Posted by Dog citizen in 09/Feb/2016-
By Malu Aguilar, student and behavioral consultant of Citizen Dog.
With a busy life full of appointments, the owners get a bad conscience to leave the dog alone at home.
But it’s not because the dog be alone, that the situation needs to be boring. To entertain you, use and abuse of environmental enrichment. Let the environment more interesting for the pet and activities offer toys that he can use without the presence of the owners.
There are several models of toys that replace the pots of food the dog, causing him to have more work to get feed and consequently spend more energy.
The market has Board toys, whose goal is to take or drag a bit to be able to eat the food, there are some hollow balls and with a cleft, the dog goes round and the food comes out slowly, and there are also options of toys made with recyclable material, as the pet bottle, everybody can produce at home. Remove the label, make on average about three holes in the bottle (the size of the hole should be enough to leave what was placed inside, but not huge to leave all at once).
The ideal to be placed in these toys is their own pet food. Snacks are also listed, but cannot be used in excess.
Another important thing is to not wait to leave the dog alone only when necessary. Do this in some activities of the routine, so that he understands that it’s okay to be alone and that the owner will return. For example, mount one of these toys for him and let him playing while you are taking a shower.
A walk on the street also helps the dog to be more relaxed when you’re staying alone.
Source: Pet Shop Magazine.
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