Sometimes, dogs just like to be by themselves. Your pup may leave the room when you come in or shy away from groups of people, preferring a quiet room all to themselves. This isn't rare! Just like people, sometimes a dog just needs some downtime and to be by themselves. Let your pup be alone if that is what seems to make them comfortable. However, alone doesn't mean bored! Give your dog plenty to do, if they choose, while they are alone.
Just because your dog is alone doesn't mean they don't want to play or eat treats! Your shy pup will benefit from the from mental stimulation that treat toys provide. Treat toys are like puzzles for dogs where you hide a treat inside the toy and your pup needs to figure out how to get the treat out. Sounds like something that is perfect for a dog who is by themselves! Treat toys will give your dog something meaningful to do and accomplish even if they are alone. No one needs to be there to help your pup with these so let them play independently and tackle their new puzzle!
Sometimes you just need to relax in front of the TV by yourself and unwind after a long day. Your dog may feel the same way! Try putting the TV on for your dog to see if it helps them relax and feel calm. You can leave the TV on for your pup when you have to go to work or go out for the day as well. Even though your dog prefers to be alone, having the background noise and something to look at every now and then may really help them. Keep in mind that too much TV may not be the best, however; dogs still need exercise and human interaction.
If your dog likes to be alone, chances are that they have picked a spot in your house to call their own. This is your pup's safe zone. It is time to make that safe zone even more cozy and safe. Giving your pup's favorite spot a nice refresh is a great way to tell your dog that it is okay to be alone and here is a place you can go anytime you need to get away. Almost every canine needs a spot like this to keep them relaxed and in control of their environment - wouldn't we all benefit from a safe zone?
If your dog likes to be alone but you would prefer them to be more outgoing, train your dog to enjoy being around people. People give treats right? Your dog will enjoy learning that for sure!
Set up a radio in your dog's area so that they can listen to calming music as they sit alone. Soothing sounds will help calm a dog who may be a little on edge.