5 Best Ways To Make It Up To A Pup Who’s Been Home Alone All Day

You work, so naturally you have to leave your dog home alone. Between your job, bills, and taking care of your human relationships, it is sometimes easy to take your pup for granted and put their needs on the back burner. If you want to make it up to your pup, here are five great ways to do so.

1. Treat Your Pup To Dinner

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Most of the time, you may not feel like cooking after a long day of work. Kill two birds with one stone by taking out your pup to a pet friendly restaurant. Reconnect with your furry friend at a restaurant with an outdoor patio and feel free to give them a scrap or two of your chicken wrap.

2. Go Out And Socialize

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We all know that dogs are pack animals. They need as much social interaction (if not more) than people do. After a long day at the office, take your pup to your local park, dog park or beach. Not only will your dog appreciate the outdoor time, but interacting with other pups is super healthy for your pup. If dog parks are too daunting for your pup, take them to hang out with their favorite canine (or other human!) friend on a play date.

3. Teach Your Pup A New Trick

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If your dog is home alone for six to eight hours (even a visit from a dog walker may not be enough stimulation) they will need some mental stimulation once you are home. Try really connecting with your dog by teaching them a new trick. Not only will it be mentally stimulating for your pup, but it will also be a positive bonding experience.

4. Spoil Your Pup With Toys

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While any psychiatrist will tell you that money/material goods cannot buy you love, it sure doesn’t hurt. Buy your pup a fun puzzle interactive treat game and play it with them. Set it up for when you are gone as well so they have some stimulation when you are busy at work. We have rounded up some of our favorite toys to keep your pup occupied for hours on end: Top 10 Dog Toys. Be crafty too! You can take old socks and transform them into a toy that has your smell all over it. Even better!

5. Enjoy Some One On One Time

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It’s easy to call watching Netflix with your dog on the couch “quality time.” For some lazier, cuddly dogs, this may actually be an ideal bonding experience. Consider your dog’s needs. Take 15 minutes of your time that you would normally spend checking social media, watching a DVR’d TV show, or going over tomorrow’s agenda for the umpteenth time and spend it exclusively with your dog. Take them for an extra long walk, pet them uncontrollably and tell them how much you love them, or play tug of war with them. This little amount of time means the world to your pup, and will make you feel wonderful as well.

If you are a working pup parent, what do you do to make up for the time you are gone? Let us know in the comments or tweet me @maggieclancy

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