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Ways To Avoid Leaving Your Dog Home Alone

Dogs being left on their own for too long is a huge problem in the UK. A programme called ‘Dogs: Their Secret Lives’ shown on Channel 4 highlighted this issue. It looked at what dogs really get up to when left at home alone, and the impact this has on both the dogs and the owners. It showed that a large amount of dogs get extremely stressed when their owners leave them, even if they don’t show any physical signs of discomfort.

We live in a very fast paced world where we are always on the dog. It’s unfair to leave alone for too long, even if you are really busy. There are ways to reduce the amount of time you have to leave them.

Take your dog to work

This isn’t a possibility to everyone, but it is worth looking into. If you are considering full time work and you have a dog, try and look for places that allow you to bring them to work. Or ask your current employer if it could ever be a possibility.

Get a dog sitter at home

You can hire a dog sitter to come and look after your dog at home. This means your dog gets to stay in their own home where they feel comfortable.

Take your dog to daycare

There are thousands of doggy day care centres across the UK. Some people run businesses from their own homes where they care for other dogs. Find a reliable day care centre and simply drop your dogs off before you go to work, or have them collected if you don’t have time.

Flexible working hours

If you can get a job with flexible working hours then you can organise your time so that you are home for your dog more. You can coordinate your hours with your partners to make sure that there is someone home for long enough during the day.

Get friends and family to babysit

You can always ask friends and family to babysit. Especially if you know you have a really long working day coming up, ask them if they will help you out. Lots of friends and family who love dogs will happily do this for free. It is a good idea to make sure you have plenty of and supplies in stock, for your babysitter to use.


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