Five Ways To Have A Dog Without Actually Owning One

Not everyone who loves dogs is in a position to have a canine companion in their home. There are many reasons for this including a job that frequently takes them away from home for days at a time, a family member who is allergic, a rental situation that doesn’t allow dogs, or just not being able to come up with the money it takes for veterinary care, high quality food, toys and all the rest.

So what’s a dog lover to do?

Here are five ways dog lovers can spend time with dogs without actually becoming an owner:

One – Possibly the best way to spend time with dogs and number one on our list here at the WoofPost is to volunteer with a dog rescue organization. These organizations are always looking for people to help walk, sit with and play with the dogs in their care. As just one example of the many exemplary rescue organizations around the country, check out Royal Animal Refuge south of Atlanta, Georgia.

Two – Volunteer to look after family members or friends dogs while they are away. Your family and friends will be delighted to not have to send their dog to a boarding kennel and you can get in some valuable doggy time.

Three – Find an older neighbor who has a dog that you can walk. Sometimes as people get older, they are just not able to get out and walk their dogs like they used to. As a trusted neighbor, your offering to walk their dog would likely be a welcome surprise.

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Four – Go to area dog shows. Simply Google “dog shows in YOUR CITY” for links to events in your area.

Five – Consider a career working with dogs, such as becoming a groomer, working in a pet store such as PetSmart, that carries dog supplies owners to bring their dogs into the store, or learning how to train dogs. is a comprehensive site for information dog owners can rely on, and includes tips on health, exercise, fun facts, breed profiles and much more. has a free active Facebook Group of dog parents which any dog owner is welcome to join at  The WoofPost’s official hashtag is #woofpost

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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