Can I get a dog if I work hard? Is it possible to somehow convince my parent to get a dog? Can I take care of a dog?
If you are asking yourself such questions, you are probably desperate for a dog, but you know, that you can’t or shouldn’t get one.
Why can’t I have a dog?
There are many of us, that desperately want a dog but for many reasons can not. Some of the reasons that many people don’t get a dog include:
- Allergies to dogs
- Work long hours and am never home
- Love to travel and spend too much time away
- Don’t have a yard
- I do not want to keep my dog in aviary
- Rental house doesn’t allow dogs
- I have difficulties to wake up early
- I have some disease, which does not allow me to take look after dog
- Can’t afford a dog right now
- I can not convince my parents to get a dog
Owning a dog is a big responsibility. So, before you will get one into your family, there exists a several ways how to try with yourself, if you can make it.
Sometimes we need to look at different breeds of dogs that suit different situations. We may also need to look at our work life balance or our lifestyle.
How to enjoy a dog even if you can’t have one?
Regardless of your situation and living arrangement. There are few ways that you can spend more time with a dog even if you can’t have a dog of your own to enjoy full time.
1. Walk the neighbor’s dog
Many people with dogs would jump at the chance for you to walk or play with their dog. The daily walk sometimes gets monotonous, especially once kids, jobs and other commitments come along. Talk to your friends and neighbors and offer your dog walking and playing services.
In my walks, I have often met a young lady named Ema with a beautiful retriever. After a chat with her I have figured out, that the dog belongs to old lady in her neighborhood, which does not have a power to take her out. So Ema did. The win-win situation for all!
2. Dog sitting
Talk to friends and neighbours that have dogs and offer your services. Have their dogs come to stay with you and see what it is like to have a dog of your own. Plus, you can get some decent money.
3. House sitting
If you can’t have a dog come to you, then go to the dog. Register for a house-sitting service and request houses that include dog sitting. You will get a short break from home and get to spend some quality time with someone else’s dog. My friend even use to have a full-time job to look after lovely Jack-Russel while his owner was at work.
That´s what I call dream job!
4. Visit a shelter
Voluntary dog walking is a great thing to do. And it is not hard at all! Dogs at shelters can always use an extra hug and a long walk until their find a forever home. Call your local dog rescue or shelter and ask about opportunities to look after the dogs or volunteer on any other related activity.
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5. Part time job at a doggy day care
Doggy day care facilities are becoming enormously popular as we get busier and busier. If you can’t have a dog of your own, consider getting a job like this. You will get a chance to spend time with someone else’s dog.
Dogs can add so much to our lives and really are fantastic company. If you are desperate for a dog but can’t have one right now, try one of these ways to spend more time with them.
It is also a fantastic way to teach your children, who are desperate for a dog, what does it mean to have one. Because the great responsibility and care will bring you superb benefits and endless love.