The Secret to Working and Pet-Parenting Full Time

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The experts at Rover share how to care for your pupper and still make the big bucks.

So you want to get a dog, but you're concerned about how much work they take. You already have one job; can you take on the work of being a full-time dog parent, too?

In a perfect world, flexible schedules and pet-friendly work places would allow us to be with our dogs most of the day. But in real life, being a working dog owner often means leaving your dog at home while you work the 9-5.

Don't worry: you can have it all. In this field guide for working dog owners, we'll cover how to care for a dog and keep your day job.

Make home comfortable & fun.

You may have to leave your dog home while you go to work, but that doesn't mean they have to be lonely. Start by preparing a dog-safe zone filled with comforts and distractions to keep your dog busy while you're out of the house.

First, choose a secure area of your home, whether it's a spare bedroom, laundry room, or a sectioned-off part of the kitchen. Then, deck it out with some or all of the following:

Prepping a secure space for your dog will keep them comfortable and safe while you're gone.

Fit in a morning workout.

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A tired dog is a happy dog, and exercise is good for you, too! If you'll be sitting at a desk all day and your dog will be snoozing at home, make the most of the morning by fitting in a quick workout.

Here are a few ideas for dog & person exercise you can do in 30 minutes or less.

  • Take a brisk walk or jog (note: puppies under 18 months old and senior dogs should not run)
  • Play tug or fetch; for an extra boost, you can do jumping jacks while your dog retrieves the ball!
  • Take a training walk (brain exercise + physical exercise all in one)
  • Go for a swim
  • Kick around a soccer ball

See the rest of the tips on how to care for your dog while you work full time on Rover.