What do our pets get up to when we’re not around? Do you end up dealing with a destructive dog or a panicky puppy? Leaving our dogs at home on their own is not something any pet parent enjoys but life happens and inevitably, we will have to leave them alone at some point. Whilst the amount of time you can leave a dog depends greatly on their age, their exercise level and how long you’ve left them in the past – to make the separation less painful, here are some clever ways you can turn ‘alone’ time in a positive thing:
Yes, it really exists! Keep this channel on for your pooch while you’re out of the house and they can enjoy specially designed programmes, scientifically developed just for dogs. It’s aimed directly at their vision and hearing levels and should help soothe any anxiety they may experience whilst on their own.
#2 Self-Fetching Toys
Technology does not just advance for humans; our pets can appreciate the joys of advancement too. iFetch is the latest in dog toy tech and means they can entertain themselves for hours with their favorite game and get some bonus exercise too! Just remember to give them some human-dog fetch time too sometimes.
This cool camera enables you to interact with your buddy while you’re not there. Talk to them, play with them or just confuse the heck out of them with the 2-way audio stream from a built-in speaker and microphone. The camera even comes with a laser pointer so you can keep your pooch or feline entertained remotely.
#4 Open the Blinds
Let your dog look out of a window or a door. They’ll be much happier if they can see what’s going on outside. If your dog is a small breed then push a chair up next to the window with a cushion on the sill so your little chap can settle down and watch the world go by.
#5 Peanut Butter
All-natural peanut butter works a treat in a hollow toy. Place a small amount inside a hollow chew toy and your dog won’t stop until every last molecule has been removed. To make this activity even more time-consuming and challenging, after putting in the peanut butter, freeze the toy. There are a huge variety of dog toys with treat holes in them to keep them entertained until your return.
#6 Get Another Pet
Think long and hard about this decision but rescuing or adopting another furry friend can benefit both animals. It could be a win-win situation for everyone – you have less to worry about, you save a dog from a shelter and your pooch gets a new companion. Take your time with your choice and maybe think about fostering a dog first to see how they get along before adopting.
#7 Find a Trusty Dog Walker
If you know you’re going to spending long hours at work then consider hiring a dog walker. An experienced dog-loving professional will collect your dog and take them out for exercise on a regularly scheduled basis. This is the perfect solution to keep your dog entertained, exercised and getting some human interaction. Some dog walkers take multiple dogs out so it’s a good place for some canine socializing as well!
#8 Get a Dog Fountain
Staying well hydrated is crucial for your pet and especially when you’re not around to keep topping up the water. A dog fountain is a clever way of attracting their interest and making sure they drink plenty. Most dogs love water and the sound of a fountain is both relaxing and fun for a pooch. It could be the perfect distraction for them while you’re away. Be sure to put it somewhere you don’t mind the floor getting a little damp!
#9 Hide and Seek
An easy way to keep your pet busy is by hiding treats around the house. Small pieces of kibble hidden in safe spots will have your dog hunting for ages seeking out the tasty treat. Make sure you don’t hide them in anything you don’t want damaged or make them too difficult to reach, which will just frustrate your pet.
#10 Make a Huge Ice Toy
Totally homemade and won’t cost a dime, this giant ice treat will be irresistible to your dog. Put some of your dog’s treats into an ice cream container, fill with water and freeze. Whilst freezing, move the treats around a little so they are not stuck together. A great game and distraction while ensuring your dog stays hydrated and gets a treat for all their hard work.