29 May Don’t let work be ruff: 5 ways to keep dogs happy while you’re at work
Dogs love being around their best pals, so it can be distressing when you head off to work and can lead to separation anxiety and destructive behaviour. Let’s explore some ways to keep anxious dogs happy while you’re at work.
Take them for an extra-long walk before you go
One of the best ways to keep your dog happy while you’re away is to make sure they’re tired out before you leave. Take them for a long walk or play a game of fetch in the backyard to tire them out. This way, they’ll be more likely to catch some z’s while you’re gone rather than waiting by the window.
Create a comfortable and safe environment
Make sure your dog has a comfy bed in a quiet corner of the house and all their favourite toys, so they’re all set to keep themselves happy and entertained while you’re away.
Dogs are extra sensitive to noise and can be on high alert while you’re gone. Calming music or white noise can help soothe nerves and create a more relaxing environment. Check out Spotify playlists designed to help calm anxious dogs.
Use calming treats or supplements
Try calming treats and supplements with natural ingredients like chamomile, valerian root or CBD that may help your dog relax. Check with your vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet or giving any supplements.
Train your dog to be alone
If your dog is particularly anxious when left alone, it may be helpful to train them to be without you gradually. Start by leaving them alone for short periods and increase the duration of your absence by increments over time. You could even consider using treat-dispensing dog cameras to reward them when they remain calm and relaxed while you’re away.
Don’t make a big deal of leaving or returning
Making a big fuss over leaving or returning can reinforce your dog’s anxiety. Try to remain calm and composed and avoid giving them too much attention when you come back home – yep, that’s hard when all they want to do is to cover you in licks!
Keeping anxious dogs happy while you’re away takes a bit of effort and planning, but it’s well worth it in the end. By creating a relaxed environment and supporting your pet with training, you can help reduce their anxiety levels and create a calm and happy experience for your furry friend whether you are at home or elsewhere.
Interested in exploring natural therapies to help keep your pet calm and relaxed? Speak with a vet for free.