“When can I go outside to play a game of fetch?” “I need a bathroom break.” “I don’t want to sleep anymore.” “Where is lunch?” “I’m bored.” These are just a few thoughts that go through Fido’s head while you are at work. Just like humans, pets can suffer from cabin fever, too.
When dogs are left at home for long periods, they often become bored and this can lead to destructive behaviors and other problems. Fortunately, there are many ways for pet parents to keep their dogs busy during long days at home. Here are five great ways to keep your dog active and entertained while you are at work.
Dogs love toys that engage their brain and require problem-solving skills. This is where puzzle toys come in. In addition to being fun and virtually indestructible, puzzle toys provide hours of engaging play for dogs that have to stay home alone. Although there are a variety of puzzle toys on the market, all of them work by releasing a food reward when the toy is twisted, licked, nudged or shaken in the right way. Puzzle toys range from easy to advanced, and are great for keeping the toy-loving pooch occupied for hours.
One of the best ways to keep an only-dog happy during long days at home is to adopt a canine companion. Adding another dog to the family gives your dog a 24/7 playmate, and can help mitigate boredom, anxiety and behavioral issues such as barking, chewing or digging. Additionally, adopting another pooch is a great way to keep older dogs active and to increase their overall quality of life.
Did you know that there is a TV channel just for your dog? DogTV is a great way to provide Fido with hours of dogs-only entertainment geared toward his specific sensibilities. Full of exciting sights and sounds, DogTV will keep the visually inclined dog busy for hours.
There are fetch toys that pet parents throw and then there are fetch toys that throw themselves. Ideal for dogs that love to fetch but have to stay at home while the pet parents work, self-fetching toys are a great for keeping your dog active and engaged all day long. Although there are many varieties of these toys on the market, most work this way. The dog activates a trigger when it places the toy (often a ball) back into the holster. The toy is ejected from the holster, the dog fetches it and, as long as the he continues to place it back in the given receptacle, the toy will continue to play fetch with him.
For the technically inclined pet parent, pet cube can be a great way to keep dogs entertained while providing routine check-ins. Offering wireless cameras and two-way screens, PetCube is a camera system that allows you and your dog to see and hear one another. Ideal for dogs that suffer from separation anxiety, this technologically advanced toy is a great way to check in on Fido during the day.
A bored, lonely dog tends to get into trouble by looking for ways to entertain themselves. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep your dog from becoming bored and chewing up your favorite pair of heels.