Here are some great tips on how to keep your pooch entertained while working from home.
If your dog isn't comfortable in a crate or you don't want to use one, but you also don't want your pup having free run of the house while you're out, consider making up a room just for them or penning off a portion of your room with a pet fence. It could be a bedroom, the kitchen or a guest room.
How to keep your dog entertained while you're at work
Get a puzzle toy. If you have a dog who is treat-motivated, invest in a puzzle toy. Fill it with treats and only give it to her when you're not going to be home. Having a special toy—one that your dog absolutely loves—when you're away, will keep your dog entertained and will be something he looks forward to enjoying.
While your dog is in their crate, provide them with safe chews, like a bully stick or rubber food-stuffed toy. Dogs love to chew, so this will keep them busy and help prevent boredom. It will also build positive associations with the crate, even more so if you only provide certain special items inside.
Play fetch, go on a jog, or take her to a securely fenced-in dog park. This dog needs to use up her energy. If you establish a daily exercise routine—two to three times a day for 10 to 30 minutes—the dog will learn to relax during the day until it's time for her outing.
Many people use a puppy-pen but you can use a small room, like your bathroom, as well. If possible, it's best to give him a space that you can gradually expand, an area that will be his for the long term. The space should have a comfortable bed, a few toys and something with your scent on it — old clothing works great.
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Giving them treats while they are getting groomed or while bathing them is an excellent way to help them stay calm. Many people will smear peanut butter on the bath wall and allow the dog to lick it off while they are getting groomed.
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There are a variety of toys you can try:
Leaving a puppy alone in crate while at work is unacceptable. As a rule of thumb, you can leave a puppy in a crate for a maximum of 5 hours straight ONLY, depending on their age. Adult dogs can handle up to 8 hours of confinement, but it shouldn't be an everyday thing.