Make the time to exercise your dog before you have to leave him/her home for any amount of time. You need to make the call on what type of exercise is good for your dog depending on his/her age and physical condition.
The result you want is for your dog to return home ready for a good drink of water, followed by a satisfied flop on his/her bed.
The best stimulation for most dogs includes a long walk, game of catch, off-the-leash running, trotting and sniffing. These all require both physical and mental effort your dog’s part, which is ideal.
If you have questions about the type of exercise that is best for your pet, consult your vet.
If you normally leave your dog’s food bowl out so he/she can graze throughout the day, you can change that habit to provide mental stimulation. Buy your dog a toy that hides treats or releases food pieces as he/she plays with it.
Some of these toys even offer different difficulty levels to challenge even the smartest canine companion. Be sure to watch your dog interact with a toy to see if it provides too little or too much of a challenge.
Don’t worry if you forget to get your dog’s toy ready before you leave. If you only have a minute, scatter your dog’s morning portion of food around the area he/she stays in. Dogs love to forage and this gives them that feeling.
If you can afford it and your dog loves to hang out with other dogs, you should look into doggy daycare.
Doggy daycare is a great way to give your dog socialization, attention, stimulation and exercise all in one location. Your dog will most likely be excited every time you pull up to his/her doggy daycare!
Your dog might not be the social type, but that doesn’t mean that he/she can’t enjoy some time out of the house while you’re away.
A dog walker is an affordable way to give your dog the exercise he/she needs, and they get to relieve themselves while out.
While a dog might be able to hold their bathroom needs all day, it’s better if they can go when they need to!
Dogs require companionship and love. Leaving your dog alone outside makes him/her feel separated from the family, and that can lead to anxiety.
Your dog is also vulnerable to bad weather, wild animals and other wandering pets.
If your dog hates when you leave, is destructive while you’re gone or refuses to eat until you’re home, these are signs that he/she has separation anxiety.
Implementing one or more of these ideas can help you and your dog feel less stressed and more loved together.
These days, most of our dogs spend their people’s workdays at home alone. Often they’re bored and lonely. Fortunately, we can help that time pass easily — without spending a lot of money.