In case you missed our last blog, it’s officially back-to-school time! That means it’s time to buy notebooks, pens, new tennis shoes, and a new backpack. Back to school also means soccer practice, dance lessons, carpooling, and karate is all back in session. But with everyone going to school, work, and extracurricular activities, who is available to spend time with the dogs?
As you’re transitioning from summer to fall you might find yourself concerned about what’s going to happen if you leave your dog’s home alone all day. During the summer the kids were home from school so they could help take care of the dogs but what about now? Ideally, you could find someone to watch your dogs all day or take them to a local dog boarding company but those can be very expensive. Instead of spending an arm and a leg on full-time babysitters for your pups, you should try out a couple of our tips to help keep your pets entertained while everyone’s out of the house.
- Licking Mats
- If you’ve never heard of a licking mat they are thing mats usually made of silicon with fun shapes and textures designed to keep your pets entertained. The best way to use them is to spread some peanut butter on the mat and let your dog try to lick the peanut butter out of all the crevices and surfaces. Better yet use pet-friendly CBD peanut butter so your dog can get ~zen~ while they play with their mat.
- Turn On The TV Or Play Music
- Leaving your dogs home alone in a quiet house can leave them feeling rather restless after a few hours. One way to keep them distracted and entertained is by turning on the tv or playing music. Depending on the device you’re using to play music or watch tv you might be able to control when or how long the sound plays for.
- Hire a Dog Walker
- Did you know there is an app for finding a dog walker? Well, actually there are multiple apps where you can find someone to go to your house and take your dog on your walk for a small price. Two of the more popular apps are Wag! and Rover. While this option isn’t free, paying for a midday dog walk is much cheaper than a full day of doggy daycare.
- Tire Them Out
- If your schedule allows, it’s a great idea to take your dog on a long walk or jog in the morning before or during work. Maybe you decide to go on a run in the morning instead of the gym so you can bring your dog with you. Or maybe you send one of your older kids on a morning walk around the block. Regardless of how you’re able to work it into your schedule, exercising your dog before you leave is great for keeping them tired and sleepy while they are home alone.
- Dog Chews
- Dog chews can be a great way to preoccupy your pet and prevent them from getting into trouble. Dog chews, such as rawhide chews, are especially helpful for dogs who like to chew or scratch furniture and other belongings when left unattended.