We were created to seek the attention of others from time to time. We crave love and companionship – and our dogs are no different.
Pets look forward to interaction with their owners and without the proper attention they desire, your dog might engage in unwanted behaviors.
While every dog’s needs are different, many pets would love to spend every hour of the day with their pet parents.
But with life being what it is, it can be challenging for many owners to carve out time in their busy schedules to meet those needs.
As a result, many pooches spend at least 8 to 10 hours alone, while their owners work during the day – not to mention the other things that place a demand on your time at home, like spouses or children.
How do you know when your pet needs attention?
One thing about pets is that they are usually make it pretty obvious that when they want to spend more time with you.
Some dogs will act out by chewing on shoes, scratching up furniture or tearing up trash.
Others might resort to more internal behaviors like barking, whining, vomiting, pretending to be lame, chasing imaginary flies, and even causing injury to themselves.
Dogs can actually become frustrated when attention is lacking, which can lead to separation anxiety or even aggression.
The difficult part is that many pet parents try to make sure their dogs are walked and cared for. They want to provide their pooches with the love and support they need, but it may be hard to find the kind of time that a pet desires.
One thing you may need to keep in mind, is that how you respond to your dog can make the difference between whether he continues gnawing on your favorite blanket or stops his attention seeking-behavior altogether.
In this situation, dogs are looking for attention, whether good or bad – so it’s important to ignore any behavior that you don’t want.
But before things get better, they might get worst when your pet realizes that he can’t get a rise out of you.
Stick with it. Once he sees that he’s not getting the attention that he’s looking for, the negative behavior will begin to cease.
Some experts also recommend “bridging stimulus” to help get the results you want.
Things like a tuning fork, hand-held bell or the sound of the keys on a piano, could be used to signal to your dog – right before you ignore attention-seeking activities – that you will not give in to poor behavior.
This is something that has to be done consistently in order to work.
The Barking Lot also recommends reinforcing positive behavior and spending more time with your pet to ensure that your dog has no reason to engage in activities that are less than desirable to get your attention.
And if you’re worried about your pet being alone too often why not try out our at-home dog walking services?