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 food-filled toy like a kong
will keep your pup occupied while you ease out the door.RELATED STORY: Is Your Dog Suffering From Separation Anxiety
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 stuffed animals
, chew toys
, 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 assortment of toys
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!