Everyone knows that DOGTV is a great tool you can use, so your dog will be less stressed and lonely when he’s home alone for many hours. But, are there other tricks and tips you can use for when your dog is alone?
Today’s gust writer is Matt Barnett, an avid dog enthusiast and blogger. He’s a proud owner of 3 dogs, and when he’s not working on Dog Dojo, you can see him exploring the country with his dogs.
Leaving your dog home alone is almost unavoidable. It may not be a big deal for us, but for a dog, that’s another story. Leaving for 5 minutes leads to an over exaggerated welcoming, as if we’ve been gone for ages and abandoned them forever. Needless to say, most dog lovers secretly love the welcome home party, but what do dogs do in this time while we’re away?
Some dogs that need more stimulation may suffer from boredom or separation anxiety, which doesn’t end well for anyone. Messes ensue, and next thing you know your favorite couch pillow is all over the living room floor. Fortunately, these kind of problems are avoidable, even if you have a busy schedule. Here are some tips to follow if you have to leave your dog home alone for extended periods.
Exercise is essential for a healthy life, not just for your dog but for you as well. Dogs need at least an hour per day of exercise and socialisation, and doing it before you have to depart may be the best timing. Taking your dog on a quick run or walk is a great way to help them get unwanted energy out before leaving them indoors. It allows them to take a potty break, and get some fresh air, as well.
If you’re use to taking your dog out when you’re home, considering changing up your routine to taking them out in the morning, and a play time in the afternoon. Getting exercise in the morning is full of positive benefits for you and helps your dog stay at a healthy weight.
Remember that physical exercise isn’t the only exercise dogs need. Mentally stimulating your dog before you leave the house will drastically cut down on any problems that may arise. Teaching your dog simple tricks, such as high five, is a great place to start and it only takes 10 to 15 extra minutes.
Dogs seek companionship by nature. They are a pack animal. Leaving a dog alone for extended periods of time can lead to separation anxiety or loneliness, so adding some company within the house is important. This could take the form of many things. Consider getting another dog to keep your current furry friend company. If this isn’t feasible, there are other options.
Studies show that leaving the TV on for your dog has a calming affect for them, and helps keep them under control. The TV is always changing noises and pictures, which is an added advantage to keeping it on for them. A silent house leads to more barking and boredom, so leaving the TV (and especially DOGTV, that was designed specifically for dogs) helps.
Doggie Day Care or Dog Walking
If you’re gone on a daily basis, doggie daycare or dog walking is something you should consider. Doggie day care has many benefits, including exercise, socialisation with other dogs, grooming, and play. It also gives you a clear mind that your dog is enjoying the day getting plenty of interaction, and not at home bored or causing a mess.
If doggie daycare is out of the budget, dog walking is a little cheap but still a great option. Allowing your dog to get out for a break, even for 30 minutes during the day, will allow your dog to get some fresh air and relieve themselves if necessary. Finding a good dog walker is pretty easy, as many people are eager to work with dogs.
It’s your role as a dog owner to be responsible and practice good ownership. If you’re consider adopting a dog, consider how long they will have to spend indoors during the day and if that is fair to them.