As dogs are on the increase around the world, more people want to share their lives with their four-legged friends, and mainly to satisfy their own need of wanting a dog rather than looking on how their lives can accommodate a dog. You’ll know from reading my blogs or seeing my YouTube channel that I’m a great advocate of responsible dog ownership, this starts when you decide and think through having a dog in your life.
But people are working more than ever, with longer hours and in many cases both home owners are going out to work, leaving these much wanted dogs left at home, alone. Be sure to get a breed that isn’t known for wanting that close relationship 24-hrs a day if you do know you’ll be spending the working days out the house.
Being left alone isn’t ideal for a dog as they, like us humans, have a need to form social attachments. It's these social attachments that result in our rare and shared ability to develop those close relationships we so love in our lives with species other than our own.
Puppies need to learn gradually to deal with uncomfortable feelings that isolation creates. If you can help your puppy at early development stages to deal with this and other feelings of confusion you will help your puppy develop into adulthood able to problem solve and cope with many situations, not just the feelings of isolation.
The key thing to remember about leaving Puppy alone:
This is where a crate is a great addition to your puppy's environment. Read my blog on confinement areas for more help and advice.
You can leave your puppy with complimentary therapy oils for behaviour modification, or dog appeasing pheromone that mimics the pheromones of a lactating female and is said to produce a feeling of well-being and reassurance for dogs, available in a spray form or plug in.
Sound therapy is a form of sensory education which is a new addition to behaviour modification and one I can personally recommend. I used to use the radio to help Rew settle, particularly when I left the house, so was really comforted to see the research gone into sensory education and its benefits. I was introduced to Psychoacoustic music by Lisa Spector who, along with Victoria Stilwell, reinforced a similarity of auditory cognition for both humans and canines, and developed ground-breaking music that is slow, classical and in a low frequency that is preferred by dogs. Rew loves his, as you can see in the picture below.