Animal Friends Blog
Leaving your dog behind while you head out for a day of work or errands can be difficult, especially when they know exactly what faces to pull to get you to feel guilty. It’s hard to know how to keep them stimulated between the puppy eyes as you leave and the exciting reunion at the end of the day.
Here are some ideas on how to keep your dog entertained while you’re out and about.
Food dispensing toy
Food dispensing toys are great for engaging those treat motivated pups and get them working for their reward. For dogs that must avoid too many treats, you can even fill these toys with a bit of their daily portion, so they don’t overindulge.
Switch up their toys
If you have lots of toys for your dog to choose from then why not regularly rotate them so your pup doesn’t get bored of playing with the same thing every day. This will keep the toys fresh and exciting which can help keep them occupied during the day.
Set up a scavenger hunt
Before leaving for the day, why not scatter small amounts of food or even some of their favourite toys around the house? This will also help your dog start to associate you leaving with a positive feeling instead of a negative one, while keeping them busy and stimulated, too!
Let them be nosy
A dog loves to watch the world go by outside, whether it is people walking by on the street in front or even the birds feeding in the garden, they are so nosy. Why not leave the curtains open or even move a chair towards the window so they can keep an eye on things?
Leave the radio on
Leaving the radio on can help a dog relax and even relieve some of the anxiety they might feel from being alone in the house. A radio can also help filter out any outside sounds and provides company in the form of songs and voices.
These are just some ideas on how to help keep your dog entertained while you’re out of the house, but every dog is so different that you’ll know what will work best for your dog.
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