infections and crystals forming in the dog's bladder.
If you can not hire a dog walker or daycare, consider sharing responsibilities for the dogs with your friends, neighbours, extended family and other people that might be willing to help.
What's in it for them?
If you are an urban dweller, chances are that your neighbour dog owners struggle with potty breaks too. You may take turns to come back home for lunch break to take the dogs out. Alternatively, a neighbour that stays at home during the day may take your dog out, while you take care of theirs on weekends or when they go out of town.
Your dog is part of your family. Do you have a relative that loves dogs? Your teenage nieces and nephews can walk the dog after school. Your dog may also keep company to your retired relatives during the day.
We all have a friend that always wanted a dog but for some reason does not have one. They may become your ideal dog sitter.
Your dog's friends
Yes, dog have friends too. It is alright to stay with a friendly human, but it is a lot of fun to spend the day with your best canine buddy, that you usually meet for a few minutes or an hour at the park during your walks.
Of course, all these people may have enough of your dog one day, but it works for many people. Try it out and let me know what you think here!
Here are some suggestions. First of all, let your dog relieve himself before they go to an unfamiliar place for the first time. Accidents happen, and it is best to try to avoid them. First impressions matter. If you have a very active dog, you should provide them with enough exercise to keep them calm at your friend's or relative's house. If you know that your dog gets anxious when you leave them at somebody's house, it is a good idea to have your friends or relatives pick your dog up. That way, he will know who is in charge at the new place the minute he arrives. Leave him only for an hour or two for the first visit. Just enough to get used to the new place, but too short to get tired of it.
If you do this, make sure to arrange a fairly stable and predictable life for your dog. Introduce new caregivers to their life carefully and slowly. Otherwise, uncertainty and lack of control will result in stress. You want your dog to be happy, not stressed.