Keep a puppy busy can be a challenging task.
What can be worse is finding your puppy destroying something it shouldn’t be. Puppies can find many things around the house that they aren’t allowed to chew on, so it is your responsibility to keep your puppy busy and restrict their movement around the house if left unsupervised.
What to do
Whether you are going out for an hour or you are leaving your dog at home while you are at work. It is up to you to supply your pet with things to keep its mind busy. If you are not prepared to do this, you shouldn’t have got a dog.
Many people choose to take their dogs for walks before they go to work so that the dog is tired while they are out. This is a good idea because you are getting exercise too. Your dog will be mentally and physically stimulated and should be well worn out by the time you go to work. Be sure to not over exercise your dog and always let them sniff around and play while out. Making sure your dog goes to the toilet while out is important so you don’t come home to a smelly surprise.
What if I have no time in the mornings?
If you don’t have time in the mornings to take your dog out for a good walk, leave something at home for your dog to play with. Some people get chew toys, Kongs, and even safe bones are great things to keep your dog busy. Lick mats can keep your dog busy while you get ready to leave and can also help with dealing with separation anxiety.
If you are away from home for longer than 4 hours a day, you should employ the services of dog walkers to take your dog for a walk and a toilet break. If you are looking to go this route, make sure your dog walker is reputable and trustworthy. There have been some real scary stories in the news of dog walkers not taking care of dogs.
Are there other options?
There are many other toys for your dogs to be kept entertained. This automated ball thrower can keep your dog busy or you can even buy a treat dispenser with a camera so your can interact with your dog remotely.
At the end of the day
What ever you decide to do, be sure to leave your dog in a safe environment with nothing lying around that may hurt or harm your dog. Electrical wires, cleaning equipment, and furniture can all cause harm to your dogs.
Once you get back to your dog be sure to interact and help them burn off the energy they have been building up. A fun game of fetch with a ball for 10 minutes will be great for bonding and releasing some energy. You can also do some training with your dog when you get home. Here is a link to a fun training exercise.