Most modern pet parents lead very busy lives, and even though you wish you could hang out with your dog all day. Unless you work in a pet-friend office like ours, chances are your boss wouldn’t be too happy to have a puppy running around in the office! It’s not such a bad thing, as dogs love their alone time too; they are constantly chilling out alone in the sun, lying on the couch or finding a corner to curl up in after wrestling with you for a half hour.
Even so, it is important to ensure that your dog feels both safe and simulated when you leave him alone at home for long hours while you go to work. If your dog is kept entertained and happy while you are away, you will have a very excited and eager furry friend greeting you at the end of the day. Here are some ways you can keep your dog happy while you’re away!Pre-work walks
You may need to get up slightly earlier to bring your dog on a morning walk, but your pet will definitely appreciate it! Younger dogs may need more walks to expel excess energy – but as they grow older, they will require less exercise. Whatever age your dog is, bring him out for walks around the neighbourhood or park and give him time to sniff around. This activates his mind, and is also his way of finding out what has happened in the neighbourhood during the week. Playing catch or throwing a stick around with him is also a great way to burn off hyper energy, and he will feel a lot more comfortable staying indoors once you leave for work.Toys
hew toys and interactive dog toys are a great way of keeping your dog occupied, especially when these interactive toys tease with treats hidden in them! Filling out a KONG with some peanut butter or sticky dog food will leave him entertained for hours chewing in a spot, and this means nothing else in the house will get chewed up! Regularly rotate the toys you bring out to let him play with, and this will ensure that he remains curious and excited about them. Do visit online pet shops in Singapore for the latest playthings.Leave music on
Whether it’s the television, radio or a CD, the voices and music will stimulate your pet’s mind and get him to think about what he’s hearing. For pets that tend to get a little anxious when alone, you can put on easy listening music to creative a more relaxing environment fit for a whole afternoon of napping.Ice treats Source: Tablespoon
In the humid and hot tropics of Singapore, our dogs would love nothing more than a doggy popsicle. Give your dog a large bowl of ice, or toss some pet treats into a Tupperware of chicken broth and freeze it overnight. Your dog will be happily licking at this icicle all day, and it will also keep him hydrated and cool. More than that, offering your dog treats like this when you leave for work can create a positive association with your departure, while gearing them up to anticipate your return.
One important tip is to ensure that your pet pal feels loved and has sufficient bonding time with you. Once you’ve created a safe and engaging space for your dog, you can leave for work assured that your home will remain doggy-destruction-free, while also looking forward to plenty of dog licks and pawing when you get home.