Your pet dog is happiest when you’re always home. However, staying at home all the time is an utter impossibility for most people, as work and other necessary activities require you to leave your pets home alone. If you feel guilty leaving your four-legged family member for hours at a time, Croydon vets share with you a few guidelines to ensure they stay comfortable and anxiety-free.
Walk your dog before leaving home
A brisk walk or a little playtime before you leave the home is a great way to leave a calm dog. These activities tire your dog out, so he might feel like napping while you’re away. They also level out his brain chemistry the same way you feel good after a thorough workout.
Leave him plenty of toys
Leaving your pet fun toys to play with can help you avoid destructive behaviour that often comes from boredom. Look for creative ways for your dog to entertain himself when you’re not home, such as leaving a puzzle toy or hiding treats that he can search for. Of course, traditional dog toys are tried-and-tested diversion methods.
Build him a fortress
Make his favourite spot as comfortable for him as you can. Give him a bed, some water, and his favourite toys. Fence the area with a child’s stairgate, then practice leaving him there for a few minutes at a time, gradually increasing the time you’re gone if he remains calm. Keep repeating the process until he gets used to placating himself.
Don’t show guilt when you leave
Dogs have a way of picking up on their owner’s anxiety. This in turn, makes them feel anxious as well. To avoid getting your dog anxious, practice normal departure activities (putting on your coat, getting your keys) and don’t pet or cuddle when him you leave. Keep repeating until your dog shows no distressful response to your activities. It will teach him to feel less anxious and manage your absence better.
A veterinarian can help with pet anxiety
Medical problems can be what’s causing the anxiousness your pet feels when you leave. For example, bladder stones and urinary tract infection may be the cause of ‘house accidents’ that you come home to, and not separation anxiety per se. To confirm the cause of your pet problems while you’re away, take him to one of the most trusted vets in Croydon, such as Anne Nelson Vets.
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