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Ways to avoid boredom in a dog left home alone

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Dogs can get so easily bored when you are home and present; can you imagine how anxious a pet can be when left unsupervised or home alone? It doesn’t mean you have a bad dog if it becomes mischievious in your absence; it just means your canine pal is anxious, full of energy and no one to share it with! There are many things you can find at your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home that can keep your pet entertained and happy until you return.

Since we live in such a busy world, you cannot help that you have to leave your dog to go to work, school, shopping, out to dinner, entertainment or other places where animals are not allowed. Don’t feel bad because your life takes you away from home and pup now and then. Most dogs rely on their humans to keep them entertained or just to be their “security.”

Many dogs will just nap whether or not you are home while others have lots of energy to expel. Most often, these are the dogs that find it harder to cope in your absence. They are known to suffer from separation anxiety, stress and boredom. If your dog fits this category, chances are you will come home to a small (or sometimes big) mess. Occasionally a dog will self-mutilate itself; create sores, excess drooling, hairloss and more.Your dog may get sick and vomit or could soil in the home. Some dogs vocalize their distress thru continual barking, whining and howling. Your neighbors will just love you!!

There are steps you can take to ensure your dog is not anxious, bored, destructive and depressed when left alone. These tips may not help for all dogs but can relieve some of the separation anxiety. If you keep your dog busy with fun things to do, you will return to a happy home that has not been destroyed; your dog will be more fulfilled and satisfied, happy to see you return.

Some things you can do are:

  • First before you leave, excersize your dog with a nice long walk and short game of toss the ball or other fun activity that will release some of the energies
  • Try to hire a dog walker, friend or family member to come into the home and walk your dog sometime throughout the day. That person can also toss a ball or Frisbee around for moments of physical activity.
  • Consider a doggy daycare, a real investment to keep your dog entertained and your home safe.
  • Provide your pet with plenty of toys daily, changing out some of the toys each day to keep them new and fresh. It would be advisable to provide puzzle toys (the type you can place treats inside) to keep your dog busy for hours. Purchase several puzzle toys and give your dog a different one each day.

Variety is the spice of life, for your dog as well. Exercise your pet before you leave for the day and try to get someone to do the same in the middle of the day. Provide ample toys, chew bones and a different puzzle game each day and your dog should adapt to alone time, stress-free.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

For the grooming needs of your Chihuahua in or near the Rockford area, you can contact Sue at pupelv7@comcast.net for further information.

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