We know that when you go to work you think about your dog all alone at home, and you wonder what he is doing or if he is bored — or, the scariest thought, what he’s chewing up!
There are a few simple ways to keep the dog entertained while you’re at work, all of which can ease your mind and allow your pet to have a more enriching and enjoyable time when he is alone.
Here are 5 of them:
1. Run Off That Energy!
The common underlying cause of why dogs have destructive behavior problems is that they have not expended the amount of energy they have each day. The more your dog is using his energy in acceptable ways such as through exercise and training, the less chance he is going to become destructive when you are gone.
Animal Behavior College’s curriculum states that “every dog’s exercise needs will be different,” adding that one 20-minute walk daily is probably enough for most breeds except working dogs, who may require two 20-minute walks. The college adds, “Many owners who take their dogs for a long, brisk walk first thing in the morning notice a significant decrease in their dog’s destructive habits.”
2. KONG Is King
4. Busy Bucket
5. Doggie Popsicle
To follow the trend of homemade entertainment for your pet, you can create a doggie popsicle. Pour some chicken broth into a Tupperware container and toss in some pet treats. You can drop a couple dollops of peanut butter into the broth too. You can also put in a few baby carrots or your dog’s favorite treat.
Once you have created what looks like a porridge of canine happiness, put it in the freezer overnight. Before you leave the next morning, run some warm water over the Tupperware to loosen up the popsicle and pop it out.
Giving this to your dog is a fun way to keep him hydrated and is best given outside on a warm day. It is particularly good to give your dog this treat if he has any degree of separation anxiety. Frequently offering your dog something like this when you leave will help him create a positive association with your departure.
As with all toys and treats, you should monitor your dog before leaving him for an extended period of time with any of the above mentioned delights.
It is important to watch your dog at first when he is interacting with any toys and treats to ensure safety.
Also, make sure that you use the appropriate size and strength KONG and Tug-A-Jug to prevent other complications.
Most people are concerned about their pets when they leave home, but with a little bit of care and effort you can easily keep your dog entertained and happy while you’re at work.
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