A bored dog is not a happy dog. Mental and physical stimulation are both paramount to a dog’s health; lack of stimulation can cause anxiety, loss of appetite and obesity. Dog love routines and having a “job” to do, but getting your dog the stimulation they need can be challenging sometimes. Especially if your work requires you to be away from them for long periods of time.

Here are 4 ways you can keep your dog happy and healthy while you are at work:

1. Leave The TV On For Them

Leaving your tv on for your dog is a great way to keep them distracted. Youtube has tons of videos that are made just for dogs, featuring relaxing music and imagery for them to watch. You could also try leaving your tv on a channel that you usually watch so your dog feels like you are home.

2. Give Them An Interactive Toy Filled With Treats

Interactive toys are another way to keep your dog busy while you work. Fill a Kong toy with peanut butter or your dog’s favorite treat for hours of entertainment. There are also puzzle toys that require your dog to use their brain to figure out how to get the treats. Puzzle toys are can be very beneficial to a dog’s mental health.

3. Swap Out Their Toys

Introduce new toys to your dog every so often and swap out the ones they’re currently using so they have new stimuli. You can repeat this process with two groups of toys that you keep swapping out.

4. Use Dog City Services

Dog City is the best way to keep your dog busy while you’re at work! Whether it’s getting them socialized at daycare, boarding for the long weekend, or going for daily walks, Dog City has you covered with care and protection you can trust.