Home alone after a fun-filled holiday is kinda ruff
AS THE holidays come to an end, it's not just Warwick residents who may be lamenting the return to work and school for another year.
The end of the break can also be a difficult time of year for dogs that started getting used to having company day in day out and now find themselves bored.
And for some canine owners, that means more holes in the garden, more chewed-up shoes and sometimes a not-so-welcoming surprise of mess when you return home of an evening.
Leading veterinarian Dr Rod Straw said idleness in domestic dogs was an overlooked issue by many pet owners and compiled a list of the top eight ways to ease the stress and boredom for your dog.
- Puzzles and toys - a great way to keep your dog occupied while you are away.
- Chewing bones - in addition to helping dogs to keep busy, a chewing bone can also provide dental benefits by helping to control plaque.
- Treasure hunts - hiding small amounts of food around the garden.
- Morning walks - this can assist your dog to burn excess energy, helping them to feel more settled during the day.
- Evening games - this gives them something to look forward to at the end of the day.
- Food distributors - as your dog will need to play with the dispenser to reach their food, it may hold their attention for longer than other toys.
- Dog day care - the occasional trip to dog day care can be a great way to break up your dog's week
- Dog walkers - if you don't have time to walk your dog, engaging a dog walking service is a good way to ensure your dog stays in its regular exercise routine.