How To Make Your Dog A Part Of Your Busy Schedule

  • 11/08/2020

If you're working with a busy life — including a wild family, a busy job or other activities that might occupy your time, you may be at a loss for how to get your furry friend more involved in your family's day to day. Whether you have a brand new addition to the family or you want to give your long time pet a little bit of extra love, there are plenty of ways to devote the attention they need so you can spend more time with them, and they feel loved in your life.

Even when your life is busy and a bit overwhelmed, you can still take your pup along for the journey. Just like you want them around, they want to stick by your side. While not every dog will take to every single activity, you can find what works for the both of you to create an inclusive routine. Whether you have a big dog or a tiny little pup, you can find ideas for everyone to enjoy.

1. Work Out Together

Including your dog in your workout is a great way to ensure that both of you get the exercise you need. If you're a fan of running and walking, this can be made simple enough. Include your dog on your daily runs, or simply elongate your walks that you already take with them when they go out. Make your walks more about the journey than the mission, and it could lead to some fun quality time.

If you're not a runner, or if you already prioritize your walks together, you can always try out puppy yoga and let down dog take on a whole new meaning, or let your pup hang around while you do any number of home workout routines. So long as you're spending time together, it's effort well placed.

2. Get the Family Involved

If you're concerned that your pup may get a bit lonely, remember that you don't have to go at it alone. Of course, your family probably wants to spend time with your furry friend, but becoming a bit more intentional about the division of tasks can help your dog get the social interaction they need, and help everyone feel a sense of the shared responsibility.

Divide up your dog's walks throughout the day, and maybe let the kids take charge a bit more than usual. Kids love to feel a sense of accomplishment and contribution, and when that comes with spending time with a beloved pet, you know they'll be all over it. That way, your dog can fit into your whole family's schedule, not just your personal life.

3. Plan Their Days

If you tend to have a to-do list or calendar you use to plan your own days, this could be a helpful tool in ensuring that your pup gets the attention and affection you always intend on showering them with. You can devise tasks to your family by using your kids' planners or leaving notes, and you can use your own to-do list to ensure that your days flow with your dog in mind.

Making a point to include your dog on a certain number of items within your to-do list can ensure that not only are you making time for your furry pal, but you're making it an intentional habit that's more likely to last and flow into your daily routines.

4. Utilize Downtime

It can be tempting to just flop down and be left alone at the end of a particularly long day, but what could be better than snuggling up with your adorable little companion? Taking some of your downtime to be a bit more intentional with your pup can be a great way to get some well need attention and affection to all parties involved. Whether your dog is a comically big breed pretending to be a lap dog or a tiny little guy who happens to be light as a feather, utilizing your downtime to rest with your dog can bring in some amazing bonding opportunities.

If your dog isn't exactly the cuddling type, simply relaxing in the same space with them can often do the trick. Knowing your dog is asleep by your side while you read a book or watch your favorite show is comforting for all parties involved. 

5. Go More Pet Friendly Places

One of the best ways to spend more time with your dog even within your busy life is to make an effort to go more pet friendly places. If you like to go out to eat with friends, try dining outside and finding dog friendly establishments. If you love nature trails, bring your dog along. There are so many shops and establishments that are dog friendly, so you can even bring your pal along on some of your errands. Hunt around for dog friendly places and plan accordingly.

Even when your life is busy, you can still make time for the friends you love, including those who happen to be four legged and furry. While it may take a bit of extra planning, you'll find that the time you spend with your dog is priceless.

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