An anxious dog could leave a trail of destruction in your home. Many dog owners have discovered too late that their nervous puppy didn’t like staying alone at home during the day. Indeed, many dogs can fear separation from their owners. As a result, they can develop unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as barking at anything that scares them all day long or chewing your favorite shoes because they have your scent.
Thankfully, for dog owners, with adequate treatment, you can help your pooch calm down. Anxiety medications, for instance, can work wonders in hyper-nervous dogs. Additionally, spending plenty of quality time with your dog through playing and exercising can reduce anxiety levels. However, while these techniques are useful if you leave your dog all day at home, they are not suitable for short absence cases. Dogs can come to harm in a matter of minutes if you’re not careful. Anxiety treatments and therapy can help make sure your pooch stays safe when you’re away for a long time. But how about going to the shop for a few minutes? What can you do to keep your dog safe?
Make sure your dog can’t escape
An enthusiastic dog might be tempted to follow your car when you drive to the grocery store. Therefore, it’s a good idea to check that your dog can’t open any door or window unaided. You’d be surprised by their agility! Dogs can learn by observation, which means that many have figured out how to turn the door handle in your absence or push against the window. Unfortunately, the streets are not safe for dogs. To keep your pooch safe at home, it can be necessary to invest in a new set of windows and doors that the dog can’t open! Another tip, if you’ve got a pet door insert, is to make sure you can lock the dog flap door when you need your pet to stay at home!
Don’t leave anything toxic lying around
Human food isn’t always suited to your dog. If you want to avoid any problem, you shouldn’t leave anything in easily accessible areas. The table, the kitchen work surface, and the low shelves of your walk-in pantry need to be safe for your dog. You might know that chocolate is highly poisonous for pups. You probably don’t know that caffeinated drinks or food are bad for dogs’ nervous systems. In other words, keep your freshly ground coffee inside the cupboard! Mushroom, nuts, and avocados should be stored away too because they can cause irremediable damage to their health.
Train your dog to sit until you’re back
When you’re only gone for a few m minutes, you can train your dog to sit and wait patiently. It’s not suitable for prolonged absence, but if you’re only driving to the shop and back, you can get your dog used to sitting. Training your dog to sit and stay demands practice – and plenty of rewarding treats! But it’s a safe method to make sure your pup doesn’t wander unattended in the house when nobody’s around.
Ideally, you shouldn’t leave your dog unattended. However, dog owners don’t always have a choice! When you have to go out for a few minutes and can’t take your dog with you, it’s essential to have a plan B, so your pet is safe. Training, replacing weak doors and windows, and keeping toxic food away can tackle most issues!