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Keeping Your Dog Entertained When You’re Not Home

Finding something that your pets can do when you’re not home is a challenge many working pet parents face. After all, unpleasant behaviors such as clawing, barking, gnawing, and digging can result from pet boredom and separation anxiety.

Thankfully, there are several methods to keep your dog entertained while you are away, which we’ll discuss in this article.

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Entertained When You’re Away

Here are five ways to keep your dog entertained when you’re not around.

Provide Toys

Toys are an excellent method to keep your dog occupied when you are not around, especially those that can dispense treats.

Your options such as chew toys, puzzling toys, and interactive toys. Make sure you do your due diligence in researching about the best toys, such as the pros and cons, to ensure your dog’s safety.

Leave the TV On

Leaving the television on can also help keep your dog busy while you’re away. Many dogs like watching television, and there are even channels dedicated to them. By leaving your TV on, not only can you keep your dog entertained, but also stimulated.

Get Another Dog

Many dogs feel better when they have a companion. Getting a second puppy is a significant commitment, but it can have multiple benefits, especially when it comes to keeping your dog entertained when you’re not at home.

That said, don’t be hasty in adopting your second pet. If possible, bring your dog to the shelter so that you can see how they bond. If they seem to get along well, then you might consider getting a second pet.

Create an Outdoor Space

Creating an outdoor play area is another effective way to keep your dog entertained when you’re not around. Consider installing a doggy door so that your pet can come and go as they please.

You can also add some outdoor toys and activities, such as an agility course or a digging box. Just make sure the area is secure to keep your pet safe and add a surveillance camera if possible.

Hire a Dog Walker or Sitter

If you’re going away for a prolonged amount of time, consider employing a dog walker or sitter. Not only can they keep your pet entertained when you’re not at home, but they can also give them the exercise and attention they need.

Additionally, they can do any required care activities, like feeding your dog and replacing their water bowls.


Keeping your dog emotionally and physically well is equally important – especially if you’re not around. Always remember that a happy dog is a healthy dog!

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