No matter how big your backyard is, at the end of the day it’s a space enclosed by four walls. Separation anxiety can lead to barking or whining, a habit that will not impress your neighbours. Boredom can mean destructive behavior (think chewing or digging!).
So here are a few things to consider when leaving your dog home alone:
Walk or exercise your dog before you leave the house.
Don’t make a big deal of leaving, exit calmly without fuss. Do the same when you return home.
Leave toys and treats to keep your dog occupied. Treats frozen in a dog dish, peanut butter in a Kong & kibble scattered around are all fun games to keep your dog busy. Don’t forget to also leave your dog with some favourite toys!
Ideally you’ll want to come home midway through the day to spend time with your dog and provide some exercise relief. For many owners, this is not a realistic option. That’s where you will benefit from hiring a dog walker. Having a dog walker visit will give your dog a much needed break from a long period of loneliness. The physical & mental exercise will assist in leaving a happy, calm & tired dog.