When you are away from home it is important to keep your home safe and secure. If you have pets, you also know how difficult it can be to keep them occupied and comfortable. In addition to making a mess around the house while you are away, your pets could get into your valuables, or damage furniture, and other decorations. When you are at work, this can be especially tough to manage because your schedule may vary and throw off the routine of your pet. By taking a few simple steps, you will be able to make your pets comfortable during the workday, while also keeping your home secure.
Use Sound to Maintain Stimulation
In a lot of cases, pets become destructive simply because there is no stimulation when you are away from home. If your pets are used to constant attention, they may become anxious when you are at work and therefore, find new ways to keep entertained. By leaving on a television during the day, you can create a distraction that will act as a comforting and familiar noise for your pet. In addition, keeping a TV on or programing a radio to play periodically is a way to deter residential burglary. If you do not want to pay to have your TV on all the time, many stereos can be set to turn on and off at certain times during the day.
Give Your Pets Freedom to Be Themselves
One of the biggest reasons that pets make a mess when you are at work is that they are unable to be as free as they are when you are home. This includes being able to go outside and relieve themselves. Instead, your pets have to ignore basic instincts until you get home. A dog, for example, likely doesn’t know what time you will be home each day; therefore, cannot plan on whether or not to “hold it” until you arrive home. Instead of putting your pets through this, you can install a pet door that allows them to go in and out as they wish.
Provide Familiar Toys and Objects to Play With
If you decide to confine your pet to a specific area in the home, such as the kitchen with access to a doggie door, it is smart to give your pet things to do during the day. Favorite toys, old shirts that have your scent on them, and food and water will help your pet feel more comfortable when you are at work so that you do not have to deal with the hassle of cleaning up when you get home.
It is important to note that there is not a single solution that will work 100 percent of the time. The key is to introduce an environment that is comforting, so that your pet does not mind being left alone while you are working for hours each day. Reward good behavior and, if possible, start by slowly increasing the amount of hours each day that you are gone. Having a friend or neighbor stop by to check in for a few days can help ease the transition when you have to increase or change your work schedule. You can also talk with a pet expert about the breed of pet you have so you can get tips that will be tailored to fit their personality.