No matter how much we like to spend every minute of our life with our furball, there will come a time (when you need to work) when you have to leave him behind (at home). Of course, it would be great if you can bring him to work. But sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world *sigh*.
Of course, separation anxiety will be a big issue. But an even bigger issue would be how your dog will act once you leave him at home alone. For sure, you would not want to go home to a messy house with poop and pee all over, right? Well, that would be the scenario of you will not prepare your dog well to stay at home alone. To prevent that from happening, here are some things that you can do:
- Make sure your dog has something to eat.
Of course, your dog will need something to eat and drink the whole day. If you want to make sure that you will go home to a clean house, then it would be best if you will place your dog’s food in a stable and durable no-spill bowl (if you feed him vegetables, meats, and rice) or in . On the other hand, you can choose to pour water into a water dispenser instead of placing it in a bowl.
- Create a station where he can poop and pee.
Of course, it is best that you housetrain your puppy before you leave him home alone. In the event that your puppy is already potty trained, the next best thing that you can do is to build a station where she can poop and pee. This can be done by laying some newspapers or potty training pads in the said area. Since your puppy may not be able to hit the target all the time, you must make sure that this station is located far from his feed station.
- Leave some toys behind.
Spending the whole day home alone can get pretty boring. Once your puppy gets bored, there is a high chance that he will spend the day messing around your home. To keep him entertained, do not forget to leave a basket full of toys behind. To make sure that the toys will be enough to entertain him the whole day, opt for toys that are colorful and those that create noise. There are also some toys that emit heartbeat-like vibrations. These are perfect for helping sooth separate anxiety in dogs.
- Establish a rest station.
Just like us, dogs need to rest too. That is why you should not forget to create one for him. To help your dog deal with separation anxiety, we recommend that you provide him a cozy soft bed with a small blanket or stuffed toy that he can cuddle with while you are gone.
It is never easy to say goodbye to your shih tzu but you can make the parting a bittersweet experience by doing the things mentioned above.