The Do’s And Don’ts Of Leaving Your Dog Home Alone
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Though you would probably never want to leave their side, the harsh reality is that you can’t bring your dog everywhere you go. Despite the sad look on their adorable faces, there are a few things you can do to make their home-alone moments less stressful.
First of all, dogs need time to adapt to being alone and experts advise you not to stay away too long, at least in the beginning. Moreover, you should never leave your adult dog alone for more than 8-10 hours, but even that period of time is way too long for some breeds.
Secondly, prepare your dog before you go – take them out for a walk, play with them and make sure they went to the bathroom. Also, leave the TV on and confine your dog in crate or in a room enclosed by baby gates – if necessary.
Thirdly, dog-proof your home and don’t leave temptations within reach. If your dog loves to explore the garbage, keep the trash can securely covered or even hidden away.
Finally, don’t set a bad example; if you’re always nervous when leaving the house, your dog will be unable to calm down. Remember that dogs are good at reading emotions, and if you want them to relax, you also need to be relaxed.