Your dog might have separation anxiety. After all, you are part of the pack! If you’re a dog parent, you’ve probably realized a simple scientific fact about them: unlike humans, doggies never develop object permanence. What does this mean? If they can’t see you, then they get worried about you. Are you ever going to come home? Eight hours on-site at the office seem like a slog for people. That same amount of time probably feels like 800 years to your dog. So how can you make sure they are calm and happy when you’re not there? We’ve got some handy tips for you!
Leave Them Plenty of Food and Water
No matter how old they are, dogs tend to be creatures of habit. That’s why one of the building blocks of dog care involves following routines. Eventually, your dogs expect to be fed at certain times of the day. But you can’t always be home, so leave them food and water. This consideration becomes even more important if they have to stay in a crate.
Give Them Something to Do
Some dog breeds are instinctively driven to perform a task. Sheepdogs, for instance, are driven to “herd” the flocks they are responsible for; if they get bored, then they’ll react with chaotic amounts of energy. One simple solution is to give your canine companions something to occupy their attention with when you can’t spend time with them. Some ideas include letting them watch TV, listen to music, and open the windows.
Create an Indoor Potty Zone
It’s also a good idea to arrange a place for them to take care of business. Pee pads and grass pads are relatively inexpensive methods of doing this. Alas, if only we could potty train them the same way we do for our human children!
Tucker Them Out
Just like us, your pets need plenty of activity. Proper dog care calls for exercise and playtime. Consider the breed they belong to, how healthy they are, how big they are, and what the forecast says. Either way, this is a fantastic way to bond before naptime!
We Would Love the Opportunity to Care for Your Furry Friends!
Alexander Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital located in Severna Park, Maryland, serving the Severna Park, Pasadena, and Arnold areas. Our goal is to educate clients on their pets’ needs and understand the importance of individualized veterinary care to strengthen the human-animal bond between owners and their pets.
We understand you have a choice when deciding on the care for your pets. Therefore, we strive to provide you with unparalleled services, including wellness exams, vaccines, lost pet microchip ID, dental care, surgical services, digital radiography, and in-hospital laboratory services and diagnostics. Other highlights of Alexander Animal Hospital are the separate cat and dog waiting and exam rooms and after-hours on-call emergency services.