Whether you already have a dog or you are going to get one, you need to remember that pets are not just for fun and companionship, but they are a responsibility. It is a life you are taking care of. And taking care of pets is not hassle free, but it can be made easier through adequate training and planning. You can plan your pet’s routine, it will not only save you time and energy, but also make your pet more disciplined. Planning will also help you identify where your pet is lacking and what you need to change in order to keep him happy. While writing your pet’s routine in your daily planner you should keep in mind the following points:
Animals love playing. Whether it’s a cat or a dog, they love having fun with their own kind, toys and as well as humans. It is an important part of their routine which is needed for character development, especially when they are young. Play will not just be limited to indoors, you will have to take them for a walk or to a park where they can enjoy physical activities. If you have family, especially children, then you may not have to worry too much about this, but if you live alone and you have a tough office routine you may have to hire someone to look after them or you may have to look for a pet daycare. Using the daily planner to write down when they like to play and what sort of games/toys they prefer would allow whosoever is taking care of them to treat your pet the way he prefers.
Every pet needs to sleep, some pets like to sleep for above 16 hours, this would not be a one time sleep during the day, but usually frequent naps. The sleep they require depends greatly on their physical activity. A cat is not going to guard your home during the night, but a dog will and they may require extra sleeping. Pets also tend to sleep more if they are bored and have nothing to do. Jotting down your pet’s ideal sleep time and duration in your daily planner can help your family members, friends or pet sitters identify the proper sleep timing & duration.
Food & Water
These are obviously basic requirements of any pet, however some may require more assistance in feeding depending on pet type and age. Pets also have different nutritional requirements and their feeding frequency also varies. Kittens and puppies require more frequent feeding than adult cats and dogs. You can write all of this down in your pet planner so that they are fed what they need and when they need it. You can also write food items which they prefer and those which should be avoided. This can come in handy if you have young children taking care of pets at home or if you have an inexperienced friend looking after them. An expert pet sitter of pet daycare may already have the experience, but it would still be better to write down your pet’s nutritional requirements so that they can help your pet better.
This could really prove to be helpful for those you appoint to take care of your pet. Trained cats would walk towards their litter box themselves. Trained dogs would have to be taken outdoors, but kittens and puppies may require more assistance. Their toilet time would also be frequent because they feed more often. If you have already written their feeding time in your daily planner, then this is the next thing to mention. You should clearly mention how long after they have been fed, they should be taken outdoors for doing their business.
Many pets like dogs and cats do not like being in a cage. In fact research proves that keeping dogs and cats in cages for long can affect not only their emotions, but also disturb their mental condition. If you have hired a pet sitter and your home already has a backyard or a front lawn, then this should not be a problem for a dog which likes hanging outdoors. Using your daily planner to right down the timing and duration of his outdoor activities will facilitate the pet sitter. For such pets, if you choose a daycare, it might be challenging for your pet if the pet daycare decides to keep them mostly indoors. Your daily planner can help them identify when it is really necessary to take your pet out for a walk. Many pets like to stay indoors when it is hot or excessively cold outside, it would be a good idea to mention these details as well so that you don’t end up with a sick pet.
Pets usually love cuddling, especially young pets. They would love to sit in your lap and let you rub them or cuddle with them. This is very important for their mental wellbeing. Just like people, they need to feel loved and cared for. Mentioning the usual timing for this in your pet planner or mentioning your pet’s behavior when he needs some loving, will help the pet sitter/pet day care do his job more effectively and you won’t have to come home to an agitated pet.
Hygiene & Medical Assistance
Maintaining good hygiene is very important for your pet to be a healthy one. Some pets require more frequent brushing and grooming than others. You can write down these details in your daily planner. It will be better if you mention what type of dog care products or cat products suit your dog/cat and which ones should be avoided. It is also important to mention if your pet has a medical condition. Write down what kind of assistance or care your pet needs and if there is any special medicine that you give on a regular basis or if it is time for a vaccine. Put it all down in clear words to avoid any confusions or problems.