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Activity and puzzle toys may help to keep your dog busy and quiet while you are away from home. ___________________________________________

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may also result from boredom, frustration, indecision, and separation anxiety when their owner is away from home. Sometimes it can result from health issues, particularly in older dogs.

Providing enrichment for your dog in the form of activity toys can be helpful in occupying them. But remember, some noisy ‘squeaky’ toys can be as annoying as barking! Puzzle toys and ‘Kongs™’ allow you to hide treats inside. Retrieving the treats can occupy a dog for long periods so they may be a better choice. It is important to make sure that toys are the appropriate size for your dog so they are not at risk from choking

while you are away.

Getting them used

to

being

outside on their own while you are home can avoid separation anxiety and help them relax while you are away. They should be provided with a comfortable, secure area to spend the day. The company of another dog may also help. Dogs can play together for long periods and the security of having another dog around can help those that bark as a result of separation anxiety. You must be aware, however, that two dogs can mean ‘double trouble’, particularly where the problem is alarm barking. It is natural pack behaviour for dogs to join in the defence of their territory.

Remember, some squeaky toys can be as annoying to neighbours as

barking. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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