09 Mar Top 4 ways to keep your dog occupied while you’re at work
In a perfect world, we’d never have to leave the side of our poochy pals.
However, for most of us, to fill up Fido’s bowl, we’re forced to head to work.
When left to their own devices, dogs can become lonely, bored, and sometimes even destructive to your furniture, belongings or even themselves.
So, how can you keep your pet occupied while you’re dealing with the demands of modern life? Here’s the top tips from one of the longest-running Brisbane pet resorts:
#1 Set your dog up with a food puzzle
Bored puppies will always find a way to keep themselves busy. Unfortunately, it an often come at the cost of your most-loved possessions.
Food puzzles are a great way to tackle behavioural problems and keep your dog busy. On top of this, they can also be a means of exercising your dog. Busy life means that your pooch may not be receiving the recommended physical activity per day. A food puzzle is a low-effort way to sharpen your dog’s mind, improve their behaviour while you’re away and work out some of that extra energy.
To check out these interactive toys from PETstock that will keep your dog busy for hours.
#2 Help your dog to relax by creating a safe, secure space for them
Dog trainer, Nicole Ellis, emphasises the importance of carefully managing your dog’s space while they are alone. This means ensuring the space minimises opportunities for them to misbehave.
She recommends creating a special dog zone for your pet with some of their favourite items and treats.
If your dog isn’t crate trained, she advises using a baby gate to secure a small, safe section of the house just for your pup.
#3 Remove triggers
Keep your pup comfortable by removing things that may spark fear or agitation in them. Closing the blinds can help to reduce barking triggers and popping the radio or a fan on when you leave can cover up noises that may cause distress in your dog.
#4 Use the buddy system
If you have a neighbour in the same position as you, why not share playdate responsibilities with them? If your dog is stimulated with a buddy, they are far less likely to seek entertainment by ruining your soft furnishings or chewing away on your favourite shoes. So long as both dogs have been socialised well as puppies, spending time with each other will have a positive impact on their mood, physical and mental health.
Don’t forget, your dog requires activity to keep them happy. It isn’t ever advised to leave your dog home alone for long periods of time, but we also recognise that you can’t stay home from work every day to keep your furry buddy company.
We recommend that when you are home, you care for your dog by feeding them a healthy diet, taking them for lots of walks and giving them plenty of pats.
Take good care of your best friend and watch the supermassive impact it has on their mood.
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For any queries about our Brisbane pet resort, give us a call on (07) 3390 1132.