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Making Your Dog's Alone Time Better

June 15, 2021

Did you know that June 25th is Take Your Dog To Work Day? Of course, this year, it seems like Leave Your Dog At Home Day may be more appropriate, as so many people are returning to the office after a year of lockdowns. If Fido has gotten really used to you being home with him, he may need some time to adjust to the new routine. A Tipp City, OH vet offers some tips on this below.

Tire The Pup Out

Make sure that Fido gets a good doggy workout in before you leave for the day. Take him for a long walk, and tire him out with a fun play session. Even a few minutes of vigorous activity can help. You want to wear your furry friend out a bit, so he’ll be ready for a nap when you leave.

Offer Stimulation

Don’t leave Fido alone in a dark, quiet house. Turn a radio or TV on for him. The noise and music will provide background noise, which will soothe him and keep him from feeling so lonely. Your pooch may also appreciate having a window with a good view.

Consider Professional Options

If Fido seems extremely anxious, consider getting some help. Enroll Fido in a doggy daycare, or enlist a dogwalker to take him out. These are also great options for pups with medical conditions.

Make Changes Gradually

Our canine companions are very much creatures of habit. Get Fido used to staying home alone a few weeks ahead of your return to the office. Work outdoors or in a different room with the door shut. Gradually increase the amount of time your pooch is by himself.

Recognize Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is very common in dogs. However, the signs of it are often taken as simple bad doggy behavior. If you come home and find that Fido has chewed your shoes, eaten your sofa, or gotten into some other sort of mischief, your canine pal may have separation anxiety. Don’t punish him: ask your vet for advice on helping your furry buddy cope.

Enjoy The Welcome Committee

One great thing about having a dog? There’s always someone who can’t wait for you to get home. Enjoy those adorable doggy greetings!

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Tipp City, OH veterinary clinic, today!

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