New Pup Wellness
Challenge: Structure

From West Paw Dog Behaviorist—Rita Viel

Posted April 07, 2020

In recent weeks, the humans and dogs of the world have had our daily routines upended, and while we are all enjoying more time together with our families and pets, it’s important to provide them structure and routine. Implementing some things today will help make the transition back to “normal” easier when the time comes.


What can responsible pet parents do to help?

The below suggestions for “alone time” is for dogs that do well with being alone normally. If your dog has severe difficulties with staying alone normally, we recommend asking support from a certified dog trainer or dog behaviorist.

Alone Time

If you normally leave your dog at home alone, then find time to give him some alone time. We all need it right now!

Don’t allow your dog to follow you everywhere in the house.

If you are not able to leave the house right now, go to another room in your home and close the door, discouraging your dog from following you.

Take a short walk around the house without your dog once and a while.

If you get back (or you come out of the room), be calm and don’t make it too special as to cause excitement and restlessness.

Occupy and reward them with a treat toy when you’re away.

  • When you leave the house or you go in another room, give your dog a treat toy filled with treats, like the Toppl, Qwizl or Tux, giving them a positive experience during your absence.
  • Be aware of your dog's chewing behaviors. If you have a dog that is a tough chewer then choose the Qwizl or Tux and be sure to supervise.

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