As a dog owner, I have always been on the go. There are days when I will be gone for hours at a time and it can be hard to find someone to watch my pup while I am away from home. This is where having a dog crate comes in handy! A crate is not only useful for when you leave your pet with someone else but also if you need a break from them yourself! In this article, we’ll discuss how to keep your pooch safe no matter what situation they’re in!
Install CCTV Cameras.
Install CCTV cameras in your house to monitor the activities of your dog while you are away. You can check up on them through an app or even access it remotely if you need to!
Give Them Their Own Space.
If they’re not crated, give them their own space where they can rest and relax without any distractions like toys, food bowls and other things that may distract them.
Read a Book!
If you’re crate training your dog, place a few of their favorite toys and treats inside the crate and read them a book or play some relaxing music with headphones on to keep them calm during this time. Watch out for signs of anxiety such as panting, pacing or barking so you can quickly react to any problems your pup might be facing.
Train Them Well!
Make sure they are properly crate trained so when you do leave them in their space, they will feel safe and secure. When I first started training my dog, the hardest part was getting her used to her crate but over time she learned how nice it is to relax in there and now she loves it!
Give Them a Walk.
If you have the time, take them on a nice long walk so they can really explore their surroundings, get some exercise and burn off any extra energy before you leave for your errands or date night. This will not only tire them out but also keep things exciting when they’re home alone.
Watch Out for Stress Signs!
If you are not around to see how they are doing, make sure someone is checking up on them every now and then to make sure everything is okay. Look out for stress signs like pacing or barking as these can be signs of anxiety which could lead to your pup trying to escape their crate in search of you!
Make Sure They Have Water.
Another thing to keep in mind is that your dog should have access to water so they don’t dehydrate when it’s hot or during a time where there could be a lack of fresh drinking water available. I always put out an extra bowl just in case and check up on them every once in awhile to make sure they’re okay.
Make Sure They Have Food!
If you are leaving for no more than a few hours, then your dog can probably go without food since it’s only some time until their next meal; however if you will be gone longer than that or overnight, I would recommend feeding them before you leave so they don’t get too hungry.
Give Them a Bone!
If your pup loves their bones, you can also give them one before you leave to keep them occupied and happy while they’re home alone! This will not only fill up some of their time but it could help prevent any chewing or barking from happening when there’s nothing else for them to do.
Only Leave If You Have To!
Finally, if you really do not have to go anywhere or cannot find someone to watch your dog while you are gone, then I would recommend trying to stay home when possible. This will keep them safe and give them some company instead of being stuck in their crate all day long with nobody around.
Keep these tips in mind when you’re always on the go and want to make sure your pet is safe at home alone!