Many people’s lives would not be complete without their pets. That does not change whether they live in the city, suburb or the country. Many people are purely dog people or cat people. Some have a mixture of pets. With some careful doggie planning like dog daycare, it is possible to have a good life on Long Island with your canine best friend.
Here are some uniquely helpful tips so that you can live in the city with your dogs.
Make sure that your dog gets exercise. Though apartment living does not allow you a yard for your dog to run in, you can easily take your dog for several walks a day. This allows him to get enough exercise while exploring all that the city offers.
Consider hiring a dog walker if you are unable to walk them at the proper times. Dog walkers can help your dog get enough exercise, especially if you work long hours or have a long commute. Many dogs need a break to go outside in the afternoon. Many owners are unable to do this, so they hire dog walkers to spend some time with their dogs. This can help them get even more exercise.
Find a good dog daycare for them. Dog daycare is great if you work many long hours and are unable to get home to care for your dog. Your dog will have access to walks and attention from other humans. Many dog daycare facilities allow dogs to socialize with other dogs. It can be fun for your dog!
Find a dog park that allows your dog the freedom to play outside. You should try to find a park that allows your dog to be off leash for even more activity. A dog park is great fun for both dogs and their owners. Everyone can enjoy the socialization and time running (and playing) off of a leash. Some dog parks even have pools for the dogs to enjoy!
Make sure you figure out a schedule and stick to it. Dogs like routine. They enjoy knowing when they are going to be fed, walked outside, and have play time. This also helps you get them on a bathroom schedule. If they eat at certain times, they will probably want to use the bathroom at certain times also. They will also learn that there are quiet times and play times.
Find a reliable veterinarian. Routine care is very important for the health of your dog. Also, if you have an emergency, it is nice if a veterinarian already knows your dog’s history and any problems that he might have had before. If you have never had a dog before, you should ask another dog owner to find a veterinarian that they trust.
Take your dog to obedience class. Dogs on Long Island have to get used to a lot of strange noises. You do not need them barking every time they hear a noise. Also, they need to walk quietly on a leash because if not, going outside to go to the bathroom is going to be very hard. Obedience classes are also good for puppy socialization. You need your dog to get along with other dogs and people too!
Having a dog who lives with you on Long Island can be challenging but worth it! Make sure you get your dog on a regular schedule, and he gets plenty of exercise. Be sure to hire a dog walker if you need one or take him to a dog daycare if your work hours dictate it. Both are good opportunities for your dogs. Also, find time to take him to the park so that he can have socialization and off leash fun. It will be fun for you also! No matter where you live, you need to find a veterinarian that you trust for any problems that you may encounter. Be sure to contact us if your loyal companion needs dog daycare while you are working.