Don't you wish you could take your dog with you everywhere you go? How much fun would it be to always have your companion by your side?! Unfortunately, we all have to leave our pups home alone at some point. Sad, but true. As a loving dog owner, you may be concerned that your dog is alone and you may wonder what that silly dog could be up to! Well, why not set up things for your dog to do! So what can your pup do while home alone? Lots of things! Try some of these activities for your dog and you will never have to worry about them being alone again (they are guaranteed to be having a good time!)
Rather than handing your dog a few treats on your way out the door, why not freeze those treats in water and make them a little harder to get. While this isn't a physical challenge for a pup, it is a lesson in patience! Your dog will have to work to get their treats by licking the ice, pushing it around and waiting for it to melt. However, with patience comes reward- your pup will get his favorite treat which was frozen in the ice! This is a great game for warmer weather when your pup may need a refreshing treat during the day. Make sure to put the ice treat on a floor you don't mind being very wet!
If your dog loves playing fetch, then why not get your pup a mini automatic fetch machine?! These awesome inventions will throw your dog a ball all day. The only catch, your pooch has to bring the ball back and put it in the machine! While this may sound simple enough, you may need to do a little training with your dog and teach them to the machine works. Once your dog is well versed in the automatic fetch machine, they will have hours and hours of play ahead of them! Be sure to put the machine in a room where nothing will break as a ball shoots across the air!
Everyone enjoys a good scavenger hunt, even dogs! Hiding toys, treats and dog food around the house for your pup to find is a great way to keep them up and moving rather than just laying around while you are gone. You can make this game as difficult or as easy as you would like considering your dogs searching abilities. Scavenger hunts are also perfect as you can change the game daily. One day a bone is behind the couch while the next day it's stuck in a plant! You can even use the scavenger hunt to feed your dog a full meal - bye bye, doggy dish!!
Leave the TV on for your dog to watch while you are away. While some dogs don't necessarily enjoy watching TV, they may just enjoy the simple sound of having it on. This will make your pup feel like someone is there with them!
Buy your pup one of many available treat puzzles. There are many toys which allow you to stick treats inside and are a challenge for a dog to retrieve. Your pup will push around these toys all day trying to figure out how to get to the prize inside.
As hard as it is, sometimes you have to leave your dog at home. Now, you don't have to feel guilty as you walk out that door, your dog will be having a blast with one of these activities for dogs who are home alone. From a rapid game of fetch to a more calm game like watching TV, your dog will have something to do! So don't say 'whatevfur' as you leave your dog alone, say puperiffic! They are having a blast without you!