Has Your Dog Been a Dog Today?
May 20, 2013
We are all busy people. Our days are filled with working, errands, kids, computers, and TVs. These are common ways we make up our days. Years ago our dog’s lives were very different. People would let their dogs run free in the neighborhoods, allowing them to visit and play with other dog friends, sniff the land, sleep in the shade, and basically do as they please. In the evenings, they would meet the kids at the bus stop, play with them outside, and then curl up in the house with the family, completely exhausted from a long busy day. Times have changed. It is no longer acceptable to let your dog run loose, mainly from a safety standpoint. This is a good thing, but it has changed the lives of our dogs and not in a completely good way. Most families now consist of a two income family where everyone is gone during the day, leaving the dog home alone for at least eight hours at a time. Most of that time, our dog is asleep, basically waiting, all day for us to come home. When everyone finally does come home, we are so busy with everything that happens in our daily lives, homework, dinner, laundry, cleaning, and so on. Often, the dog gets loved plenty but never gets the chance to be a dog for that day. As dog owners, we’ve made a commitment to that dog to make sure they have the best life possible. Why get a dog if you cannot at least do that?
There are great options now available to alleviate that boredom during the day. The best options are either finding a good doggy daycare that gives them the chance to play with other dogs all day, or hiring a dog walker to make sure they get outside and have a chance for a nice long walk. These options can help during the day while you’re gone, but there is still work for you to do. A walk around the block is not nearly enough for most dogs, and time with you is important. A dog needs to run as fast as he can, explore, play, make friends, dig in the ground, sniff the grass, roll in the dirt, get muddy and stinky, swim in the lake, chase a few rabbits, pee on a tree, bark at the wind, learn new tricks, chew on a bone, and cuddle with you on the couch. These are the things that make our dogs happy and fulfilled. Dogs give us so much; we owe it to them to give them the chance to be a dog, at least once, everyday. So, even though it’s easy to get caught up in the hectic lives we lead, make sure to make at least part of everyday just about you and your dog and do the things a dog likes to do.