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5 Ways To Spend Time With Dogs Without Actually Owning One

Many dog lovers spend their days wishing they could have a dog. Unfortunately, not everyone is in a position to care for a dog on a full time basis. This can be for a variety of reasons such as not having enough time or money, working full time or not being allowed pets in rented accommodation. It can be very frustrating when you adore being around dogs but you can’t actually own one yourself. Don’t worry, there are ways to get around this probably. Just because you don’t own a dog doesn’t mean you can’t have dogs in your life. Here are five ways to spend time with dogs without actually owning one.



  • Volunteer at a rescue centre


Many rescue centres are in desperate need of volunteers to help them out in their kennels. They often need people to walk the dogs and help with maintaining the kennels. Giving your time to a dog rescue centre is a great way of spending time with dogs. It will involve some hard work but it’s all worth it when you get to be around these wonderful animals. Contact your nearest rescue centre to see whether they need any volunteers.



  • Go to doggy events


There are plenty of doggy events to attend where you can meet all sorts of different dogs. Whether you want to watch dogs in a show or see a variety of different breeds there will be a suitable event you can go to. At Discover Dogs they have all the dog breeds in one place so you can get to know what different dog breeds are like. Large dog shows such as Crufts enable you to watch shows and dogs performing. There are also lots of events and pet shows across the country you can go to where there are always plenty of dogs in attendance. Check out some of these events





This is a new website that connects dog owners with people who want to look after dogs. It’s a website that is made for people who want a dog but are not yet in a position to have one. You can search through lots of dogs that need looking after while their owner is away and put a request in to look after them. aims to ‘match doggy owners with local borrowers for walkies, playdays, sleepovers and happy holidays.’ Check out their for more details and to find dogs in your area.



  • Look after family and friend’s dogs


Got any friends and family that occasionally need someone to look after their dog? Simply let them know that you would be happy to help them out. Lots of people have a family member that they know will always look after their dog. You get to look after their dog for short periods without all the responsibility. You will be helping your friends and family out whilst getting to spend more time with dogs.



  • Embark on a career working with dogs


If you are mad about dogs then you could always consider a career working with dogs. Why not do something your love? There are lots of different ways you can work with dogs such as grooming, dog training/behaviour, working as a vet and dog walking. For many people working with dogs is their dream career. It’s an ideal way to get some interaction and daily contact with dogs without having to look after one yourself.


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