We have around 9 million dogs as a part of our family, living in our homes, in the UK.
A recent survey has shown that approximately 2.3 million dogs are left alone all day or in excess of 6 hours, whilst owners are at work. Here at While You’re Away, our pet sitters follow the Veterinary Association guidelines, never to leave the dogs, in their care for more than 4 hours. This is written into our Code of Practise and religiously adhered to.
Please remember that these wonderful companions have evolved, over thousands of years, to live and work with us. Until the late 19th /early 20th, century most dogs worked for us, hunting or herding all day long, they had a job to do. These days, they have become unemployed and it is up to us to compensate, by giving them an outlet for all that energy.
Some breeds suffer more than others, when left alone for long periods, those with instinctive working skills, Collies, Spaniels and Retrievers, for example.
Do research the breeds and try to choose a pet to match your lifestyle. For those of us who do work, a long energetic walk before leaving in the morning, will help to keep your pet calm, as will leaving the radio on and providing stimulating toys for them.
Best of all, if it is affordable, consider a “Dog Walker”, once a day, to break the loneliness and boredom. A one hour visit, will cost around £10.00 and will make all the difference to your dog’s life and to yours too!