Sometimes you have to leave the house and can’t take your pup with you. This is normal, but if you are like me and have a dog that gets bored or hears anything weird and will bark (living in an apartment, this happens a lot.) Then there are some things you can do to try to entertain your bored lonely pup.
There are several easy ways to distract your pup, Some ways that I recommend are:
Alexa playing classical piano music is my go-to. It is soothing. It covers up sounds outside of my apartment that may trigger Lily to bark. There is also research that has been done that says classical music is the best to play for dogs to help them relax. Lily had fairly bad separation anxiety as a pup and this helped her tremendously. PS. If you are an indoor plant person, classical music has been shown to help your plants be happy as well.
I also have put peanut butter in a hollowed out bone or kong type toy then frozen it. When I know I’m going to be leaving for a little bit of time I’ll have that ready to go so I can give it to her and she doesn’t mind me leaving as much.
I put on the tv on channels or shows I normally watch because I think she may be comforted by the sounds of the familiar characters and cadences of speech. I’m not sure if this works but it does seem to comfort her as well as distracting from outside noises as well. Lily has always loved watching tv as shown in this photo of her from 5 years ago as a puppy.
DogTV is a subscription service it is a 24-hour channel aimed at keeping pups relaxed, happy and well-behaved. Many dogs are interested in the type of visual and auditory stimuli the channel produces. DogTV is a streaming app and is available anywhere in the world on Roku, AppleTV, Amazon FireTV, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices.
Find a toy that is like a puzzle for your pup’s brain, one you can fill with treats as a reward. Puzzle toys are great for distracting your pup as your leaving and after you’re gone.
I have a spot by the window that I have Lily’s bed set up. She LOVES looking out of the window. I know not everyone has a low window like that but I’ve seen some people create a space on top of a dresser with pet stairs leading up for smaller dogs or cats to see out of a nearby window. Also just having window blinds open creates sun cascading in and space for your pet to feel the warmth of the sun hit them.
We hope you have a fantastic week. Stay Safe, Live, Love, and Pet all the animals!
Jess & Lily