Bringing a dog into your home is a huge commitment. The love and devotion a dog can give is unlike any other relationship. A dog is capable of unconditional love. Even dogs that are treated poorly will continue to offer loyalty.
I often hear people say “I just don’t have time for him/her any more. They need to be with someone that has a yard so they can run and play.”
I have seven dogs of my own. I would love to spend all day frolicking and hanging out with my dogs. This isn’t possible with work and the many responsibilities I have in my life. I give them a safe and wonderful home. I save them from bad circumstances. But I also know that its the quality of time and not the quantity. Fortunately I work at home and my dogs get to see me everyday.
If you work all day away from home it would be wonderful if you could get up 30 minutes earlier to take a short walk with your dog. If this isn’t possible even a few minutes sitting with them, petting and talking to them. When you get home you do the same thing. Whenever possible you take your dog along with you. Many stores and even cafes now allow leashed well mannered pets. Here is a list of some.
Socializing with friends who have dogs is a great way to bond and connect with your dog. Well socialized dogs are happier and healthier. The emotional well being of animal and human has been proven to effect health. When you go away for the day consider leaving soft music playing. I think its important for a dog to have a dog or cat companion. Its just as easy to take care of two dogs as it is one. They keep each other company and you get double the love!
Open your heart up and really connect with your dog. The rewards are unbelievable!