Daria Staverska by Daria Staverska

Am I a Bad Pet Owner If I Leave My Dog Alone?

“Is it ok to leave my dog alone?” This is a question all dog owners are concerned about, and most of them would agree that leaving your pet at home is probably the hardest part of being a proud dog parent. Dogs are social animals, which means that they need a company of their ‘pack’ most of the time. Our furry babies would be happy to accompany us wherever we go, but work, school and many other important commitments in our lives don’t let us spend all day with our pets.

Does that mean that you shouldn’t get a dog if you work or study? Certainly not! There are several ways to make sure your four-legged friend is not suffering from loneliness and boredom while you are busy.

1. Take your dog with you

Unlike cats, most dogs would prefer being besides their owner in any unusual situation rather than stay at home alone. You might consider talking with your boss about the opportunity to take your dog to work every day or at least start with “Take your pet to work Friday” initiative. If you are committed enough to your dog ownership, you may even think about switching jobs to work for a company with a pet-friendly office, if this is something possible in your field.

2. Get a pet sitter

If taking your pooch with you is not an option, you may find someone to take care of him or her during your work day.

  • Good recommendation is a must. Ask about the pet sitter’s experience with other dogs and get some references.
  • You may also need to check forums or websites like yelp.com to gather all the comments about the certain pet sitting service.
  • It is strongly recommended that you choose a pet sitter who has commercial liability insurance, is bonded, and can provide a written service contract.
  • Ask the candidates about the training courses that they completed.
  • Some dogs like meeting new people, some not. You will need to arrange a meet amd greet session and spend some time together with your pup and the pet sitter to make sure they get along.
  • Make sure that your pet sitter is properly instructed about your dog’s food and walking habits, social adjustment, health conditions etc. Don’t forget to provide them with your veterinarian’s phone number in case of any emergency.

3. Get an interactive pet camera.

Get a pet WiFi camera to see what’s your pet doing. For example, Petcube Camera will allow you to watch, talk to, and even play with your pet using a built-in laser pointer, so she or he never gets bored and lonely.

Petcube: Interactive Wi-Fi Pet Camera

The Petcube Camera is the leading Wi-Fi camera that allows you to watch, talk to and play with their pets from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Feel secure knowing that you can check-in on your pets anytime.

  • Watch, talk to and play laser games with your pets through the free Petcube mobile app anytime, anywhere
  • See your pets in clear 720p HD live stream, and enjoy 2-way audio with built-in speaker and microphone
  • Share pics and videos of your furry friends taken from the Petcube Camera
  • iOS and Android compatible