Dear Paws to Talk,
I have a question for you on behalf of my lovely boy Kane, a Malamute/Keeshond cross (He is a hopeless typist and speller). I don’t work regular hours, so it is difficult for us to have a routine, although we still walk for at least an hour every day and usually have time for a free run at the beach with his friends most days.
The problem is, I know Kane is broken-hearted every time I go to work. The neighbours tell me that he howls every day for 20 minutes after I go to work and then doesn’t move from the gate until I come home, unless it is raining. He has lots of toys and a comfy bed and a wonderful garden to play in. I’m not sure what I can do to make his time without me less sad. Any ideas?
-Sandy the Human
We can definitely sympathize with Kane. When our humans leave we cry too. No matter what fun we had earlier in the day we still feel sad when they depart. Thankfully we have each other to lean on and blogging has helped us pass the time.
Maybe Kane needs a job of his own? Does he have any projects he can work on while you are gone?
Otherwise, we suggest the following things:
Find a Human Companion
Hire a dog walker or companion to keep Kane company while you are gone. If you don’t have the bones to hire someone than see if a neighbor will volunteer. They are already aware of Kane’s loneliness and might be willing to cheer him up. In return, offer to do something for them.
Turn the TV On
The humans do this for us when they leave the house. Maybe he can become engrossed in reality TV or a pet show? Our new favorite show is Dogs in the City. We also, watch The Bachelor. Sometimes we get so into the shows we forget we are without humans.
Get a Furry Friend
This suggestion comes with a warning. Only do this if you and your family are prepared to welcome another pet into your home. Although, having a sibling may greatly help Kane.
Deal With It
This one is for him and you. Unfortunately, most humans at some point have to leave the house without their pets. It is a shame but nonetheless reality. Kane needs to learn that it is okay when you leave because you will always come back. You need to not feel so guilty. Perhaps a session with a dog trainer can help with this? Or pick up a book on the topic.
We hope Kane can feel more comfortable in your absence.
Bella and DiDi
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