How to keep your dog entertained while at work
It breaks our hearts to leave our furry friends behind when we go to work but unfortunately it’s something that many of us have to do. To help relieve your pooch parent guilt, keep your dog entertained while at work by using these top tips that we’ve put together.
Hide and Seek Treats
Hiding treats around the house can be a great way to keep your dog entertained while at work. Every time they find one of their favourite bite-size snacks they’ll want more and their keen sense of smell will help them to stay focused.
Hiding some treats just before you leave the house is also a great way to get them to associate you leaving with a positive feeling, rather than a negative one. Be inventive with your placement too; don’t always hide them in the same places as they’ll soon figure this out and return to being bored quicker.
In the same way that hiding treats gives them something to focus on, freezing some treats or a toy in a block of ice will also keep your pooch entertained for hours on end. They’ll want to keep playing with it until their treasure is free from its icy prison.
The best way to do this would be to use a small food container, add the goodies, fill with water and then leave to freeze overnight. Make sure there are some towels to hand when you walk in to help with the mopping up.
Alternate their Toys
Rotating your pooch’s toys will help them to get excited about play time and distract them from the realisation that you have to go out for the day. Put the old ones away and bring out a different one for the day - something robust is normally the best option to prevent it being torn apart 5 minutes after you leave.
You can combine this with the treat idea and bring out puzzle toys that contain some of their favourite snacks.
Brothers and Sisters
Bringing in a new furry companion for them to play with can be a fantastic way to keep your dog entertained while at work. Having a playmate constantly by their side will not only help them to become more sociable but means you’re coming home to twice the love!
Have you tried any of the tips we’ve mentioned? Perhaps you’ve got something completely different that works for you and your dog? We’d love to hear from you! Tweet us at @barkingheads or head to our Facebook page.