Many successful dog owners are also full-time working professionals. Dogs are prone to boredom during the day and may cause trouble around the home without proper attention. Puppies and high energy breeds are especially difficult when left alone for long periods of time. Take steps to ensure your dog is entertained while you are away. It is good for the mental health of your dog.
Build a Routine
Create a routine that gives your dog something to look forward to each day. The hours will pass easier when he knows you will return and have a period of play and activity. This eliminates the fear of abandonment and relaxes your dog during the day. Take him to the park, for a run or a hike each day before and after work. Intense activity before work is ideal because he will sleep for the first few hours of your work day.
Boredom leads to mischief and trouble. A bored dog will dig, attempt to escape, chew on household objects and possibly ingest dangerous objects. Leave your dog with toys that entertain for hours at a time. Safe, hard plastic and rubber chew toys are easy to find at pet stores. Purchase several and place peanut butter in a hard to reach part of the toy. Your dog will chew and lick the toy throughout the day.
Create a Community
Work with fellow dog owners in your neighborhood to create play dates and assist each other. Your neighbors can entertain your dog while you are working and you can reciprocate when they are busy. Create a schedule that works and take turns entertaining each other's pets. Local teenagers also may be available for walking and playing with your dog for a small fee.
Seek Outside Resources
Dog day care services are common and useful when your dog requires attention and no alternatives are available. Also look for local dog walking and hiking services as an option for daytime entertainment. These services are fee based but they are good for your dog and may save you the trouble of destructive behavior around your residence.
In the Workplace
Is your workplace dog friendly? Many offices and occupations allow dogs at work. Ask your supervisor for permission and do a trial run. This requires training and excellent behavior but your dog may become the new office mascot.