How Much Attention Do Dogs Need?

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How great does it feel when you come home and are greeted by your dog with pure joy? You can be sure they feel as happy as you do! Your dog needs attention to be happy.  

How much attention do they need? The average answer is that they need about one to two hours of attention per day. However, not every dog has the same personality.

Factors That Affect Your Dogs Need of Attention

Various factors determine the exact amount of attention your dog needs like:

Age

Your pet’s age will affect the amount of attention your dog needs. Dogs, especially within the first year, require a lot of attention. Taking care of puppies can be compared to taking care of a human baby.

Puppies have way more energy than older dogs and will seek ways to burn off that energy. So it’s essential to dedicate time to play with them, train them, and supervise them. During this first year is when you can stop any bad habits they might be developing.

Older dogs, in most cases, can be left alone for long periods with no problem. They don’t have as much energy as puppies and will be happy taking naps all day.

Breed

Depending on your dog’s breed, you will need to give them more attention. The reason is that some require more exercise, others are more difficult to train, and some are more playful than others.

Some require more exercise because of what they were bred to do, for example:

  • Beagles. This breed was initially used, and still is, as scenthounds for tracking small game like rabbits.
  • German Shepherds. This breed was used for herding, making them active and useful for search and rescue with the police.
  • Golden Retrievers. This breed has been used by hunters to retrieve their game, making them good trackers and natural athletes.

Background

Something else to keep in mind in regards to the attention you give your dog is their background. When you get a puppy, you have control of giving them a good upbringing. 

Unfortunately, some dogs are abused, mistreated, and abandoned. Dogs will develop behavioral issues and other conditions, for example, separation anxiety. If this is the case, then your dog might require more than the average attention.

Pets That Don't Need a Lot of Attention

It’s always better to dedicate more than the average amount of attention to “man’s best friend.” But if you are looking for pets that don’t need a lot of attention, you can look for dog breeds that require less.

They require less attention because they are easier to train, need less exercise, and tolerate being alone. Examples of these include:

  • Chow Chow. This breed is very independent.
  • Pyrenean Mastiffs. This breed is kind, gentle, and has a calm temper.

If you are looking for pets that are even more low-maintenance, then you can search for:

  • Fish
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Turtles

Let us Give Your Dog Attention

Already own a dog? Pet Ponderosa can help you take care of your dog when you don’t have the time. Try our doggy daycare, pet walking services, or take advantage of our pet boarding services when you have to go on a trip.

Contact us today! We would love to meet your pet.

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