Best Dogs for Freelancers
Freelancing can be overwhelmingly stressful and lonely. Tapping away on the keyboard, and finishing task after task is draining. Many freelancers rely on pets in battling the loneliness they feel at home and for some, pets are their source of life balance and purpose.
Managing unending tasks could pose a challenge during your first months of freelancing. So, we suggest you grab a companion in your home office to help you cope with work-related stress.
If you’re a first-time dog owner, don’t worry. Here are some of the best dog choices for freelancers and how to care for them.
We humans are dog-crazy! It’s a joy and privilege to own a dog. Dogs provide valuable companionship for frazzled and lonely freelancers. They also help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Simple things like petting a dog, can increase stress-reducing hormones and make you happier throughout the day.
Dog Breeds for Freelancers
Siberian Husky Siberian Huskies have an ideal blend of strength and endurance because they came from the sled dog breed. They also do better in temperate climates. If you think you’re too glued to your computer indoors, and want to be more active outdoors, then Siberian Husky is the best pick! Go on long runs and hikes with them, and have a more active lifestyle!
Golden Retriever This dog's friendly attitude makes it a great pet to help you balance your life out while working from home. Golden Retrievers are people pleasers. They are also smart and easy to train.
ChihuahuaChihuahua is the smallest breed on the list. It is also low maintenance making it a top favorite for freelancers.
Pug Pugs are calm dogs. If your freelance work requires many video calls with clients, get a pug. Pugs have a quiet nature, they will not embarrass you during meetings.
Do you love daily routines and schedules? Dogs are creatures of habit. Establishing a daily routine will help your pup feel more secure and happy. If you love biking, you learn how to bike with your dog. You could also establish daily walks to the park as part of your routine.
However, dogs on a strict schedule will never understand your rotating schedule as a freelancer. You’ll have to plan your entire life around your dog, and that’s the last thing we want to happen. Have you decided to get a dog as a pet? Consider your work schedule first.
There are special breeds of dogs- the groom-weekly kind, high-energy, and give-me-a-job-to-do kind, and they share one thing in common: they are high-maintenance. If you have a tight freelancing schedule, then we don’t suggest having these kinds of dogs.
- Australian Shepherd
- Border Collie
- Siberian Husky
Instead, here’s a list:
- Doberman Pinscher
- Bull Mastiff
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Italian Greyhound
If you don’t have time to groom your dog, look for pet shops and grooming services near you, and have them do the job. Hate to smell your pet's strong musky odor while working? Then send your dog to the grooming shop at least once a month or bathe them regularly.
Personally training your dog will help you establish a good bond with your pet. But if you’re a freelancer who has a busy schedule, you can hire a professional dog trainer, instead. An average professional trainer costs $30 to $50 per class.
Shop, Adopt, or Rescue?
Whether to shop or to adopt a pet is a controversial topic. Whether to shop or to adopt would depend on your preference. Shopping for a pet will not make you less of a person. You just have your reasons why you want to shop instead of adopting.
Besides, adopting can be tricky because it requires so much paperwork! Pet adoption also means proof of good credit and homeownership, sit-down interviews, and home visits by the pet agency.
Adopting a pet will be less expensive compared to buying a pet. Pets under the care of animal shelters are often microchipped, neutered, spayed, or vaccinated. It will save you a lot of money. You will no longer pay for the procedure, and it's a guarantee that you’ll bring home a healthy pet.
Rescuing only works for dog and cat pets (not unless you want to save a dying tarantula or a snake in the forest). If your freelance job isn't that demanding and requires less rendered hours per week, then join an animal rescue team. It will be fun and worthwhile!
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