Katherine Schwarzenegger shares tips on fostering, owning dogs

She’s got a way with dogs! Us Weekly caught up with Katherine Schwarzeneggerat the world premiere of Superhero Dogs at the California Science Center in Los Angeles where she gushed about her beloved four-legged friend, and shared tips for those thinking about fostering or owning a canine.

“I have one love of my life right now, in the dog area, which is my little Maverick,” the Maverick and Me author, 29, told Us on Saturday, March 9. “So, he’s my one dog, but we have a family dog named Champ as well.”

As for how her passion for pups came about, Schwarzenegger explained that it goes way back to when she was little. “I’ve grown up around dogs and loved dogs my whole life,” she told Us before touching on her work with Pedigree, whom she is a brand ambassador for.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Author Katherine Schwarzenegger attends the 5th Annual Beautycon Festival Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21: Katherine Schwarzenegger attends PETA Kids Hosts Katherine Schwarzenegger book signing and reading for 'Maverick And Me' at PETA Empathy Center on October 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Author Katherine Schwarzenegger attends the 5th Annual Beautycon Festival Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 15: Katherine Schwarzenegger (R) and Christina Schwarzenegger attends the premiere of Global Road Entertainment's 'Midnight Sun' at ArcLight Hollywood on March 15, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 14: Katherine Schwarzenegger is seen on December 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Katherine Schwarzenegger visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Katherine Schwarzenegger shares tips for throwing the best Super Bowl party on January 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Author Katherine Schwarzenegger attends Lynn Hirschberg Celebrates W Magazine's It Girls with Stuart Weitzman at A.O.C on January 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for W Magazine)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Christopher Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver and Katherine Schwarzenegger attend Jeff Bezos and Matt Damon's 'Manchester By The Sea' Holiday Party on December 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)
SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 30: (L-R) Patrick Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, and Katherine Schwarzenegger attend the 10th Annual California Hall of Fame Ceremony at The California Museum on November 30, 2016 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
(L-R) Christine Schwarzenegger, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Christopher Schwarzenegger and Lauren Miller Rogen attend the Hilarity for Charity's 5th annual Variety show at the Palladium in Hollywood, on October 15, 2016. / AFP / CHRIS DELMAS (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Katherine Schwarzenegger attends Hilarity for Charity's 5th Annual Los Angeles Variety Show: Seth Rogen's Halloween at Hollywood Palladium on October 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Patrick Schwarzenegger, Christina Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Katherine Schwarzenegger and Christopher Schwarzenegger attend The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe at Sony Studios on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 04: Katherine Schwarzenegger hosts an Amazon Echo cooking class at AU FUDGE on August 4, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/WireImage)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JUNE 12: Katherine Schwarzenegger at TJMaxx for the Road To Real Tour on June 12, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 04: Katherine Schwarzenegger attends T.J.Maxx Kicks Off the 'Road to Real,' a Nationwide Tour to Share Inspiration From Women Across the Country on May 4, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for T.J. Maxx)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 29: (L-R) Katherine Schwarzenegger, Marta Palatchi and Louise Roe pose during Pronovias bridal collection during the 'Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week 2016' at Italian Pavilion of Fira Barcelona on April 29, 2016 in Barcelona. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 29: Katherine Schwarzenegger poses during Pronovias bridal collection during the 'Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week 2016' at Italian Pavilion of Fira Barcelona on April 29, 2016 in Barcelona. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20: Katherine Schwarzenegger and Amanda de Cadenet attend Glamour's Game Changers Lunch hosted by Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive & Zendaya at AU FUDGE on April 20, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Glamour)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: Author Katherine Schwarzenegger attends the renovation announcement of the Reimagined Beverly Center on March 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Katherine Schwarzenegger arrives at the 2016 InStyle And Warner Bros. 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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“It’s really exciting for me to be able to work with a brand like [that] who does such great work, continuing to spread awareness about animal rescue and dog adoption,” Schwarzenegger noted. “It’s something I’m really passionate about ever since I got Maverick and adopted him.”

However, just because Schwarzenegger is mom to just one single pooch at the moment, the California native was once a foster to seven dogs at one time — and was nice enough to share her knowledge with Us about how to manage multiple pets at once.

“Oh my gosh, I mean, I only have my dog Maverick and I get overwhelmed by how much time that takes sometimes,” she explained. “So, I think, again, just time management, making sure you do thorough research before you make the decision to get a dog because it is such a big commitment and changes your life.”

The Rock What You’ve Got author continued: “You should foster first and kind of get your toes wet. But, I mean, I go on walks with Maverick, I take him on hikes, I try to be really active with him.”

The animal activist’s work isn’t the only thing that’s giving her life joy at the moment. Schwarzenegger and fiancé Chris Pratt announced their engagement in January, and she told Us at the event that “it’s an exciting time in my life.”

Reporting by Taylor Ferber

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US actor Chris Pratt and fiance author Katherine Schwarzenegger arrive for the World premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Endgame' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Chris Pratt and US author Katherine Schwarzenegger arrive for the World premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Endgame' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Chris Pratt and US author Katherine Schwarzenegger arrive for the World premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Endgame' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt attends the World Premiere of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 'Avengers: Endgame' at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt attend the World Premiere Of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 'Avengers: Endgame' at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: Patrick Schwarzenegger, Chris Pratt, Abby Champion and Katherine Schwarzenegger are seen on March 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 06: Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel LIve' on March 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt are seen on March 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger seen on a night out leaving Soho House on January 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger seen on a night out leaving Soho House on January 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger seen on a night out leaving Soho House on January 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil M/GC Images)
Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go! 💍🙏♥️
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