Leaving Your Pet Alone: Bobby is reunited Monday 01 August 2016 @ 10:00
This week, we read about the reunion of the beautiful Bobby with her family.
Jeremy got Bob as a pound dog 9 years ago, when she was only around six months old. One morning, at 1 a.m., Jeremy experienced absolute horror when he discovered that Bobby had gone missing. Like any dog owner, he was concerned for her wellbeing, but the situation was made all the more urgent by the fact that Bobby was not used to being on her own and had no idea of the area, having only moved to the area four months before.
Jeremy and his family left the gate open and began their search, but to no avail. The next day, he walked all the streets, before attaching signs to his car bearing her description and driving all over his suburb from dawn to dusk. Bobby was registered with various pet sites, and posters of her were stuck up all over the area.
Thank you for doing this. It really does help.
Bobby and Jeremy were eventually reunited, thanks to Jeremy’s refusal to give up - a happy ending to an issue which affects all too many pet owners.
So how can you protect yourself and your pet from this situation?
How to help your pet get used to being alone
Losing your pet is always stressful. But this stress is even further amplified when you’re painfully aware of the fact that they’ve never spent time alone before. While dogs shouldn’t be left alone for too long, it’s important that they’re able to cope by themselves every now and then, because you can’t always be there to watch them.
Your first step in this branch of training is deciding where you want to leave your dog alone. A common preference here is a kitchen or utility room, and these are generally the rooms which will be easiest to clean in the case of unexpected messes. This is an acceptable choice, although it’s important not to make the mistake of only bringing your dog into this area when you’re leaving them. Your pet needs to be left in an area where they are relaxed and comfortable, and not one which they have come to associate with anxiety and isolation.
Once you have chosen an area and made it a safe and comfortable space for your pet, you’re ready to begin training. This can be done in five, fairly simple steps:
- Begin by encouraging your pet to go to their bed and stay there with you for a while. Once they have waited quietly in their bed for some time, reward them.
- Call your pet to their bed again, this time slowly moving away. If they stay quietly, return and reward them.
- Repeat this step, moving a little further and staying away a little longer each time. The extent to which you increase the distance and time each time will depend on your pet, with some requiring a much slower pace than others. If your pet reacts or moves from its bed, don’t reward it and repeat the previous stage until it is ready.
- Begin going out through the door before returning to reward your pet. Next, go outside and shut the door behind you. Repeat this, going out for a little longer each time. Always return to reward your pet between each trip.
- When you reach the stage where your pet can happily be left alone for up to an hour, you should be able to comfortably be able to leave them alone for longer periods. Always remember to leave your pet something to play with or keep them busy while you’re out, otherwise they may be inclined to get up to no good!
Don’t let your pet get bored!
If your pet has a habit of causing mischief when they’re left alone, there’s a pretty high likelihood that they’re getting bored while you’re out of the house. Here are a few of our top tips for keeping them entertained while they’re alone:
- Give your pet a suitable toy (or bone) to keep them occupied while you’re out of the house. You can make this their special toy by only giving it to them when they’re alone or separated from you for some reason.
- Leave your pet special food to keep them occupied, such as cheese or peanut butter mixed in with their biscuits, or a meat-flavoured chew.
- Invest in a treat ball, cube or puzzle which you can fill with dry treats - something your pet will have to work or play with in order to get to the treats.
- These treats and toys will keep your pet busy by giving them mental stimulation. Any other toy which will mentally stimulate your pet can also work!
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