Sooner or later we all have to leave the house and our beloved puppy or puppies, or dogs, home alone! Oh! The possibilities to get in trouble: the trash, even if there is none, we’ll “make” some out of the brand new couch, or the blanket or… infinite choices, and let’s face it, dogs do have great imaginations.
Here is one way I found helps with my dogs anxiety when I leave the house.
Lola, who is only 8 months must go in her crate. The other two, Duke, age 5 and Sophie, age 11 have the run of the house because with age they became wiser. However, before I leave I give each of them the following “special treat” which I prepre in advance and keep frozen.
You may use either the rubber toys which could be stuffed (available at any pet store) or I also use soup bones, which I stuff with their favorite moist food. The advantage of using the rubber toy, is that it cannot harm your puppy if it breaks. At least, this is what I was told by a vet: even soup bones MIGHT break and harm a dog, but not the rubber toy, Still I chose to continue to stuff the soup bones with dog food, freeze the treat, and everyone seems happy. Using soup bones is a personal choice I am only sharing this alternative, not recommanding (since we are living in a society where litigation is prevelant(:
The other advantage of using soup bones is that I first make a barley/vegetable soup for humans, using the bones for flavor.
Next week, I will share my recipe for the human soup:)
If any of the readers would like to share their tips of keeping dogs out of trouble when we go out and they are left alone, please, please SHARE.