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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 food.

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 chew toys.

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 also.

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 problems.

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 time.

You may also opt for professional groomers who can take care of your pet. However, this is a more expensive option.

6. Bathing

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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