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Pets Left Home Alone – With Anxiety

If Bowser becomes a weapon of mass destruction when home alone, the cause could simply be boredom, anxiety, or fear. To counter the boredom factor, be sure he has plenty of toys to chew, pull, and toss. Help him relax by leaving the radio or TV on at low volume while you’re out. Soothing music and the sound of voices comforts a lonely pooch and may be enough to ease his anxiety. Finally, come and go calmly. If you don’t make a big fuss of your departure and return, he might not, either… DogAge Tip

Leaving your pup in a crate (or cage) for regularly or for extended periods of time is also not the answer.  There is a growing movement against cage or crate training for the purpose of housing your dog regularly or for extended periods of time. Initial crate training to get pups used to a crate or carrier for travel or visitation situations, for their safety, or to give them a comfortable place to retreat to, on their own, but with the door unlocked, should be the goal; not for regular housing.  Recent studies and common sense have shown that regular and extensive cage confinement can cause aggression, nervousness, and increase barking when your pet is finally out of their cage and can cause or exasserbate bladder and kidney problems in future years.

 If you have left your dog caged regularly or for extended periods of time, it will probably take them awhile to calm down and adjust to being out and home alone.  So there may be some incidents of chewing or extended barking; TV or music may help that.

If your dog is very destructive, professional training is suggested.  Other options are confining them to a kitchen or service porch area, with their cage accessable but left open, but where they can walk around and access their food, water and a piddle pad or doggie door if needed.  Soothing music, a small TV on the counter and toys, as well as hiring a dog walker, always help!

Be a responsible and sensitive pet parent.  Crate training and regular confinement has been promoted by pet store owners and crate manufacturers to entice people to purchase pets while requiring minimal effort or adustment and sacrifice on their part, upping pet sales as well as the sale of crates and other related products.  It is not in the best interest of the pet.  It is in the best interest of the owner.

Animals, like children, add love and companionship to our lives, but require a certain amount of adjustment and sacrifice.  Clean and perfect homes and houses become a thing of the past; a small price for best friend.  All relationships require compromise and adjustment if they are to be successful and mutually fulfilling… with pets as well as with humans.

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Animal Rights And Awareness, Just One More Pet, Pets, Stop Animal Cruelty, Success Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments