How to Leave Your Dog Home Alone

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.

From: Orvis

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.

From: ​Orvis​​​

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.

From: ​Orvis​​​


Following these steps, you can be sure that your fur buddy is happy while you are away. 

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6 Dogs That Can Be Left Home Alone

Ever wanted a dog but worried that they might just be left alone at home because of your hectic schedule? Well, we have found 6 great buddies for you! 

Check out these 6 dogs that can be left home alone.

1. Dachschund

Being bred to dig and hunt on badgers and other animals, these dogs are great listeners and are very smart and brave. However they can often have a too independent spirit and be stubborn. While this might cause some issues when it comes to training, it can also be a benefit when it comes to people that can’t spend a lot of their time at home.

From: ​Barking Royalty​​​

2. Bullmastiff

This large breed needs a lot less exercise than one would imagine and they love to sleep, making them ideal for families who live a hectic schedule. A few short walks a day will meet the Bullmastiff’s energy requirements.

From: ​Furbo​​​

3.  Chinese Shar Pei

The Shar Pei, one of the most unusual dog breeds, is perfect for an owner who works all day. A medium-sized dog from China, Shar Peis were the common person's hunting and fighting dog but they are not very active.

From: Pet Helpful

4. Peekapoo

Affectionate and intelligent, they enjoy being with their people but really don’t mind spending time alone, as long as they have something to amuse them. Puzzle balls or other toys that require them to use their minds to get treats are great for these little dogs.

From: ​Furbo​​​

5. Akita

Like other breeds that are good at guarding, the Akita is somewhat aloof with strangers but will accept them if its family is home. Though tolerant of your daily absence, the Akita craves your attention when you are home.

From: Furbo

6. Basenji

The Basenji equally enjoys your company and the time alone that he dedicates to exploring and figuring out new ways to amuse himself.

From:​Barking Royalty​​​

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5 Things You Need to Know as a First Time Dog Owner

Thinking of getting a dog while living in an apartment? True, having a dog is an invaluable experience but, it also requires a lot of preparation and hard work. 

Here's a guide to a happy relationship between you and your fur buddy.

1. Talk to Your Landlord

Before bringing a dog into an apartment, you need to check out the regulations. Some buildings do not allow any pets. Others have specific regulations.

From: ​wikiHow​​​

2. Start Listing the Things You Need for the Dog

Think about what you'll need before the dog comes home, immediately afterward, and within the first year, for starters. This will help you figure out how your money and time management will change when the puppy comes home.

From: ​Life Hacker​​​

3. Potty Training

Puppies will want to go out often. But how frequently should you take them out? Shannon’s motto: “When in doubt, take them out.”  

When the puppy first comes home, you’ll want to keep them confined to a space. This can be a crate or a blocked off area of the kitchen. If you’re renting, you’ll want to avoid carpet or porous areas.

From: ​Steve Brown Apartments​​​

4. Making Your Space Dog Friendly

Whether you are dealing with a new puppy, or a canine companion you have had for years, you will need to dog proof your apartment. Your first step is to make sure that the entire space is safe for your dog. Go through each room in the apartment and make sure it is ready for a dog.

From: ​wikiHow​​​

5. Keeping Your Dog Healthy and Happy

One of the drawbacks to having a dog in an apartment is that you likely can't give your dog unlimited access to a yard. Because of this, you will need to take extra steps to make sure that your pup gets enough outdoor time. This can be tricky if you work outside the home full time.

From: ​wikiHow​​​

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Helping Your Dog Adjust in an Apartment

When we transfer into a new home, we take time to adjust. Same is true with our fur buddies! How can you help them adjust to your new home? 

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Helping Your Dog Adjust in an Apartment

How should I prepare my dog before moving?

Talk to your dog before the move.  You will be surprised by how much better they handle it when they are included in the dialogue. The calmness in your voice will reassure them that all is well and that there is nothing to fear.

From: The Spruce

What can I do to help them adjust?

1.  LIMIT OUTDOOR TIME.  Try shortening outside time a little more every few days. If your dog is used to being outside for two hours total every day, try shortening the time to an hour and 45 minutes. After three to four days of that, cut the time down to an hour and a half. Continue cutting the total time until the move.

From: wikiHow

2. KEEP OLD ROUTINES. If you have to change things up because of a new job or other commitments, try to keep as much of the old routine in place as possible for at least a couple of weeks. Once your dog has settled in, additional changes will be easier to handle.

From: BARk

3. SPEND TIME ON THE FLOOR WITH YOUR DOG.  One of the things that helps dogs to feel at home someplace new is familiar smells. You can add those familiar smells to your house faster by spending time on the floor with your dog. Being on the floor together also adds to the time you spend giving him the loving that he needs during this stressful time.

From: BARk

4. MAINTAIN INDOOR PLAYTIME.  Keep up with the indoor playtime you introduced your dog to before moving. The routine will help your dog remain comfortable in its new home. It’s also a great time for the two of you to bond and the activity will give your dog additional exercise.

From: wikiHow

How long does it take for dogs to adjust to a new home?

It takes dogs at least a month to feel comfortable and to show their true personality. It can take dogs up to THREE months to become acclimated and comfortable in a new environment.

From: ​Petfinder​​​

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Potty Training a Dog in an Apartment

By ADDW / February 26, 2019

Yes, having a dog or a puppy is all exciting and fun. But as dog owners, we have one huge responsibility: Potty Training.

We answered some of your frequently asked questions regarding  potty training your pup in your apartment.

FAQs about potty training

How should I teach my dog discipline?

The foundation of training should be based on positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement is the process of giving a dog (or person!) a reward to encourage the behavior you want, like getting a pay check for going to work. The idea is not to bribe the behavior but to train it using something your dog values.  

From: ​American Kennel Club​​​

What should I expect when training my dog?

Puppy potty training when you live in an apartment building is an entirely different game since you can’t simply pick up your puppy and run out the back door into the yard. But just because you live in an apartment, doesn’t mean you can’t successfully train your puppy to ‘go’ where he’s supposed to.

From: Preventive Vet

When should my dog start "potty-training"?

An 8-week-old puppy is very young to begin the potty-training process. At this point, you are basically preventing your pet from having accidents rather than expecting him to ask to go out on his own. Over time, he will become more reliable.

From: ​The Nest​​​

How long does it take to potty train puppy?

Most puppies can be potty trained in 4 to 6 months – but “puppyhood” can last up to three years. If you have a puppy, plan on spending the next three years training your puppy for at least 20 minutes per day.

From: ​Canna-Pet​​​

Do I punish my dog for pooping in the house?

No. In the punishment techniques, the dog does not get a chance to do right, is getting confusing messages about what was done wrong, and rarely praise for doing the right thing.   

From: ​Okaw Veterinary Clinic​​​

What should I do if my dog poops inside the house?

Potty training a new dog is scarcely a perfect process. If your dog pees in the house, resist the urge to scold them or “rub their nose in it” as this will instill fear, and undermine your relationship with your dog. Plus, science shows that such punishments miss the mark anyway. Be sure to clean accidents immediately with an enzymatic cleaner to remove all traces.

From: ​Preventive Vet​​​

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How to Stop Dog Barking in Your Apartment

By ADDW / February 20, 2019

Dogs bark when they play, when they are anxious, or even when they are just bored.  And sometimes it can be frustrating especially when you're living in an apartment. Why are they barking? How do I get them to stop? 

We answered some of your questions on how to stop dog barking in your apartment.

FAQs About Dog Barking

How can I teach my dog to be calm?

Encourage calm in your dog by staying calm yourself. For example, greet your dog warmly but keep your body relaxed and your tone soft. If your dog gets too excited on a walk, calmly ask him to sit and reward the behavior, or take him out of the situation entirely.

From: ​Full Moon Pet​​​

How can I train my dog to bark at suspicious people?

Create a mock scenario. To challenge your dog's understanding of the “bark” command, keep your dog inside your home and step outside your front door. Once you are outside, ring the doorbell and give your dog the “bark” command. Reward him with a treat when he barks once at your command.

From: ​wikihow.pet​​​

How can I train him/her not to bark at guests?

Offer Treats — and Distractions. Set up a treat station by the door that is out of reach of your dog, but can easily be accessed when a guest comes over. When a guest comes in, treat your dog for sitting, and then immediately ask her to do another behavior, or simply to stay in the sit to await another treat or petting. Involve your guests and reinforce positive behavior in your dog by asking them to treat or pet your dog only when she's sitting.

From: ​Vet Street​​​

 How can I stop my dog from being aggressive?

Punishment is not a solution for aggressive dogs, and in most cases, it will make the situation worse. For instance, you should avoid yelling at your dog as they might assume that you are also being aggressive. This might give them the misconception that aggression is appropriate.

From: ​Doggie Lawn​​​


 How can I train him/her to trust other people?

Have guests approach him slowly. It is important guests slowly introduce themselves to your dog so they don't scare and startle him. As they do slowly say hello, stay close to him and verbally praise him for his calm behavior. Stay calm and upbeat around strangers.

From: Wag!

Are there certain breeds that bark more often?

Certain dog breeds have a tendency to bark more than others. In fact, some types of dogs were actually bred to be barkers.  The sound of this bark is usually sharp, loud and authoritative. Honing this instinct with training can actually help protect your home and family.

Form: ​The Spruce Pets​​​

 What should I do when my dog lunges at people?

Hold your dog on a loose leash; a tight leash can heighten reactivity. Treat your dog when he walks next to you; if he pulls on the leash or crosses in front of you, stop walking. Use a treat to lure him back to your side.

From: Vet Street​​​

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Best Way to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth

By ADDW / February 18, 2019

Brushing your dog's teeth? There are lots of questions for first time dog owners. What should I do, and what should I not do? There is a lot of conflicting information from the internet and fellow pet owners.

Here's a roundup of some common myths and questions, followed by a checklist of what to look for when brushing a dog's teeth.

FAQs about Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

How often should I brush my dog's teeth?

Working up to brushing daily is ideal. But if her mouth is healthy, even three days a week can make a difference.  Source: PetsWeb MD

Can I brush my dog's teeth with human toothpaste?

Do NOT use regular human toothpaste for your dog. Most human toothpastes include fluoride, which is extremely poisonous to dogs. Source: Cesar's Way

What can I brush my dog's teeth with?

You can mix together 1 tablespoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of chicken or beef stock or broth to add a bit of taste. The resulting paste will clean your dog’s teeth a bit; however, the commercial toothpastes do contain enzymes to fight plaque and fluoride to combat bacteria. Source: The Denver Post

Can I use Coconut Oil? Baking Soda?

Once the plaque is under control, you can maintain your dog's teeth by brushing them with coconut oil. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, when used together, are great for cleaning your dog's teeth. Source: AmazonPet MD

How can I clean dog teeth without brushing?

Consider using a natural no-brush dental product, such as an oral gel or spray. Source: Animal Wellness

How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Before You Start Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

Remember, that you are brushing the dog's teeth. Imagine if someone were to brush your teeth - how would you like them to do it?

  • A calm pup is a happy pup.
  • Start slow.
  • Pick your toothpaste.
  • Choose the right toothbrush.
  • Starting to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

    Everything is ready, time to roll up your sleeves and get down to it!

  • Begin brushing.
  • Stay positive.
  • After Brushing Your Dog's Teeth

    After care is super important to keep your dog's teeth healthy. As they say, prevention is better than a cure.

    • Stick with dry food.
    • Schedule a professional cleaning.

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