I just admitted on my pet blog that I have neglected my dog.
I am an avid animal lover and constantly promoting causes to make changes to help animals, so how can this be?
It’s an important topic and I wanted to share here as well.
We’ve been so busy with school classes, field trips, work schedules, doctor appointments, etc, etc, that we haven’t been paying much attention to our pets.
They are always fed and have their basic needs met, but we were not taking the time to play or show them that they are loved.
The cats are pretty independent and will demand attention, but Max, our dog, does not speak up, it turns out. He became more and more forgotten about as our days grew busier.
I knew we needed to walk him more, but one day he did not bother to come downstairs and greet us when we came home and I knew he was depressed.
Read the full story here and how we handled the problem:
Does Your Dog Get Enough Attention When You’re Busy with Work or School?
No matter how busy you are, if you have decided to be a pet owner, care for your pet the same way you would your own child.
They need playtime, exercise, and as much love and affection as you need.
Make a plan to get your dog out of the house, even if that means amending your schedule to go places your dog is allowed, such as a park or hike your pet is allowed at.
Get your kids involved. They can feed at groom from an early age as well as toss toys and run with your dog. They can help to keep you accountable for daily walks and dog outings.
Get creative and get the whole family involved.
Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad says
Great reminder, sometimes we're so caught up in our lives that our poor pets have to stand by the wayside. Of course, my Tukker has his own way of getting attention. It's called the death stare!