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What to do when leaving your dog at home for a short period of time

Dogs truly are man’s best friend. They’re loyal, and loving and provide non-stop entertainment for the whole family. In the UK alone, there are an estimated 13 million pet dogs which only begins to highlight how popular they are.

We never want to be without our pups but sometimes we have to leave them behind for a short while. Be that for nipping to the shops for some milk, getting your car washed or meeting a friend for a quick coffee.

If you’re worried about leaving your dog behind when you go out for a short period of time then this is just the guide for you. We’ll discuss how you can make your dog feel better about being left behind which will, in turn, make you feel better when you go out. Read on to find out more.

What is a short period of time?

As we emphasised earlier, a short period of time is usually just rushing out of the house to run errands which your dog won’t be bothered about being a part of.

How long you leave your dog is ultimately up to you but it is recommended that you leave them for no longer than 4 hours at a time as this can stir up a lot of anxiety in your hound which nobody wants.

How can you make them feel more at home while you’re away?

When you do utilise the following tips, you’ll enjoy a happier pup when they’re alone:


Some dogs are very needy so you’ll need to start off by training them to be by themselves while you’re in the house. Get them to stay in their bed in a separate room to you for a while and get used to their own company. Next, instruct your dog to stay while you leave. Continue to do this but increase the time apart over a period.

Now when you leave the house, your dog will feel more comfortable being by themselves but don’t worry, they’ll still be excited to have you back.

Take them for a long walk before you leave them

Our doggies get tired after a walk and so, this is probably the best time to leave as they rest at home. After the walk, give your dog a small amount of dog food especially for sensitive stomachs before you leave so they are fed and ready to have one of their many naps of the day.

Background noise

If your pooch is used to a noisy home then it will be very strange when everyone has left and there is only silence left. Why not turn the radio on before you leave so they can hear music and human voices whilst you’re away.

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