How To Balance Work And Caring For A Pet

Worklife balance is hard enough without a pet, here's how to manage pet ownership and work.

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Worklife balance is hard for most people. Being a dedicated employee while also trying to have a personal life is difficult. When caring for others comes into the mix it becomes even more challenging. People often get pets for companionship but may not realize the amount of care and attention that they need. It is important to figure out the correct balance between work, caring for a pet, and personal time.

An increasing number of people are getting pets these days. In the UK during 2017 and 2018, 45 per cent of the population had a pet. 26 per cent of those people owned a dog. Millennials are the pet loving generation. In the United States, 73 per cent of millennials own a pet, making them the largest group of pet owners by generation.

With pet ownership up, it is important that these people realise the time and dedication it takes to care for another living being. Cats will generally take care of themselves as they enjoy alone time and can be litter trained. Dogs, on the other hand, are naturally pack animals and thrive in socialization. It is important to dedicate time to training your dog as soon as possible because they need to know basic commands.

When you are getting a dog, check on your office pet policy. More offices are becoming dog-friendly making it easier for dog owners who will have to worry less about their pet at home. If you can’t bring your dog with you, consider getting a dog walker. A dog walker will help prevent any accidents that may happen while you are away and provide the dog with some exercise and social stimulation.

Dogs also suffer from separation anxiety. It’s important to gradually increase the time spent away from a new pup to condition them to the situation. Another way to prevent separation anxiety is to exercise with your dog before work. This is an opportunity for you to bond and exercise. It will help you start your day and improve your health while also providing the same for your pet. Exercising before work will tire out your dog and allow them to sleep while you’re gone reducing the chance of separation anxiety.

When getting a pet, it’s important to remember that it will take some time to create a routine and lifestyle that will work for you and your pet. Balancing work and a dog will definitely take some time to get used to, but your pet will be beneficial for you because they will increase your exercise and self-care. When you are caring for another being you are more likely to take better care of yourself.

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