Owning a dog is a long-term commitment and in today’s society many of us simply cannot make that kind of sacrifice. Here are 5 ways to enjoy having a dog without buying one.

The Overnight Dog

Take yourself to your local pet shop, many of them foster out their young ones either overnight or for the weekend. Often you will need to put down a deposit or pay full price for the dog until it is returned. The pet shop will provide you with food, a pet carrier and other necessities for your
As soon as you get home you will start experiencing the trials and tribulations of dog ownership first hand. And you’ll know soon enough if you want the loan to be temporary or more permanent.

Dog Walking

Take a trip to your local pound or animal welfare organisation where all of the abandoned dogs are waiting for some attention or a walk from someone just like you! There’s often a range of dogs to choose from, the legendary strollers to the marathon runners. Personal trainers can be very pricey, but a dog can give you a quality work out for free.

Fostering a Dog

Step it up a notch by saving a pound dog from death row. This is when you take care of a dog until such a time comes that a permanent home for the dog is found. A dog will need to stay in foster care from anywhere between two weeks and 2 months but all vet bills are covered.

Dog Sitting

If you’ve looked after your friends or neighbours dogs while they have been on holidays, you may be perfect for taking on the role of professional dog sitting. This means you get paid for it! Dog owners will provide all food, bedding and necessities. There are many services throughout Australia that connect you with people looking for a dog minder, which gives you the opportunity to choose what sort of dog will be suitable for you and your home. You can also get the opportunity to meet the dog before you commit to full time minding just to ensure there are no personality clashes

Sponsor a Super Puppy

Dog’s that are in training to assist people with disabilities are the ultimate pet to have when you do not own a pet. As a sponsor you enjoy being part of the puppy training program, you can also choose to not see the dog at all if you decide.

Your support will contribute towards the puppies’ food, collar & lead and training equipment, L-plate training jacket, veterinary care and worm and flea treatments and vaccinations, and two years of basic and advanced training. For just $20 per month your support will contribute towards the  puppies’ food, collar & lead and training equipment, L-plate training jacket, veterinary care and worm and flea treatments and vaccinations, and two years of basic and advanced training. Every three months you will receive a paw written update the puppy gang you are sponsoring. Sponsor here.

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