Achieve a Work-Pet Balance!

For many of us that dream of having a pet, a dog will be the first animal that springs to mind.  We envisage brisk early morning walks and long strolls in the evenings and weekends; however, both you and your pet’s limits may soon be reached if you are not realistic regarding the time you have to dedicate.

Pet experts from Maxi Zoo stress that we should think long and hard about the type of companion we choose, with a spokesperson advising “once you have bought a pet they will be come a member of your family for many years.  Think about the kind of care your desired animal requires, if it is suited to being alone for longer periods of time, if at all, and be willing to consider an alternative pet that might be better suited to your lifestyle.”  Maxi Zoo has provided some basic information about the type of companionship different animals need.

Dogs don’t like to be separated from the pack, especially for several hours.  Even if a dog doesn’t howl or chew shoes to pieces during their owner’s absence, he or she can still suffer.  Canines need exercise and to have something active to do for at least an hour over the course of the day.  If you want a dog but work long hours, you need to be able to offer your pet an alternative.  For example, a relative or neighbour could look after them in your absence, or you could hire a dog sitter or doggy day care to play with your pet.  The ideal solution would be to have your dog accompany you to your office if it’s allowed, or alternatively to work from home and only leave for short periods of time. Always make sure your dog has a variety of toys to choose from where ever he is, to ensure his mind is being stimulated and entertained.

If you require any further information on what type of best would best suit your lifestyle, visit the pet experts at your local Maxi Zoo store.