2. Make sure the alone time is fun
Encourage your pets to have fun whilst they are home alone. We want to give them amazing things to do when they are not directly with you, to create positive associations. Food rewards suit most pets, so on departure consider giving your pet a food puzzle or chew toy filled with appropriate treats; they won’t even know you’re gone!
You can start to introduce some activities as well, such as hiding a chew toy filled with treats and teaching them to find it. You can start making the toy very easy to find, and gradually make it more difficult for them to locate it. This is more suitable for a single dog home, as there is a risk of fighting over the prize in a multi-dog home.
With cats, ensure they have multiple places to hide (e.g cardboard boxes) and climb; get creative and utilise the vertical space in your home.