How to choose your dog when you work full time

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How to choose your dog when you work full time

It's decided, you want to adopt a dog! You have calculated your, done your research on breeders and your choice for a particular breed... But have you evaluated if the dog you are about to adopt will be comfortable with a master like you? Will it fit into your lifestyle, especially if you work full time? Here are a few important things to think about before adopting your canine companion so you can get off to a good start.

It is important to know that there are almost no dogs that like solitude. Some are calm, patient and can go unsupervised for long periods of time, but all need the presence and attention of their owner on a frequent basis. Leaving your dog alone at home for a whole day when you go to work is not recommended, as it can disturb his balance, both mentally and physically.

A puppy

If you have decided to adopt a puppy, be aware that it is impossible to leave him alone for the first few months of his life. An adult dog, on the other hand, will have difficulty adapting to your absences if you have accustomed him to your company 24 hours a day. The change is then too abrupt for the dog. Moving from close contact to solitude is very often badly supported by the animal, especially without training. It is therefore impossible for a dog to remain peaceful in the absence of its master if the interactions are constant when the master is present.

A question of habit

However, it is possible to get used to your absences gradually. The sooner you start, the more receptive your dog will be. The learning of solitude must be done in stages to allow him to feel reassured and thus to endure a few hours of solitude per day.

Adapting to the dog's character

On the other hand, it would be wise to know the characteristics of your future canine companion so that you can anticipate his needs and be able to predict whether or not he will be able to adapt to your lifestyle. If you work full time, avoid dogs that need a lot of exercise if you don't want pitou to ravage your living room during the day .

Also avoid breeds with a predisposition to a strong attachment to their master so as not to create anxiety in your dog when you are away. It is also possible to get information about a puppy's behaviour from the breeder to try to prevent behavioural problems that could occur later in his adult life.

Dog walkers

It should be noted that there are currently dog walkers who offer their services at a reasonable cost and who come to pick up the dog at his home. This type of service is very profitable for the owner as well as his dog, since most dog walkers are also trained to evaluate canine behaviour. They give you access to some advice, ensure a human presence during your absence and ensure the socialization of your doggie. As for walks, they are done by compatibility groups: this way, your dog will not have to deal with unpleasant dogs!

There is also the possibility of having your dog kept. Just like parents who drop their child off at the daycare, you can drop off your dog before going to work. It should also be noted that more and more employers are tolerating the presence of dogs in the office: if your employer hasn't yet thought about it and a possibility of this kind is possible in your workplace, why not take the initiative and propose it yourself to your boss?

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