How do you know if your dog is lonely?
Dogs are highly social pack animals who thrive on companionship; they love hanging out with their family members (people or other pets in your home). Most of us 9-to-5ers feel guilty leaving Fido home alone all day, and for good reason! Pets do get lonely and bored, so keep an eye out for these behaviors.
- Excessive barking or howling
- Destructive behavior
- Separation anxiety
- Inside accidents
- Low energy or appetite levels
If your dog is alone all day take steps to keep them happy, even if you’re not met with any of the above behaviors. It’s easier to nip this problem in the bud before it gets serious. So what can you do?
Make sure your dog has an enriching environment. Supply some puzzle-type toys to keep them busy. Try a Kong toy with food and peanut butter frozen in it. Dogs and cats are very visual so keep the shades open so they can look outside and watch the world go by. Put on music or the TV. Consider getting them a friend, another dog or cat to hang out with. Better yet, schedule a mid-day walk with us; it will break up your pet’s day; we’ll make sure they have some fun and some treats.
On your days off or in the evening be sure to schedule a hike in the woods with your buddy, a play time, or an energetic game of fetch. Remember your pet wants to spend time with you, so take them out and get them doggone tired.
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