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Is Your Dog Bored At Home While You’re at Work?

August 18th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Many people seem to have this problem of feeling guilty when they leave for work each morning and have to keep their dog at home all alone.  You know the feeling.  You’re about to step out the door, but your dog  is sitting right there at the door step with those incredibly sad puppy dog eyes.  You just can’t help but feel guilty in this helpless situation.  They usually just sit and stare at you with such a sullen demeanor that says “So you’re going to leave me alone again? Please don’t go or at least take me with you! Please!”  I’m telling you that these exact words are telepathically passed from your dog’s mind to yours!  And you stand there feeling so guilty for leaving, but someone has to make the money so you can spoil your dog with dog treats, dog clothes, dog carriers, and dog toys galore.  So now you feel stuck because you have to go to work, but what do you do in this situation?  How can you keep your dog pre-occupied throughout the day so your dog doesn’t feel so lonely?  Well, I’ve come up with some tips to help you through this tough situation.  I hope they help.

how to occupy your dog when you're at work

1. First, one of the most obvious ways to keep your dog company all day long is to get another dog.  You know how the saying goes, the more the merrier, right?  Of course, this isn’t an option for everybody, but in my opinion, I think it’s the best way to keep your dog’s company through your work day.  Now when picking out a new companion for your current dog, I would try to get the opposite sex of the dog you currently own.  I say this because in my experience, dogs of the opposite sex tend to get along better.  This isn’t always the case, but just from what I’ve seen, opposite’s attract when it comes to canines. 

2. Try to buy some interactive dog toys.  These days, dog toys aren’t just your typical dog bones and chew toys. Technology has taken even dog toys to a new level.  There are many electronic dog toys that I’ve seen that move and wiggle around that can surely keep your dog interested for at least a few hours of the day.  They also have those puzzle type dog toys that challenge your dog to figure out how to get a treat out of the toy itself.  These are great because they work your dog’s brain and keep them going until they figure out how to get the treat out.  Hopefully these puzzle toys with treats also keeps your dog’s mind off of figuring out how to get to your stash of cookies on the counter too!

3. As silly as this one may sound, I know some people that will turn on the Animal Planet channel for their dogs to watch before they leave to work.  Do the dogs actually watch the TV and understand what they’re watching? Who knows, but some people swear by this.  Hey, with the high definition televisions that we have today, your dog will probably think the images on the TV are real.  Then again, you might not want to scare your little baby by showing them a show on natural predators!

4. Talk to your neighbors who have the same problem of leaving their dogs home all alone.  These days, it seems like everybody has a dog, so I’m sure you’re bound to find someone in your neighborhood or apartment complex with a lonely dog also.  Once you find this neighbor or two, talk about taking turns each week bringing your dog each other’s houses.  This way, your dog will have a play buddy all day long.  However, I would first make sure that the dogs get along together well enough.  There may be some territorial issues with certain dogs that would cause this idea to not pan out.

5. If you live close enough to work, use your lunch break to go home and play with your dog.  Your dog would absolutely love to see you, even if its just for an extra hour of the day. Now I know this is probably near impossible for many of you, but its just another thought of mine.

Hopefully, some of these tips can help your dog fight boredom while you’re away at work.  One last tip for you all.  Find a job where you can work from home or become a professional blogger.  Then you can spend every last minute with your furry friend!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kaye // Aug 19, 2008 at 5:53 am

    Great post … especially because today is my first day back to work after having brought home my 16-week yorkie a week & half ago! I’m only gone about 3-4 hours, but very worried about her since I’m still getting up every 3 hours with her to let her go at night.

    Here’s her pic – isn’t she a doll? http://flickr.com/photos/sweetser/2772547706/

  • 2 admin // Aug 19, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    congrats on your new yorkie! she is absolutely gorgeous, and i bet you’re pretty excited. its only natural that we worry about our little babies. good luck with your new puppy!

  • 3 admin // Aug 19, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Kaye, i forgot to ask, where did you get her?

  • 4 kaye // Sep 2, 2008 at 6:36 am

    I split time between Athens, Ga & San Diego … but Ali’s a southern belle from Athens. I got her from an AMAZING breeder named Georgie Echols at Ashecho Yorkshire Terriers (http://ashecho.tripod.com/). Georgie has been a wonderful resource to me well after I brought Ali home & did such a great job pee pad training Ali that I hardly have any work to do on that matter! Also, Ali has a great personality & such a sweet face.

    She went to the Balboa Park dog park for the first time yesterday … she was the queen of the entire park (not just the dog park!). Even little kids were squealing “I love Ali!!!!!” when she would walk by. She’s such a little rock star. I wish I could say I’m kidding, but it is all true! :)

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