Do you have a dog that has to stay home more often that you’d like? Maybe you can’t bring your dog to work or maybe your dog has some social anxieties that dictates they stay home for the evening. Either way, you’re not alone. There are many dogs that stay indoors while the humans go out for work, date night and everything in between.

Don’t feel guilty!

Many times, pet parents feel guilty for leaving their dog home alone while they go out and about. No need to feel guilty, it’s part of life and despite what you sometimes may think, your dog will be ok.

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Necessities for a dog home alone

Luckily, dogs don’t need much if you are going to have them stay home alone, however, there are a few items that are absolutely necessary.

1. Water – This is a basic necessity that all dogs need to have when left alone. Your dog should have access to clean drinking water. If you are worried about accidents or if your dog likes to slurp down water quicker than a race horse, just leave a small bowl out.

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2. Pee pads/newspaper – If your dog is pee pad trained, don’t forget to leave the pee pads out. If your dog is housebroken to go potty outside, consider training them to use pee pads, so that they can still go even when you’re not home.

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3. Blocked pathways to cords – If you have a chewer and you cannot unplug your electrical cords, be sure to band together your electrical cords and block any access paths to said cords. While it may require some furniture moving or creative thinking, better safe than sorry.

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To enclose or not to enclose?

This is often the conundrum that every pet parent faces when leaving their dog home alone. Putting your dog in a crate may be beneficial for both you and your dog. And in actuality, many dogs enjoy being in a crate, as it is their personal space. Not to mention with all the “décor crates” nowadays, many crates can double as usable furniture.

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If you’d like to give your dog a little more freedom, while still keeping them confined, consider purchasing a playpen. Yup, you read that right, a playpen. Just like we use for babies, playpens are a popular enclosure for dogs as well. If your dog is a jumper, there is the option to also purchase a playpen with a top enclosure.

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Extras for fun!

A bored dog is a dog that gets into mischief. If you want to come home to a clean house, leave some toys out for your dog to play with. Whatever toys you choose, you should double check their safety and make sure your dog knows how to properly play with any of the toys that you leave out. Generally speaking, this is not a good time to introduce new toys to your dog.

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For all the helicopter pet parents out there, having a pet camera can help reduce your anxiety about leaving your dog home alone. Through an app on your phone, you can check in on your dog at any time. For an added bonus, some cameras allow you to speak directly to your dog and/or dispense treats. Warning, this may lead to your dog staring at the pet camera for long periods of time awaiting treats.

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In the end, there is no doubt your dog will miss you and will be ecstatic when you come home. There’s no better feeling than coming home to a dog’s wagging tail and sloppy kisses!

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What are some things or items that you leave out for your dog when you go out? Share with us in the comments.

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