Apartment life has many benefits, and you will find much to keep you busy close to home, but that does not negate the fact that you are going to have to go to work sometimes. More and more apartment communities are welcoming pets, but you can’t simply let your pet out into the backyard to play while you’re gone. Even if you have a townhome that has a yard, a bored pet is likely to dig out and create mischief. Thankfully, you can take measures to keep your pet busy while you’re gone for the day. Here are some ideas from the team at The Village at Commonwealth.
- Tire Him Out
One of the best ways to address a bored pet is to tire him out before you leave. Take your dog for a walk or a run or have an extensive play session before you go to work. Yes, you might need to get up a little earlier to accomplish this, but the reward – a pet that is happy and content to rest while you are gone – is well worth sacrificing a little shut-eye. You may need a repeat performance when you get home, so reserve some energy for your furry companion after a day at the office.
- Use Treat-Dispensing Toys
Treat-dispensing toys are designed to encourage mental activity and physical movement. They have to be batted, chewed, moved, or manipulated, but will eventually release a treat to reward your pet for this effort. You will find quite a few toys that have this feature in the market, ranging from a very simple peanut-butter-filled Kong toy to a more complex digital toy that releases treats with movement. These will encourage your dog or cat to play while you are gone, keep their brains engaged, and reward them with a tasty treat for their efforts.
- Create a Playroom
Create a room in your home that is designated for your pet while you are gone. Pet-proof it and add plenty of safe toys and chewable items. Even if it is a small room, like a laundry room or bathroom, having this safe space will limit unexpected messes and destruction while you’re away.
- Turn on the TV
Believe it or not, the TV can keep your dog calm and comfortable while you’re away. Turn the TV on to a channel with animals on it and leave it on while you are gone. Some pets will actually watch the animals on screen, while others benefit from the noise when the house is quiet. Just make sure you don’t turn the volume up high enough to annoy your neighbors.
Leaving your pet while you go to work is sometimes hard, but you can make the transition easier on your furry companion. With a little bit of planning, you can make your apartment a fun and interactive place, even while you are gone for the day.
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