Owning a dog is a wonderful experience, from that precious moment you hold yours in your arms for the first time and promise him a great life to the moment you whisper a final goodbye. Welcoming a dog into your life is a journey you will remember forever.
Not everything on that journey is rainbows and butterflies. “Fido, did you go through the garbage, again?!?” “Oh no, you ripped up the couch cushions!” “Did you really counter-surf and eat a whole loaf of bread while I was at work??” The instant you pick up the ripped bag no longer holding bread should tell you exactly whose fault it was.
These outbursts may make you think your dog needs training, to be crated, or another dog in the family to keep him entertained. And while one of these solutions might help, if you also find that your dog doesn’t get at least one brisk, blood-pumping walk a day, then more exercise might be the solution.
Humans get cabin fever if they’re indoors for too long. We have friends, hobbies, and activities to keep us active. Dogs rely on their owners for entertainment, a social life, and something to do; when we work eight-plus hours a day and return home absolutely exhausted, our dog doesn’t get the interaction nor exercise he needs.
If you return home to a different disaster each day, instead of getting frustrated, look at what else you can provide him, like exercise.
Full-time jobs with long commutes, caring for the kids, or running a business take a lot out of your day. Some options to still give your dog extra attention are to return home on your lunch break to play fetch or have the kids take the dog on a 30-minute walk each day. A quick 10-minute fetch break will leave him happier and, likely, less destructive.
If you can’t dedicate the time needed to properly exercise your dog, hiring a dog walker might be a good alternative. A professional dog walker comes to your house, takes your dog on an adventure with friends, and provides a fun and physically and mentally stimulating environment.
“You want me to let a stranger into my house to care for my four-legged family member? No way!” Yes, I suggested a professional dog walker exactly for that reason: When you hire onr, there is so much more that comes with the walk than what you pay for, namely the peace of mind from knowing your dog is loved and well-exercised and the satisfaction knowing your dog has a great social life. And the best part? Not being stressed to make time to walk the dog or feeling guilty he didn’t get his walk.
The company our canine friends provide us is the best a human can experience. But it can be a struggle to give them the attention and exercise they deserve. A precious few minutes on a lunch break, having the kids exercise the dog, or hiring a dog walker ensure your dog receives the adventure he craves. And it could save you a couple loaves of bread.
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