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Top Ideas for keeping your pets entertained while you're at work

1. Leave the Television on

Yes, TV, leave your television on with the Animal Planet channel on, the sights and sounds will make the dogs feel like they are not alone and stimulate their brain in a quiet house, also keeping them from getting into mischief.

2. Provide ways for your dog to look out of a window

Make sure that curtains are open for your dog to be able to watch the outside world while you are at work, if you have a small dog you can place a chair that they can get onto near to a closed window so they can see out.

3. Fill a toy with treats

There are many toys around at the moment, that allow you to place small nibbles inside or peanut butter. These types of toys can keep them entertained for hours, trying to get to the treats inside. Another good way is to freeze the peanut butter inside before you leave the house.

Kong & Buster are a couple of companies that do a great range of fillable toys.

4. Treasure Treat Hunt

Hide a stuffed food puzzle toys or small piles of her kibble around your house. Scatter a couple of handfuls of kibble in the areas where your dog hangs out during the day and she’ll have fun hunting her treats while you’re at work.

He/She will learn to associate your leaving for the day with a positive – as opposed to a negative – emotion

5. Give your dog a block of ICE

In the heat of Dubai this is a really good one, fill your ice cream container with various treats and then add your water and freeze. Take one out in the morning and give it to your dog… its no only cooling but their lick until they get to the treats.

6. Calming aids

If your pet is nervous or anxious you can acquire many calming supplements that contain melatonin which helps to relax your pet while you are out.

7.Enroll your dog in doggy daycare

There are plenty of doggy daycares in Dubai that provide a pickup and drop off service to look after your dog for the day and allow him/her to interact with other dogs

8. Dog Walker

Many reputable pet care facilities include a dog walking service. They send a bonded, experienced person to your home to walk your pooch on regularly scheduled visits.

9. Take your dog for an early morning long walk

Some older dogs are happy having a long walk in the morning and then sleeping all day to relax so a good walk to get out all the energy is a good idea before you leave for work.

10. Purchase Dog Dental Chews

Giving your dog plenty of her own toys and dental chews will help prevent her from gnawing on your things. Additionally, dental chews help to keep her teeth clean and freshen her breath.

11. Introduce a new toy

A new toy can add some excitement during the day while your dog is home alone. A tough chew toy that can’t be torn apart while you’re gone is best, just in case your dog likes to gobble things up. Also, rotate her toys…after a day or two, put one toy away so it’s out of sight and mind, and bring out another to replace it.

12. Add a water fountain

These are great for dogs that drink a lot of water and prefer running water. I know one of my cats will only drink from a tap so this was a great investment.

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