You know that friend that has not been able to spend time with you in a while and you are starting to feel really sad about? Your dog gets that way too. There comes a point where even just a minute of your attention would make him feel better. It is hard to find time to spend with your pet when you are so busy working, running the kids places, helping with homework, making dinner, and still trying to get the kids to bed on time. Life happens, but our pets do not understand that. They will become sad and even depressed when they are not getting the attention that they desire. Have you recently obtained a new pet? Did you recently have a baby? Life is just getting too overwhelming? Your dog can sense this, and they also know that as a result, they are getting pushed to the back burner. Here are some things that you can do to keep your dog happy.

Can you make 2 minutes to spare for your dog? You are watching TV on the ONE night you have had to relax in a while and you are petting them carelessly because you are exhausted and just want to have that time to yourself. Well, just think that this may be the only time you get with them for a while. Try to pay attention to him while you are doing this, make sure you are petting him in a loving way, and even talk to him. It will make your pet feel so much better that you were able to give them some affection. A little affection can go a long way.
Do you have some extra time this morning because you woke up at the moment your alarm clock went off? Hide your dog’s favorite snack for him that is somewhat easy to find. Give him the praises that he deserves as he works hard to find his treat. This will make your dog feel like 100 bucks, not only did you spend some time with him, he got a treat, which will remind him how much you love him.

If you can find ten minutes to spare, give your dog a massage. I know, it sounds odd, but he will love it! Start out by petting him as you normally would, then start scratching him in specific places (under the chin, the nose, behind his ears). Not in the mood to sit and give him a massage? Take him outside and play fetch for ten minutes. Not only is this fun for both of you, it is getting him some exercise. There are many things you could do with him for ten minutes a day to show your affection. Take a nice ten minute walk down the road, do tricks with rewards, or play tug-o-war with a rope!

A lot of times we treat our pets as an item that we have there when it is convenient for us, we forget that they are living, breathing creatures with feelings just like us. Your dog has feelings and wants to be shown affection just as much as you do. John Ciribassi, DVM, past president of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior states “Dogs will become withdrawn. They become inactive. Their eating and sleeping habits often change. They don’t participate in the things they once enjoyed” ( These are just a few of the symptoms that you may find when your dog is not receiving the adequate attention that they want. For only a few minutes a day, you can keep your dog happy and feeling loved!