What Do You Think? Can Dogs Love Being Home Alone?

by admin on October 17, 2012

 I am not 1 to leave my kids alone.  I don’t have to, as I own a doggy daycare and boarding.  I created my business for sole goal of not leaving dogs alone.  It’s so hard to go off to work, leaving them all alone. I imagine folks that have to do this, feel a real tug of war with the feeling of guilt.  Some dogs are ok with being left alone.  They sleep and chill out waiting for you to come back home.  Other dogs don’t feel the same way.  Maybe you have 1 of those dogs?

For the dogs that have to be left alone they have very little to keep them occupied for long periods of time. We are their sole entertainment. And if they’re the only dog in the household, this can be a challenge for them and you.  These dogs can suffer from separation anxiety, boredom and acting out when you’re gone.

How do you know if your dog unhappy when you’re gone?

1. Some dogs make this obvious for you right?  They start to act out by leaving you big signs that this isn’t working for them.  Here are some of their signs for you; they leave you a trail of destructive behavior like chewing on furniture, shoes, shredding beds, pillows, the tv remote.

2. Some dogs vomit, urinate and even poop in your house, when they know better.

3.  Some dogs will eat everything in sight when you’re gone and some dogs become anorexic.

4.  Some dogs start to have excessive habits, like grooming themselves excessively, licking paws, biting their tails. And some start to howl and bark.  This is not good for your neighbors.

If your dog is bord they can become anxious and even depressed which can lead to destructive behaviors.  What can you do?  I have some suggestions!

1. Find the right doggy daycare for you and your dog.  Social interaction during the day, keeps their minds active. And you get a tired and happy dog after this experience.  Since I operate a doggy daycare, I can see positive result here daily.

2.  Hire a good dog walker.

3.  I always tell you about great puzzle toys to keep them thinking throughout their day.  The more they think the less anxious they become.  Fill their toys with healthy treats.  Let them figure out how to get the treats. Find toys that hold their interests.

4.  Before you head out the dog, spend some playing time with them.

5.  Leave classical music on, when you leave.  It’s very calming.

You must know that I’m an advocate of doggy daycare and dog walking.  That’s my 2 cents on what to do.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post.  Follow me on facebook; Alanna aka The Dog Buddha and sing up for my blog.  It’s easy. Find my picture and follow the prompts.

Until next time.  Hugs and Licks!




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Maggie January 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I use to go to doggy day care 3 days a week…and loved it. I could not wait to go there and play with my mates and I was always happy when my peeps came to pick me up at the end of the day. I also slept very, very soundly on those nights. I started going as a pup and now that I am five, I am a very friendly and socialized dog!
Great post!


admin January 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Maggie, you did such a great job socialzing your baby. I own a doggy daycare, as you might know, and bringing kids to a great daycare is so important. I know the feeling of them sleeping for days after daycare, my clients tell me that all the time. And that, makes my day. Thank you for your comment, I look forward to hearing from you soon. Cheers!


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