There will always be a time when you need to leave our dog home alone. Yes, it's sad. But the good thing is, you can prepare your fur buddy to enjoy his little alone-time at home!
Here's what you should do.
Preparing Your Dog to be Home Alone
1. Separate Early and Often
Hard though it may be, it’s wise to leave your furry bundle of joy alone from the get-go so he doesn’t become dependent on your company. Start with a few minutes and gradually increase the time you’re out of sight.
2. Keep a Special Bag of Dog Toys
Keep a special bag of dog toys that you take out only when you plan to be away. This way your dog will associate you leaving with something fun and positive!
From: Perfect Fit
3. Stay Calm
The ten minutes before and after a separation should be serene and matter-of-fact. It is tough to hold off the exuberant hugs and attention when greeting your loving dog after time apart, but hold off until he is fully settled down and then reward him with plenty of loving attention and playtime.
4. Provide Regular Activity for Your Dog
Dogs are very social animals and, consequently, really don’t like being alone. They also aren’t self-motivated to get exercise by themselves. (Sounds like some people I know!) This means that you need to spend time on physical activity and social interaction with your pet when you are home.
Additionally, you should spend a bit of quality time with them—talking to them, petting or brushing them, and generally showing interest in them. You will be rewarded handsomely for doing so, and a happy dog is a good dog.
From: Central California SPCA
5. Maintain a Routine
Consistent times for meals, play, and walks throughout the day have a calming effect on dogs. Maintaining a schedule also makes it much easier for a friend or dog-sitter to be tasked with the routine.
Following these steps, you can be sure that your fur buddy is happy while you are away.
We prepared a go-to guide to make sure that your dog is home alone, happy! Feel free to re-pin and enjoy! 🙂