Am I doing enough for my dog?
July 1, 2011 2:09 PM Subscribe
How can I ensure my puppy's quality of life while we're both trapped at home?
posted by peripathetic to Pets & Animals (18 answers total)
A month ago, my partner and I--both first time dog owners--welcomed a 3 month old French bulldog puppy into our lives.
As I'm not currently working, I stay home with the puppy. I prepare her meals, watch her, walk her, and take her out to potty every few hours (we live in an apartment). The puppy, however, frequently seems bored at home. We have a number of rubber chew toys that she'll pay attention to, if only for a few minutes before she wanders off in search of something new to gnaw on (which I try to discourage through distraction). She'll be in a playful mood a couple of times a day, but I can only tickle her tummy and toss toys for her to retrieve for so long. Sometimes, she doesn't even seem interested when I try to engage her in play either.
We try to take her out with us whenever possible to get her used to new sights and sounds, but is all this enough for her? We're crate training her, so we'd like to have her stimulated during the day and tired out by the time it's bedtime. I'd take her to puppy socials and such, and we'll check out dog parks once the vet gives us the green light, but right now, my partner and I only have one car between the two of us, which he uses to get to work.
Perhaps I'm anthropomorphizing her, but could I do more to make her life at home better or more interesting? I want to raise a healthy, happy, well-socialized dog with strong bonds to her humans. Please advise!