We live in a busy world. And for most of us, it only gets busier as we progress in our life and career. But just because we’re busy, it doesn’t mean we should miss out on all the joys of owning a pet. Pets are family. And no matter how packed your daily schedule is, it’s still your responsibility to give your pet the lifelong benefits of optimal health. That’s why we created this helpful guide. Keep reading to learn how to keep your dog healthy even when you’re super busy!
Create a Routine
This tip applies to life in general – as most people thrive on routine.
But it’s especially important when it comes to your pet’s health.
Create a routine that involves daily play, consistent exercise, and regular mealtime.
Getting your pet adjusted and used to this routine will help tremendously with keeping your pet’s needs in line with your busy schedule.
Find Some Playmates
Dogs are social animals.
They need love and companionship to truly live a happy and healthy life.
And this doesn’t just mean spending time with you.
Head to the local dog park or set some play dates with friends that also own pets.
Just like you, your pet needs a social circle to truly create a fulfilling life.
And these connections will undoubtedly come in handy when you need a last-minute pet sitter.
Feed at the Same Time Each Day
If you work typical hours, then you won’t always be there to handle your pet’s needs.
This is especially important when it comes to your pet’s digestion.
For some pets (like cats), the litter box is all you need.
They’ll take care of the rest.
But for pets that require you to let them out to relieve themselves, you’ll need to get them on a set schedule.
The most important thing is to feed them at a consistent time each day.
Most people choose to feed one meal in the morning and one meal at night.
This is a great way to keep their schedule consistent.
But if you feed the right food, then there’s another way that might work even better.
Feed Your Dog Low Carb
All dogs should eat low carb.
If you need convincing, check out this helpful booklet from Visionary Pet that details all the reasons why dogs should be fueled by fat and protein – not carbs.
And once you understand the truth about canine nutrition, find a low carb food that works for you!
Feeding a low carb diet is especially helpful in keeping a regular digestion schedule.
It will allow your dog to have consistent energy and keep them from feeling hungry.
And if your schedule is truly busy, then feeding a diet that’s high in fat and protein is even more important – because you can get away with feeding one meal per day.
This will save you the time of night-time feeding, ensure a regular digestion schedule for your dog, and give your companion all the benefits of a consistent 24-hour fasting window!
Have Plenty of Toys Around
This one goes without saying. If you work long hours at an office away from home, you need to keep your pet occupied and mentally active.
Pets need physical and mental stimulation – and toys are a great way to keep them occupied and entertained when you’re not home.
It might make your home look like a playpen, but it’ll be worth it when your best friends have the entertainment to keep them from missing you.
Hire a Pet Sitter or Walker
Just like everything else in life, outsourcing is the key to saving your valuable time.
And in the internet age, it’s never been easier to find a pet sitter or walker that matches your pet’s specific needs.
You can use an online service like WAG! or search your personal network for someone who can consistently help you with walking or pet sitting.
We don’t recommend that you outsource all of your pet’s daily needs – but having a reliable person who can occasionally walk or watch your pet can make a world of difference when you have a busy or unpredictable schedule.
Consider a Doggy Daycare
If you’re a dog owner, we strongly recommend considering the occasional doggy daycare or boarding service.
These can be great options for working pet parents, as the staff will tend to your dog’s needs while you’re away and your dog will have tons of fun all day playing with fellow dogs!
A simple Yelp or Google search will tell you everything you need to know about different services in your area.
But beware, the cost of daycare can add up quickly – so make sure you’re aware of all fees and payment options before signing up.
Find a Dog-Friendly Office
Even just 15 years ago, the idea of a pet-friendly workspace was reserved for startups and pet stores.
But now, taking your pet to work with you is rapidly becoming the norm.
This is a great trend for busy pet parents, as it gives you a way to stay productive without sacrificing as much bonding time with your pet.
It also makes the workday much more enjoyable when you have a loving pet at your side.
If you work in an office, ask your colleagues about the pet policy.
And if this is especially important to you, make sure you know the pet policy before you agree to work with a new organization.
And lastly, consider working remotely for all or part of the workweek.
This is another work trend that is beneficial for busy pet parents – and many employers are open and accepting toward remote employees.
Do What’s Best for Your Pet
Every pet is different.
So it’s up to you to understand their needs and provide for them.
That means creating a healthy routine, keeping them physically and mentally fit, and creating a network to care for them on days where life gets in the way.
Life can get busy – but there’s always time to do what’s best for your pet.