A major concern every dog owner has is, how do I leave my dog home alone? Will it affect his mental health or stress him out? Well, dogs are social animals and it does sort of stresses them out when they do not see their owners around. But there is no need to worry, with a little practice and efforts, your dog will easily get used to being home alone.
First of all, if you have a puppy, do not leave him alone for more than 2 hours, puppies do not have a strong control over their bladder and can create a mess when you are not around.
And in case of dogs, here are a few tips and tricks on how you can get them used to being home alone:
- Teach Them Alone Time
Choose an area or a room where you practice this, and let your dog be comfortable with that particular room. Provide a chewing toy to keep your dog engaged. Slowly move out of the room and see how long your dog stays. Reward them with a treat if they stay calm. Gradually increase the time limit. This will build a habit for your dog to stay alone while you are not around.
Take your dog on a morning walk before you leave him alone for the day. Walking a good distance and playing fetch can tire out your dog which will result in him sleeping soon after you get home. Once your dog is asleep, you can easily leave without any trouble.
- Hire a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker
This is an option many people choose because they do not want to leave their dogs alone. Hiring a certified pet sitter or a dog walker is a great idea. Make sure your dog socializes with them, before leaving him alone.
- Leave Engaging Toys for Your Dog
Another thing you can do to keep your dog busy while you are away is to use puzzles or food-maze toys. These toys will keep your dog engaged and will reward him with a treat whenever he plays. Interactive toys also help in mental simulation of your dog.
- Spend Time With Your Dog Once you are Back
After a long day of being alone, your dog does obviously need some time with you. To make the most of this time, you can take your dog to a nearby park and play with him, or you can even head over to a dog spa to pamper your dog a little.
Leaving your dog home alone is not an easy task, but it surely is beneficial for the both of you. Being alone lets your dog explore new things and also teaches him to have patience and not seek attention. Besides, providing food-dispensing and interactive toys that reward your dog with treats are enough for your dog to survive a couple hours without you around. But always make sure you spend quality time with your fluffy friend once you are back home.