tips for keeping pets entertained
After months of your good company, whether it be from summer schedules or working from home, furry family members are left to wonder: “Where’d everybody go?” when life returns to "normal." With best friends away all day the change in routine can lead to separation anxiety, stress, and shoe-chewing, rug-peeing boredom. To help ease your pup through this tough transition (and spare your furnishings,) occupy those idle paws with these pup-proven boredom busters.
Play with puzzles
One part delicious treat, one part toy, the food puzzler is a doggie dream. To keep your dog happy and engaged long after the morning rush, pack peanut butter or pumpkin puree inside a Kong toy and freeze it. Or, for cooler days, just fill the Kong with a mix of kibble and wet dog food for an extra special treat. Then, present the food puzzle to your dog just before leaving each day. He’ll be so busy figuring out how to get the goodies out, he won’t have time to whine or cry at the door. Some Petplan policyholders also like to tune in to TV or special DVDs designed just for pets. The background noise and engaging images keep them company until their people come home.
Keep up the exercise
You know it’s true. Well-exercised dogs are well-behaved dogs. Go too long between walks and your dog will release his energy onto anything in paw’s reach (think: your bed pillows!). Even if the pooch has outdoor access while you’re away, a mid-day walk or run makes life much easier for everyone involved. If you can’t make it home mid-day yourself, maybe consider hiring a dog walker to dash your dog. It’s good for everybody. Your dog gets exercise, fresh air, and good human company, and you come back to a home that looks much like the one you left.
Keep a routine
Just like kids, dogs do best with routines. To help minimize stress during transition times, try to keep your dog’s eating, exercising, and snoozing schedules as predictable as possible. With a little planning, you’ll help your dog flow from season to season, wagging all the while.