We know that when you’re at work or out running errands you’re thinking about your dog. You wonder if they are safe. You worry about whether they are bored and you assume they are lonely. What’s a pet parent to do? You can’t always stay at home. You certainly can’t take your dog with you everywhere you go (remember, NEVER leave a dog in a car)!
What’s a pet parent to do? We have some suggestions and have come up with five ways to “fix” your dog’s home-alone loneliness and relieve some of his separation anxiety.
Tired him. Every pet parent knows that a tired dog is a happy dog and may be less destructive, right? If you know that you are going to travel, and your beloved fur baby will go home alone, please get up early or plan a day’s life so that you can take him to the backyard for a long and exciting run or a fun game. If the weather is bad, you can find a way to play some fun games at home. This activity has multiple purposes.
You’re tiring your pup out
You’re having a great bonding time with him
When your dog is tired, he may sleep all day long, not so lonely, or suffer too much from separation anxiety.
Entertain her. You can’t be there to play fetch or scratch her belly, but you can make certain she is not in an empty, silent house. Turn on DOGTV. Whether your dog lies on the couch and watches with rapt attention or if she is in her crate and benefits from her occasional glimpses at the programs, she is being entertained and kept company.
Remember, dogs don’t binge-watch television the way humans do. Nor do they need to watch all of the programmings to benefit. The background sound is soothing and will accompany your dog when you are unable to arrive.
Food toys. Dogs need to be both mentally and physically stimulated. Food puzzle toys and dog snuffle mats are ideal ways to do this while you’re not at home. Fill the puzzle toy with treats or kibble and let your dog play with it and be rewarded every time he “solves” the puzzle and receives a treat.
When you’re leaving your dog home with a toy or treat, it’s best to only use that treat when you’re away. If he has the toy every day, it won’t seem “special” and he may become bored with it and not be motivated to play with it while he’s home alone.
Line up a dog or babysitter. Your dog may need to interact with people and may need to exercise throughout the day. In this case, please hire a pet nanny or dog cart. You can search for dogs or pet sitters in your area on Google, or you may have a friend or family member who wants to accompany your puppies. If you are bringing a walk dog or pet caretaker into your house, please make sure to meet before opening the door key. You need to assure yourself that the walking dog is perfect for you and your dog. Learn more about how to find the best dog for your family.
Mike Linville, Founder of PetSitter365 says, “When choosing a dog walker or pet sitter – don’t assume all sitters are created equal. Ask for referrals from family, friends, or your local vet. Ask for references, do a ‘meet and greet.” Above all – listen to your gut. If it doesn’t feel like a great fit – find someone who is. Your pets deserve it.”
Use sedatives. If your dog is prone to high anxiety and stress, you can use the above method, but you can also use some sedatives. Ask your veterinarian if your dog is anxious or nervous, or if you need medication to treat anxiety. If she is not in a hurry to get medical intervention, she can use a pet sedative pheromones spray or collar. Chewable sedatives can also benefit your dog. These are the 10 best sedatives on the pet market!
Your dog will appreciate the care you’re taking to alleviate his fears and anxiety while he’s home alone. He may not know what you’re doing, but he will know that he will be alright until you are back home with him, rubbing his belly, kissing his nose, and spending quality time with him.