Leaving your dog at home alone can be daunting, especially when it comes to keeping them occupied for long periods of time. If you can’t bring your pet to work, there are other ways of making it work out. Here are Omlet’s top tips for keeping dogs happy, healthy and entertained throughout the day.
4 ways to entertain your dog while you’re away
1. Join your dog for lunch at home
If you’re able to get home for lunch, that’s ideal. Your dog will look forward to your return, and that will help give structure to their day. You can play with them, let them out to relieve themself, and let them stretch and run around.
2. Employ a dog walker
Getting someone to spend time with your dog for an hour or so in the middle of the day will fill the gap, enabling your pet to get the exercise and company they need while you’re away. If the dog walker is looking after another dog too, it will give Fido the opportunity to make some new doggy friends.
There may be a friend or family member who can fulfil this role. If you can afford it, a professional dog walker can come to the rescue. Check local listings to find someone in your area.
3. Give them a window seat
Before you leave for work, ensure your pet has access to a window and let them watch the world go by. An interesting view will make the time pass by quicker, and will help keep them entertained throughout the day.
4. Leave your dog with toys to keep their mind stimulated
Many dogs will spend a long time playing with toys, especially ones that involve chewing. A toy with a hidden dog treat inside will keep your dog’s mind active. There are many dog toys available, great for your dog’s mental and physical stimulation.
The Kong, for example, has been a reliable ‘chew’ for several decades. Its simple secret is its uneven shape – when it falls, it bounces unpredictably, much to the dog’s endless amusement-excitement.
The only issue is, once they get the taste for the mid-morning chew, they may turn their attention to other things, like shoes or socks from the laundry basket. Make sure to rotate your dog’s toys frequently, so they have something new to play with. Keeping things interesting will prevent your pet from getting into items that could be dangerous for them.
Active dogs are happy dogs
Making sure your dog is stimulated while you’re away is essential to their health and well-being. Access to dog toys and fun distractions will reduce destructive behavior, and can help ease any separation anxiety your pet may suffer from when you’re gone.
Omlet and your dog
At Omlet, our mission is to make products that are just as comfortable, supportive and enjoyable for your dog as your connection is with them. From designer dog beds to a whole range of essential dog products, we engineer our designs with your dog’s safety, comfort and happiness at the forefront.