Home Alone


This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills


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Home Alone: Keeping Fido Safe

Leaving your dog home alone is one of the hardest challenges a dog owner has to face. For
most of us, it is inevitable with the daily chores, work and social obligations. Sure, your trusted companion should be able to be at home alone, but is he or she safe? In this article, we will look at ways in which you can leave Fido home alone without having to worry.

Using Video Feed to Check on Fido

Do you ever find yourself at work worrying about your dog? When left alone, these animals are
known to become bored without the proper stimulation. This can lead to destroyed furniture. If you’re able to witness the act yourself you could politely excuse yourself in time to save your
favorite pillows. Using security cameras can also keep them out of potential risks. If you were to have a burglar intrusion or a fire from a faulty electronics, being able to check in could save your dog’s life. Those with older pets can benefit from these video feeds as well, witnessing any ailments or medical problems. Cameras are a great way to ensure that both your dog and your house are safe.

Crating While You’re Gone

Another way to keep your pet safe is by choosing to put them in a crate while you are gone. When one thinks about a crate, they picture an uncomfortable kennel out of metal. Contrary to what you might believe, there are models that make this experience more enjoyable for your dog. The Humane Society even describes crating as a requiem for your dog, eventually becoming their “den”. Crating your dog while at work lets you know that they are out of harm’s way in a comfortable space of their own.

Dog-Proofing the House

If you do not want to keep your dog confined while you are out, then dog-proofing the house is a must. This prevents them from getting into anything that could potentially call for a trip to the veterinarian. Rover provides a few ways in which you can keep your pet safe and away from potential hazards.

  • Keep all cleaning supplies and soaps out of reach.
  • Properly store all electrical wires that could be chewed on.
  • Remove any tools or other sharp objects.
  • If in a fenced yard, thoroughly scan for holes that can be squeezed through.
  • Do not leave the heater or stove turned on as a fire hazard.

Leave Them with the Basics

Regardless of where you decide to leave your dog when alone in the house, they will need a few essentials. Always be sure to check and see if your dog has enough water for the time that you will be away. Dehydration can lead to vomiting, dehydration and kidney failure. If you’re ? gone for a longer period of time, also give them their portion of food.

Check-In System

Some dogs don’t do as well when it comes to being left alone. Separation anxiety can cause a dog to become frustrated and destructive. If your dog suffers from this, it might be best to have someone check on them every few hours. You can either call upon a trusted neighbor or hire a dog walking service that can ease your dog’s sense of panic.

Beforehand Precautions

One of the best ways that you can prepare your dog for success is to prepare them for being left alone. Dog trainer Cesar Millan points out that a tired dog is less likely to freak out when you’re gone. This needs to be done before you leave for work. If it doesn’t work with your schedule, invest in a trustworthy dog walker. Also, consider leaving your dog with plenty to do such as toys and chews. This will relieve boredom, keeping them content until you get home.

You may have to leave your dog sooner or later due to work or shopping, but this does not mean that your dog has to suffer. By taking the necessary steps, your dog can be happy and healthy in your absence. Don’t fully trust them? Choose to either provide them with a comforting crate or spy on them with a camera. Regardless, it is always best to set them up for success with plenty of water and a good amount of exercise prior to leaving. Your dog would rather go with you, but they can be safe while left at home.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.