Leaving Your Dog Home Alone

Do you leave your canine pal home by himself while you go to work? Although dogs can’t stay home by themselves as long as cats can, many pooches spend the day housesitting while their owners go off to work. Read on as a Sugar Land, TX vet offers tips on making Fido’s alone time more fun.

Walks

Before you leave for work, take Fido for a vigorous walk, and then spend a few minutes playing with him. This will burn off your pet’s excess energy, hopefully leaving him a bit tired and ready for a nap. The day will go by much more quickly for your pup if he spends most of the morning snoozing!

Toys & Stimulation

Dogs are very curious and intelligent, and need mental stimulation to stay happy. If Fido is bored, he may very well turn to mischief-making to amuse himself. Offer your furry pal lots of fun toys to play with. Puzzle toys are great, as they can keep dogs occupied for hours! Remember to rotate your pet’s toy box out regularly, to keep things fun and fresh. A good window view can also help keep your dog entertained.

Petproofing

Make sure your home is safe for Fido by removing or securing anything that could be dangerous. This includes toxic plants; plastic bags and wires; ropes and cords; household, automotive, and lawn/garden products; chemicals; medicine; and anything small or sharp.

Doggy Comforts

Always keep Fido’s comfort and safety in mind. For instance, if you will be out after dark, leave a light on for your canine buddy, so he isn’t stuck by himself in a dark house. It’s also important to keep your climate control running, so your pooch doesn’t get too hot or cold. Finally, we recommend leaving a radio or TV on. The sound of music and voices will offer your pet some stimulation, and keep him from feeling lonely.

Separation Anxiety

Dogs are pack animals by nature, and can feel lonely or stressed when left by themselves. This is known as separation anxiety. Pooches with separation anxiety often turn to bad behaviors, such as chewing or digging, to express their angst. If you know or suspect that Fido has separation anxiety, ask your vet or a professional dog behaviorist for advice.

Please call us, your local Sugar Land, TX pet hospital, anytime. We are here to help!