A Glimpse into the Ordeals of Home Alone Dogs
Boredom, stress and loneliness are the things that seeps into our buddies when you click and lock that door leaving them all alone in the house. It is a cue to them that whenever the door shuts, a member of their pack leaves. We are his pack and team, thus leaving is not something they don’t really want. And to keep them occupied while they are all alone in the house, they sometimes do destructive things that make us panic and freak out once we get home. And since chewing is somewhat an addiction to them, they tend to chew on everything and anything. But for many of us, this passion and fetish if it furthers and resulted to destruction and disorganization inside the house, make us panic and freak out. Training a dog to minimize and correct its chewing passion can be done with some patience and tactics thinking. Here are a few tips on how to keep your buddies occupied while they are home alone inside the house and avoid their destructive behavior:
- Tired after Exercise. Morning walks, exercise or play will make him lazy and retire on his own space. It would be very practical if you could bring along your dog in your morning running exercise, run or jog. You got to exercise while your dog gets to exercise too and he got to rest once you get home. Avoiding and distracting him from his fetish of chewing and gnawing destructively.
- Sleep like a Couch Potato. Dogs are certified couch potatoes if they tend to sleep all throughout the day while you are out. Their lack of movements and exercise will make them grow unnecessary fat and flabs.
- Chew Chew Exercise. Aside from being an inherent dog trait, a dog often gnaw and chew on things not only bones. Because chewing is a form of exercise especially in the dog’s jaw, mouth and teeth. And if he has nothing to chew to get him exercised, chewing on other alternative things compelled him to do so. And in order to avoid this, alternative chewing toys and playthings must kept him busy inside a lonely house.
- Puzzles and toys. When going out is impossible, a few indoor and mental exercise will help him wear out and forget about chewing. Some of these mental exercises can be in the form of food puzzle toys where they will have to do efforts to retrieve something out of it like a Kong toy, a puzzle that works to be shaken to extract out its content. A bone like treat which was long lasting and will not break into splinters or sharp pieces. A ball or a strong toy they can wag on, nibble and paw unto and keep them busy all throughout.
- Petting and talking. They enjoy every bit of your touch your caress and every time you talk on them. Making and assuring them feel loved and cared for.
- Your presence talking and playing with them will still be the best of all his playthings and allotting a certain time with them will help and ease about their loneliness. You are still the cure and treatment for his loneliness, the way our buddies also treat our stress and loneliness.
Remember that, our dog buddies are our constant companion and that the moment we let them into our homes made them think they are home with their pack, their team, their own family. Thus they deserve all the attention like our little kids and children.
Posted on September 11, 2014, in Dog, Training and tagged adoption, anxiety, boredom, chewing, destructive behavior, exercise, home alone dog, loneliness, petting, stress. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.