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How to Make Your Dog’s Alone Time More Fun

August 1 2016

Do you leave your canine pal home alone when you go to work? Dogs can stay by themselves during the day, although many of them get bored and restless when their human buddies are away. In this article, a local Lawrenceville, GA vet offers advice on making Fido’s alone time more fun for him.


Basics


First things first: make sure that Fido has plenty of fresh water. You may want to consider getting him an automated water dish. If you let your pup nibble throughout the day, make sure his food is fresh. Ask your vet for nutritional advice.


Toys


Offer Fido plenty of fun toys to play with when you’re away. Puzzle toys and treat toys are great, because they can keep dogs occupied for hours on end.


Activity


Before you leave, take Fido on a walk, and play with him. After Fido’s morning workout, he’ll likely be a bit tired, and may go back to bed for a few hours. Dogs all have different exercise needs, so ask your vet for specific recommendations.


Live View


Our canine pals often like to see what’s going on outside. Give Fido a good window view, so he can bark at trespassing squirrels and leave nose art on your windows. (Tip: use vinegar and newspaper to clean your pup’s nose prints.)


Soothing Sounds


Keep a radio or TV on for your canine buddy. The sounds of human voices and music will soothe him, and keep him from feeling lonely.


Naptime


Dogs often sleep a lot while their owners are out. Make sure Fido has a comfy bed for all those naps. If you have a senior dog, or a large breed, we recommend getting a good orthopedic doggy bed.


Lighting


If you won’t be home before dark, keep a light on for Fido. Sitting alone in a dark house is no more fun for dogs than it is for us!


Puppy Proofing


Our canine friends are very curious. They also like to eat things. These two traits, combined, can lead your beloved pet right into trouble! Remove or secure anything that could harm Fido, such as toxic plants, small items, plastic baggies, chemicals, and medication. Ask your vet for more information.


Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Lawrenceville, GA animal clinic, anytime!

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