5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Entertained
You've seen the "What my dog does when I leave" video showing what one pet master's dog does every morning after he leaves for work. You suspect your dog goes through a similar routine while you're away: Waiting by the door for you to reappear; peering out windows for a simple glimpse of you; napping in the middle of your bed. It makes you feel sad all over, doesn't it? Have no fear, we've provided a few tips to help you prevent your dog from getting bored at home while you're away.
- DogTV. If you are a DirecTV subscriber, you're already receiving DogTV, the first network devoted entirely to dogs. It is self-described as "dog - friendly programing scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when left alone." The programs are geared to be mentally and physically stimulating, as well as relaxing, and change every half-hour.
- Doggy Day Care. This magical solution is for younger pups with lots of energy to burn. They get to romp and play with other dogs and work off that powerful energy before you come to pick them up after work. Check for a kennel near you that offers this added service.
- Exercise before you leave. Try getting in a walk with your dog before you leave for work. This helps your pet work off some built-up energy that won't be used to play search and destroy while you're away. If a twenty-minute walk before leaving for work is too long, try whittling the time in half: 10 minutes in the morning before work then 10 minutes in the evening after work. (20 minutes is the suggested exercise time for average dogs).
- Toys. What dog doesn't like a bone to gnaw on and chew? A well-made leather bone left where your dog can find it will give him the opportunity to work off that chewing urge. Consider stuffing a Kong with moist dog food mixed with treats and frozen overnight. Your dog will spend hours chewing the Kong and enjoying the treat as it thaws. Also check with your local pet store for other interactive toys such as Tug-a-Jug, Busy Bucket, and braided cloth rope bones.
- Take your dog to work. Ok, first, this has to be cleared with management but perhaps enough pet lovers can come together with management to start an "at work" pet care center to which all pet owners can bring their dogs while they work. Lucky you if you work from home where keeping your dog company is an awesome estate.
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