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Maybe you have a demanding job that requires you to put in long
hours or perhaps one that entails a lot of traveling. What
happens to your dog, then? Not only do you agonize over his sad
puppy face, you worry about the furniture being intact when you
return home too. Subtracting the guilt that pet parents feel when
they have to leave their four legged friends alone for long,
chewed up shoes and scratched door faces are a gaping reality
they have to face. While some dogs take a nap or go about some
mischief while you’re gone, others suffer from terrible
separation anxiety that goads them into destructive behavior.
Adult house-trained dogs can be left alone for hours provided
their needs are satisfied. They wait for their owners in patience
if there is food and water accessible to them in the meanwhile
and they’ve been exercised before being left to themselves.Some
dog breeds seem to handle being alone rather well. These are
generally intelligent and find a way to entertain themselves in
their owner’s absence. Such breeds tend to be independent and
“Home Alone” Breeds
- The Bull Terrier has the instinct of a guard dog and won’t
mind being left alone at your house. Instead of feeling abandoned
in your absence, it will feel responsible for the security of the
- The Basset Hound is low on energy and loves to laze around.
It is comparatively low on anxiety when compared to other breeds
and do not show signs of mood swings. You can trust the interiors
of your home with your Basset Hound.
- Shar-Pei, originally bred to be a herding dog, guard dog and
hunting dog are quiet and reserved in nature. They can be
difficult to train but if done so properly will know to respect
your home-rules when left alone.
- Golden Retrievers that are in their adulthood and senior ages
take immensely well to being left alone. In fact, you can even
train them to enjoy their time alone by gradually introducing
alone time to them.
- Beagles, too, do not fret if their owner leaves them be for a
while. They need a certain amount of reassurance that their owner
will return to them and that is enough to keep them satisfied.
- Chow Chows are intelligent and independent dogs that perform
well as guard dogs. Their independent nature ensures that they do
not feel ill at ease if left home without their owner.
Most dogs are at a risk of separation anxiety if their owner
leaves them alone for too long. They need to be trained to be
accepting of time alone. While it is okay to leave home without
your dog, one must ensure that the dog isn’t left by himself for
more than 8 hours.
The Top 5 Dog Separation Anxiety Tips
When you leave your home to head to the office, do the
sounds of your dog’s whines, barks, and howls follow you out the
door? If your dog feels down when he has to spend the day alone,
try these tips to make it easier for you to leave, and to help
keep your dog entertained while you’re away.
Here are our top 5 dog separation anxiety tips.
1. Tire ‘Em Out
Take your dog for a long walk, a quick jog, or a game of tug of
war or fetch. A tired dog will rest and nap for much of the day,
and will have an easier time with your departure.
2. Distract When You Leave
For many dogs, being alone during the day is just fine, but that
moment when you depart can provoke anxiety. If that’s the case
for your dog, make it your mission to provide a delicious
distraction during that distressing moment. A
toy like a kong
will keep your pup occupied while you ease out the door.
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3. Hire a Dog Walker
Especially when they’re young, a full day is a long time for a
dog to spend alone. Hire a dog walker to come by in the middle of
the day. Not only will your dog get a bathroom break, but they’ll
also enjoy some social time.
4. Provide Tons of Toys
Avoid having chewed-up slippers and remote controls: Provide your
dog with plenty of
, and other doggy delights to keep them occupied while
you’re away. Get new toys occasionally so they don't get bored,
and leave an
readily available each day.
5. Give Your Dog Something to Watch
What’s your dog going to do all day long while you’re gone?
There's napping, eating, playing -- but maybe your dog needs a
few more distractions and entertainment options. Think about
leaving the television on (maybe to a nature program), having a
fish tank, or setting up a bird feeder in your backyard to
provide something interesting for your dog to watch. These dog
anxiety tips have helped us at PetPlus before and we hope they'll
help you too!