Do you have problems leaving your pets home alone? Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety? Most people have two income families and kids that are gone to school or work, leaving the pet home alone. That is usually a pleasure for Mr. Tom Cat but can be quite disturbing for some of our dogs. What can we do, as we can’t be home with them 24 hours a day? We may feel bad leaving them alone and miss them terribly yet someone has got to make the donuts!
We live in a very busy world, not only going to work but school, shopping, visiting, out to dinner, to the movies and other places where the dog(s) are not allowed. Most dogs have very little to do when we are gone, unless they are the napping type (like mine). Some dogs can suffer from boredom, stress or separation anxiety.
Dogs with these types of issues will find a way to let you know how very unhappy they are through some destructive behavior. You may come home to find your furniture, rugs, favorite shoes or pillows all chewed up, may vomit, urinate or defecate in the house. Some dogs may eat everything in sight while others will eat nothing and become anorexic. Your dog may decide to groom him/her self out of boredom until they are raw. Other dogs may express themselves verbally by howling, whining and barking (which will be a problem if neighbors are nearby.
I would speak with your veterinarian if your dog seriously suffers from a disorder in your absence and expresses it through destruction and relieving itself in the house. There may be something your doctor can do for your dog or have specific suggestions for your dog’s particular situation.
Our dogs are small and are in crates with their comfy beds and blankets, a little water and their favorite toy. As I stated, ours sleep when we are gone. Other things you can do is confine your dog to a particular room with a baby gate with their comfortable bed and a few toys plus a bowl of water. Try leaving puzzle toys that contain a treat inside. These usually take the dog several hours to get at the treat, keeping him/her busy and very tired when done. Have several of these puzzle toys at home but only give one a day and alternate them throughout the week to keep it less boring.
If you have friends nearby, someone can come in and take the dog outside for a while to break the monotony and give him/her a chance to get relief. If you have the money, try a puppy day care. They are wonderful and your dog will be exhausted when returning home. If you have the time, a short walk or small game of ball may be all your dog needs before you leave in the morning.
I hope some of these tips can help to keep your dog and well behaved while you are going as he/she looks forward to your safe return. It will be a happier reunion with the unconditional love you will get when you return for the day.
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