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Tips for Leaving Your Dog at Home - East Springfield Veterinary Hospital Pet Tips

Tips for Leaving Your Dog at Home

As a dog owner, it can be tough to leave your furry friend home alone. Whether it’s because of a long work day or a quick errand, it’s important to make sure your dog is safe and comfortable while you’re away. It’s natural to worry about your dog’s safety, but there are many ways to make sure your pup is happy and healthy while you’re gone. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some tips for leaving your dog at home and making sure they’re well taken care of.

1. Prepare Your Home

Before you leave, make sure your home is safe and comfortable for your dog. Remove any hazardous items that your dog could get into, such as cleaning supplies or trash, and make sure that all windows and doors are securely closed. Set up a comfortable sleeping area for your dog with a cozy bed or blanket, and leave toys and chews to keep them occupied. You can also turn on the radio or TV at a low volume to provide some background noise and help soothe your pup.

2. Provide Plenty of Exercise and Stimulation


A tired dog is a happy dog, so make sure to provide your pup with plenty of exercise and stimulation before you leave. Take your dog for a walk or run, play fetch or tug of war, or provide puzzle toys that will keep their mind engaged. A tired dog is more likely to sleep while you’re away, which can help reduce anxiety and stress.

3. Consider Crate Training

If your dog is used to being in a crate, crate training can be a great way to keep them safe and secure while you’re away. Make sure the crate is the proper size for your dog and that it’s equipped with a comfy bed and water bowl. If your dog is not used to being in a crate, start the training process gradually and make sure to associate the crate with positive things like treats and toys. Don’t forget to always remove a dog’s collar before leaving them in the crate, for their well-being and safety.

4. Hire a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

If you’ll be gone for an extended period of time, consider hiring a pet sitter or dog walker to check on your pup. A pet sitter can provide your dog with companionship and attention, and can even stay overnight if needed. A dog walker can provide exercise and a potty break during the day. Make sure to interview potential sitters or walkers and check references before hiring someone.

5. Use Technology to Stay Connected

There are many tech tools available that can help you stay connected with your dog while you’re away. You can install a camera to keep an eye on your pup, or even a treat dispenser that allows you to give your dog a treat remotely. Some cameras even have two-way audio, so you can talk to your dog and soothe them if they’re feeling anxious.

Leaving your dog at home can be tough, but with the right preparation and care, you can make sure your pup is safe and happy while you’re away. From prepping your home to hiring a pet sitter or dog walker, there are many ways to make sure your dog is well taken care of. By following these tips, you can leave your dog with peace of mind and enjoy your time away knowing that your pup is safe and comfortable.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!