Starting a business can be more exciting — and fun — when you undertake it with one of your best friends. No, we’re not talking about a co-founding friendship in the same vein as Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. We’re talking about your new dog. Having your new pet at your side while you assume this journey can forge an irreparable bond. Years later, you will always connect these two notable events.
To make both of these parallel ventures a success, seek out all the advice you can find. If you are welcoming a new dog, check out the many useful tips on The Dog Affect to help you both ease into this new and stimulating transition.
Exercise patience — and remember to exercise!
Getting a new dog settled in while you’re starting your business can be distracting. Approach these distractions as welcome diversions versus annoying interferences. You’ll enjoy the process more, without projecting annoyance and unease onto your new pup. This is particularly true if you have recently moved into a new home or if you are commuting to an office each day without your new dog. Most domesticated animals crave structure and get anxious when their routine is upset. You will have just removed your pet from an environment that they have likely become accustomed to, even if it was less than ideal, like a shelter.
It will help you both settle in more quickly and let you get down to the business of your business if you establish a routine and stick to it as much as possible. Try not to leave for an out-of-home office for several hours without your pet right after bringing them home. Dogs, in particular, can suffer from extreme separation anxiety and you may find evidence of destruction at home. If you have to commute to an office, set them up with their own bed and other necessities near your workspace that will soon become a comforting space for them.
A dog will also need exercise. The amount will vary according to breed, health, and age. In fact, if you are still in the process of deciding on a pet and, in particular, a dog, be sure to consider your lifestyle and the nature of the breed, as well as your living environment. If you like to go for a daily three-mile run, select a dog that would welcome that type of workout. If your idea of exercise is a 15-minute walk, don’t select a breed whose instinct compels them to dig their way out of your yard just to get in a few running sets or chase after neighborhood cats. Whatever you choose, exercise breaks will be good for you both, providing bonding and structure.
Speaking of structure: It’s important for your new business, as well. Don’t risk your business venture by not protecting your personal assets, which could adversely affect your ability to care for your new pet. Structuring your business as a limited liability company will give your assets liability protection and tax advantages. You’ll also encounter less paperwork, compared to other types of corporate structures. States have varying regulations on LLC formation. You can check them out yourself or hire an attorney to do the busy work for you. Another option that saves you both time and money is to use a formation service that serves your state. With this groundwork in place, you will be in a more secure position to take care of your business and your other responsibilities.
Take advantage of technology.
You can find an app for every type of pet to help you find socialization opportunities, track their health, and schedule and track veterinary visits. Some apps also put a list of toxic plants and foods at your fingertips for ready access. It is easy to lose information in a business startup environment, so make use of any tips and tricks you can to save time and keep your pet safe and happy without ignoring your business.
Also, don’t forget to microchip your pet. Regardless of how vigilant and responsible you are, pets can get lost during natural disasters or even stolen. Dogs may even get anxious if you hire a pet sitter. A microchip offers you some peace of mind and improves the odds of you getting reunited should you get separated, as long as you keep the information up to date.
Your business partner
Transitioning to a new pet while starting a business is challenging — but having a pet as your business “co-founder” can also improve your mood and help you keep your priorities in a healthy balance.
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Jessica Brody writes for Our Best Friends
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