Maybe your pooch is totally fine when you leave home. Or maybe you have that pup that goes through the blinds, tears everything up, and cries consistently. Fletcher is somewhere in between those two extremes. He’s pretty accustomed to staying home alone. But with that being said, he is very socialized and properly exercised as well. Leaving your dog at home takes time to adjust to. You slowly learn what should be picked up and what can be left out. Here are some tips for leaving your dog at home, and making your life a little bit easier! #1 Make sure your dog is properly exercised. A lot of times destruction happens because of built up energy. Whether you take your pup to exercise in the morning or after work, make time for this! #2 Leave some type of noise on for your pooch. It makes them feel as if someone is home with them. Do not leave a radio or television blaring, just leave the noise at a minimum so the dog can hear it. #3 Do not leave a dog with bad separation anxiety in a crate. This can cause the dog to panic and sometimes they can injure themselves. #4 Leave your pooch with a tasty tidbit. We love KONGS and they keep Fletcher busy for days. I put a treat in a KONG last week and he still has not gotten it out. It’s a great distraction and fills up time! #5 Last but not least, do not make hello and goodbye a huge deal with a pup that suffers from separation anxiety. This can heighten the separation anxiety and make it worse. Instead wait 10 minutes or so before giving your pup a ton of attention. Then the newness of you being home is gone, and they do not associate all the commotion with you going and coming.
Leaving your pup can be hard, but there are ways to make it stress free for you and your pup. If your pup just CANNOT stay at home; remember there is always doggy daycare or a dog walker! Both are great options. Don’t forget to head on over to our website and check out all the new products! We will be doing a contest soon, and I hope you all will participate. Happy Monday friends!