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					If you have to leave your dog/dogs alone in the           With a new dog or a puppy get the dog/pup           make your absence an easier transition for your
kennel/house, the following are tips to hep                familiar with your daily routine as soon as         dog ensure when you are home and do not always
prevent your dog/dogs barking and causing                  possible.                                           give in to his demands for attention.
nuisance to neighbours.
Safe Retreat                                           Provide Diversions
Make sure that when you are out your dog feels         Activity toys may keep your dog busy and happy
both happy and safe by:                                when you are out. These come in a variety of
                                                       shapes/colours and prices, the principle however is
   Providing a proper bed or safe/cosy den with       the same, the idea being that the toy is stuffed with
    access to this even when you are at home, in       food treats which the dog releases by
    for example an enclosed corner or in a dog         rolling/chewing/licking the toy.
    cage with comfy bedding that he has learned to
    see as his own. If you are only going out for a
    couple of hours leave him in his safe retreat
    (with water) so he can view the time as his rest
                                                                                                               Your dog will be grateful for a rest if you keep him
                                                                                                               active at other times. If you can, take him for a
   Your door is likely to become anxious if he runs                                                           long walk or a good run off the lead, before leaving
    out of water so ensure that you leave out a                                                                him.
    large fresh bowlful before departing.
                                                          Try to leave a battery operated radio on, so it     Try teaching him a new trick, like shaking a paw or
                                                           sounds as though someone is still in the            rolling over, mental activity is often tiring for dogs.
                                                           house.                                              Join obedience or agility classes to give him
                                                                                                               something new to think about.

                                                       Arrivals and Departures
                                                                                                               Friends and Neighbours
                                                       Try to keep all your arrivals and departures as low
                                                       key as possible and ignore any excitable behaviour      Just because you have to go out, doesn’t mean
                                                                                                               that your dog needs to be alone, is there a dog
   If your dog takes comfort in cuddles he may        from your dog at these times. If you make a fuss of
                                                       him before you leave or upon your return, it will       friendly neighbour you could let him into the garden
    appreciate being left with a soft toy or fleecy
                                                       make the contrast of your absence more bearable.        or take him for a walk?        Or a dog-mad, but
                                                       If your dog jumps up and is excitable when you          responsible teenager who would be happy to have
                                                       come in, try greeting other members of the family       your dog for the day?
   Use blinds or curtains or a door to block any
    street activity.                                   and making a cup of coffee before saying hello to
                                                       him.                                                    Younger and older dogs in particular will need to
                                                                                                               be let out to the toilet, as they may not be as able
                                                       Similarly, don’t try to make up for your absence by     to hold on for more than a few hours. If you are
                                                       making a fuss of your dog when you are at home,         really stuck speak with your Vet about dog walkers
                                                       as this will make him all the more dependant on         in your area.
                                                       your company and reluctant to see you leave. To
Do’s and Don’ts

    Leave a radio for company/cover background      For further information please contact:

     Make sure your dog’s had lots of exercise and
     stimulation before leaving him alone for any
     period of time.
                                                     Environmental Health
                                                     Environment Services
    Ensure he has plenty of fresh water.            Stirling Council
    Consider getting expert help if he is unhappy
     and destructive when you are out. Contact
     your Local Dog Warden.
                                                     Municipal Buildings
                                                     8-10 Corn Exchange Road
                                                     FK8 2HU

    Never leave him for excessive long periods.
                                                     Telephone: 0845 277 7000
                                                                                                Can be avoided
    Allow him constant access when you are at
    Punish your dog if he’s made a mess while

     you’re away.
     Make to much fuss when you leave or return
                                                                                               Guidance for owners of
     Get a second dog for company!
                                                                                                 dogs left alone in the

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