This year, as our lives were all affected in different ways due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of our workdays began to look different as well. While offices transitioned to have their employees work from home, living room Zoom meetings and kitchen conference calls became our new normal. Being home all day comes with its ups and downs. Our dogs seem to love having access to us 24/7, but with their pawrents working just as much, if not longer hours than usual, it can be difficult to find the time to meet their needs so they are not bouncing off the walls while we are trying to get some work done.
According to the MSPCA, animal adoptions have been up 20% this year when compared to last year’s numbers. With a record number of people adding furry members to their family because they found themselves with extra time, or the need for comfort from an animal during these hard times, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about why, even if you are home all day with your dog, hiring a dog walker is still a fantastic option!
Benefits for the Pup
Socialization is the most important aspect when it comes to puppyhood. Essentially this means exposing them to a wide variety of environments and the sights, sounds, and smells that go along with those environments in a way that the puppy finds to be positive and not scary. By creating positive associations with strangers, dogs, loud sounds, etc. puppies can grow up to be confident dogs. Hiring a dog walker who uses positive reinforcement is a great way to facilitate this socialization process for pawrents who are very busy working from home and finding it hard to find time to dig into the socialization process.
For more info on socialization and puppies check out the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior at:
Walking dogs is good for their physical as well as mental health. Allowing them to sniff and explore their world is a stress reliever and actually lowers their blood pressure! Getting this energy out and providing an outlet for natural doggy behaviors will make for healthier dogs who are more fit, but also more inclined to come home content and ready to relax.
Benefits for the Pawrents
Take some pressure off of yourself by allowing someone else to check this chore off the list for you. It also allows for your pet to fall into a nice predictable routine and you will be able to hopefully take your time to enjoy your lunch break.
With your dog satisfied mentally and physically from their walk, they will have less behavior problems while inside the house and they will be more inclined to come home ready to chill out and nap and you will not have to have one eye on the dog and another on your work all day.
We hope you enjoyed reading and learned something new! If you are looking for a helping hand to walk your dog, we are licensed, bonded, and insured here at DGGT House and Pets and would love to be a part of your dog’s day!
Angela lives on the Northshore, with her goldendoodle – Daisy. She loves studying everything dog related, from trick training to canine enrichment!