Leaving our dogs at home can be a heart-breaking event. The sad eyes, the guilt-ridden anxiety we go through, and the panicked whining from our depressed dogs is sometimes too much. Believe it or not, there are ways we can prevent the horrific gut wrenching remorse we feel. Let me explain.
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Our dogs have active minds. That’s why when we leave it’s kind of like their entertainment goes straight out the door. Here are many ways to keep that pups brain focused and happy.
- Hide treats
Play a game of hide and treat. Keep your dogs senses alert by hiding their favorite treats around the house. This tactic was introduced by Andrea Horowitz’s, in her book, Inside of a Dog. She says to hide 5-6 treats around the house in small spots that might challenge your dog. For example, tucked in a cushion, under a pillow, in their beds or behind an open door. Your dog will be challenged and entertained for the whole day, or for at least a couple hours.
- Get a Kong
Kongs are those little toys that are made of rubber, with a hole in them. You know what I’m talking about. Kongs are made for the active dog and the problem-solving seeker. Grab some peanut butter and fill the kong with its buttery sweetness. It will please any furry friend or wild pooch.
- Turn on music
Music isn’t always the greatest way to keep a dog interested but it’s a great way to keep them relaxed. Certain music has been proven to ease canine anxieties. Some shelters have even turned music on to calm shelter pups. Test out musical genres with your pup and find the right one, then turn on the jams. You’ll find a happy dog and a joyful house.
- Give your dog a scenic view
Everyone knows how much dogs enjoy windows. Whether it’s a car window or sunroof, they like to know what’s going on. The word “watch dog” was created for a reason. Dogs like to watch the world go by. Make sure your dog has a window in the house they have access too. They’ll appreciate the added entertainment. They will be able to see the delivery guy, the pesky squirrel in the tree and the cars passing by. They’ll love it.
- Give your dog exercise in the morning
Get in the habit of a daily morning walk with your dog. Exercise is one of the greatest ways to ease dog anxiety and over active behavior. His pent up energy will be released through exercise and everyone will be better off for it. You get the added exercise and they get an instant mood booster.
- Get your dog another dog
Dogs are pack animals. Many dogs need leaders to feel safe, just like many humans. Before you run off and get another pup, make sure your dog is comfortable with another dog. Take them to a dog park, bring a friends dog around and have some fun, if your dog seems unhappy and nervous, it might be best to skip an only child in the house, your dog.