What to Do If You Have to Leave Your Dog Home Alone
Probably everyone has to leave their dog alone at times. You should not just put your dog in a cage and make her wait for you to come home . . . even prisoners are allowed to use the toilet in their cell. Doesn’t your dog deserve to be treated as well as a criminal?
There are things you can do to make the time pass easier, but even if you try most of them, the days will still be hard for your dog.
Alternatives to Leaving Your Dog Home Alone
- Take Your Dog to Work
- Doggie Daycare
- Dog Walker
- Doggy Doors, Enrichment, etc.
Can You Take Your Dog to Work?
“Take your dog to work day" is a once-a-year event that started in the UK back in 1996, but it doesn’t seem to happen nearly often enough. How about taking your dog to work every day?
It really depends on if you are self-employed or are serving a big boss. Some companies like Google and Amazon let their employees bring their dogs in and have found that it benefits both the owner and the dog. (According to one report 17% of US offices allow dogs in the workplace.) If you do not work for one of the dog-friendly companies, it is up to you to point out how a dog at work will make things better. Be sure to tell your boss:
Dogs make employees happy and workplace performance improves.
Workers cooperate with each other better when there is a dog involved; many who never talk to each other will find a reason to chat and share ways to improve productivity when there is a dog involved.
- There is improved company morale when an employee can take his dog to work.
- Dogs lower stress in the workplace, according to a study done by the Virginia Commonwealth University. Cortisol levels were tested to evaluate this, and those with dogs had small increases during the day as compared to those who did not bring their dogs to work.
- If your office has customers, point out to your boss that the company´s reputation will be better if dogs are allowed to come to work. If the company sponsors a local animal shelter and gives out handouts at the office, their reputation will be even better.
- Explain that all dog owners will follow the rules. Dogs will be leashed to prevent them from running off, bothering anyone with allergies, or annoying any customers not interested in dealing with a dog.
- If nothing else works, at least suggest your boss allow dogs in the workplace on Take Your Dog To Work Day, June 22. Maybe one day will be enough to change his mind.
What to Bring With You If You Take Your Dog to Work
A bright leash, a cool bandana, or a good dye job will make even more people interested in your dog. Be positive! Things will work out, and when they do, be sure to remember:
- Water bowl
- Dog food and bowl
- Treats and toys
- A favorite blanket or small bed
- A camera, of course!
Don’t forget to wash your dog the night before. If you have a breed that normally goes to the groomers, be sure to take him in for a trim. Sometimes a special haircut of dye job will enthrall even the most anti-dog office worker.
Instead of leaving your dog alone and incarcerating her in a small prison cell (the dog crate), which too many people think is okay) you should find a way to take her to work and allow your dog to enjoy her time as a social animal.
If you are not able to work from home, and have to leave your dog alone, there are options that you need to think about.
Why should you take your dog to work every day?
How to Keep Your Dog Happy When Home Alone
- Walk her before leaving
- Install a doggy door
- Hide treats around house
- Leave toys around house
- Leave a Kong toy stuffed with frozen peanut butter
- Feed her in the morning
Tips for Keeping Your Dog at Home
If you have to leave your dog alone:
- Walk her before you leave her: This might require you to wake up an hour earlier each day. Guess what? Your dog is worth it. Not all dogs require the same amount of exercise, but all will benefit from a walk.
- Install a doggy door so that your dog can go out in the back yard and sit in the sun: I know this is not possible in all places because some dogs are stolen from their own back yard. If you can, however, it can really help. She will not be forced to hold her bowels and urine, and may just sleep most of the day.
- Leave her a few treats hidden around the house: Alexandra Horowitz, in her book , told about how her dog would wait for her to come home before running around and eating all of the treats. Obviously hiding the treats around the house won't work for all dogs, but it might help. Inside of a Dog
- Leave her favorite toys around the house, but hidden in a place where she will find them (like under pillows).
- Buy her a or another toy that can be stuffed with food (frozen peanut butter will last for several hours) and give it to her when you leave the house. Kong
- Feed her a heavy meal at the time you are leaving: This is not a good idea for every dog. Some dogs are prone to obesity, some dogs have GI problems, and those breeds prone to GDV should definitely not be fed if the owner is not around. Dogs with a full stomach, especially if they are already tired, will sleep for hours, and may not even notice they are alone.
- The Seven Best Dog Breeds For Someone Who Works All ...
If you work all day but still want a dog, check out descriptions, videos, and pictures of these low energy breeds and find out which will suit your lifestyle.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.