7 Dog Care Tips for Busy People
Pet owners with busy schedules should be interested in dog care
tips to make sure the dog is happy, healthy and well taken care
of. There are certain dog breeds that need more attention than
others; however, each dog needs a bit of time with his owner.
1. Don’t Free Feed
Being busy, you would tend to free feed your dog. Doing this
may lead to dog obesity if you leave out too much food, or
behavioral problems such as chewing if you leave too little
2. Regular Feeding Hours
Puppies need to be fed 3 to 4 times per day, until they are 8
weeks old. After that, the meals should be twice per day. Use
your lunch break to visit your pet and feed him for the first
weeks of his life. Ask someone to feed him, if you don’t have
the time to come home.
Dogs that are 9 months or older should be fed once a day, so
this should be no problem even if you are away all day. Just
remember to feed your dog at the same time and, most
importantly, don’t forget to feed him!
Leave fresh water out for your dog and make sure you replace
it every day.
3. Daily Exercise
Any dog has exercise requirements and needs to spend his
extra energy, otherwise he can become obese and develop health
issues. Even if your dog is a low energy dog, he will still need
to engage in activities. Ideally, you should take your dog out
for long walks or to play Frisbee or fetch with different
objects. If you lack the time, just take him out for a short
walk for 5 to 10 minutes and then offer your dog some toys and
Alternatively, wake up half an hour before your regular
wake-up time and take your dog for a long walk. All he needs is
a 20 to 30 minutes walk. This can have benefits for your health
4. Dog Sitters
Dog sitters bring a lot of benefits: they walk your dog, help
him socialize with other dogs and play with him; preventing
boredom, excessive barking and howling, and other behavioral
Dogs that live in apartments need walks during the day to
urinate; keeping the urine for too long may lead to infections.
5. Grooming for Relaxation
Dogs need grooming. Brush your dog at least once per week.
You can do this on the weekend. Regular brushing helps to keep
your dog’s coat healthy and clean. Remove the loose hairs and
impurities and, while brushing, you can also check the dog’s
skin for any abnormalities such as swellings, rashes, bites or
injuries. With regular grooming, you can detect health issues in
You may also opt for professional groomers who can take care
of your pet. However, this is a more expensive option.
The dog’s bathing should be done once every two months. Plan
the bathing and make some time for this event.
7. Look out for Health Problems
Even if you spend only a few hours at home, look out for
signs of health issues. Check your dog’s skin while petting him
and notice whether his behavior is normal. Look out for
excessive scratching or licking, bites, wounds, lethargy or any
other suspicious symptom.
In case you have a busy schedule and are about to buy a dog,
opt for a breed that is less active indoors, such as the toy
breeds or the non-sporting breeds.
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