Even though you may want to take your dog everywhere you go, there are times when it’s best if he or she stays at home. Depending on the personality of your dog, this may be a very stressful period of time. There is also the guilt factor for you, the owner, to consider! Keeping your dog busy so he doesn’t decide to chew on your coffee table or pee on your couch can certainly be challenging!
If you have a doggie door or a dog run, then the option exists for him to burn off some nervous energy and also to get a change of scenery. Often for puppies, the best option is to crate him when you’re not home. Dogs feel safe in their crate and they will often just sleep while you are away.
Leaving the television or radio on is a good idea. This at least gives the illusion that your dog has some company in the house. Leaving your dog with a piece of clothing you have recently worn often will give comfort to a dog who is missing his owner.
Giving your dog a toy to keep him busy is a good idea. Bully sticks are long-lasting chew sticks that are made of dried bull penises. They come in odor-free, which certainly is better for owners!
A treat-dispensing toy is also a good plan for your lonely dog. Tried and true Kong toys are made of hard rubber and you can insert treats or peanut butter to keep your dog busy. The Dog Pyramid is also a great treat toy that makes your dog work to get small treats out of the hole.