Is there anything worse than seeing your dog’s big eyes staring at you as you open the door and leave for work? Although some dogs have serious issues with separation anxiety that need to be addressed by your veterinarian, nearly every dog gets bored when home alone. So, your dog could benefit from having something to keep him entertained. Fortunately, there are lots of options for helping your dog keep boredom at bay when he is home alone, like these ideas mentioned here.
Nothing will keep a dog engaged like trying to figure out how to get a treat. Treat puzzle or treat challenge toys let you hide a treat inside the toy that your dog has to work to figure out how to release. These challenges run from the basic, like a stuffed Kong, to more complex, multistep games. Keep a few in the house and cycle them, so your dog doesn’t get too used to the solving the challenge.
If you’ve ever wished you could talk to your dog while you’re stuck in the office, modern pet communication devices are for you. With a video-communication device, two-way video and audio allows you and your dog to see each and hear each other. Some devices even allow you to dispense treats to your dog remotely. If you wonder if your dog is sitting on the furniture while you’re at work, you can also check in on that—and tell him to get down.
Although a walk before work doesn’t entertain your dog while you’re gone, it does make him feel tired. If you take a long, energetic walk or have an active play session before leaving for the day, napping may be all the entertainment that your dog needs.
If you’re worried about your dog’s separation anxiety or any other symptoms he may have, visit Horizon Animal Hospital to talk to one of our vets today. Make an appointment with a veterinarian in Scottsdale by calling (480) 800-4559.