Tips and techniques for entertaining your lonely house dog
For almost everyone, having nothing to do day in and day out will get old. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that some dogs and cats would act in ways we would prefer they not if left to their own devices, day in and day out. Some pets will seemlessly bark or meow, while others will urinate or defecate in unsuitable places, shred, scratch, or chew objects, or neurotically mutilate themselves by biting, licking, or scratching themselves too much.
If you don’t know better or have other options, you could feel compelled to give your pet up because of your intense aggravation and remorse over these detrimental habits. But this is a pointless resolution in almost all circumstances. There are ways to train your pet to do new things and to stop your dog from feeling lonely every day so that your lives may settle into a routine and you both look forward to seeing each other when the workday is over.
Even reserved cats and dogs benefit from social interactions and companionship from their family, whether they be human or not. A well-adjusted pet requires regular exercise and time spent relaxing with its owner. Just 15-20 minutes of morning exercise before you leave for the day may be enough to help your dog burn off some pent-up energy, at least until you get home from work and can take another walk.
For cats, it is comparable. Giving your cat some activity before leaving the house can be both mentally and physically stimulating. Playing a quick game with feather or laser toys can also help your cat let out some of the pent-up energy from the day.
Hire a “Friend”
You might think about hiring a nearby dog walker or pet sitter (or even a neighbour) to come in and spend some time with your pet in the middle of the day if your day is simply too busy to spend enough time playing or taking walks in the morning or if you have a pet whose energy level exceeds your allowance of time.
Doggie daycare facilities are a great alternative as well and are fortunately a developing industry. These facilities offer wholesome meal options, daily activities, and socialisation with other canines. Before enrolling your dog in a daycare programme, do your research and ask lots of questions, just as you would for a daycare for a child.
Go Ahead, Toy Around
Toys are no exception to the expanding pet market industry. The pet sector has realised the necessity for psychologically stimulating activities for animals, just as the 1980s saw the introduction of toys for newborns. The best ways to stop your pet from considering more damaging things are puzzle-type toys that dispense goodies at set intervals or in reaction to engagement. To make the game appealing enough to continue with until the objective has been accomplished, hard plastic toys with holes can be filled with a variety of food items, such as kibble (one that is different from the normal) or bits of treats that have a meat flavour.
Cats especially appreciate having areas to climb, skulk, and use their claws. Your cat can benefit from important moments of relief from a cat tower or scratching post. Finding the ideal scratching medium may require numerous tries, but it is worthwhile for both your sanity and the welfare of your cat.
Tune In So They Don’t Tune Out
In an otherwise quiet home, leaving the TV or radio on for your pet occasionally offers comfort and diversion. A lonely homebound animal can be amused by soothing music, such as classical or tranquillity music, or a specific DVD programme that is designed exclusively for domestic animals.
You might also think about getting another pet to provide the person real company. Remember that adopting another animal is a significant decision that requires thorough thought of all its implications.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
The stress of being apart from you every day may be too much for your pet to manage if they exhibit symptoms of what appears to be clinical anxiety; in that case, seeking medical help may be their only option. Although anxiety is a serious disorder, it is typically treatable and curable. If other measures, including as medication, behaviour therapy, and training, are required, your veterinarian will be able to assist you in making that decision. Finally, there are numerous ways to assist your poor, bored pal.