Home Alone: Canine Edition! The Good, The Bad and The Chewed-Up Couch

Pet owners love being greeted at the door by their furry companions — but coming home to see the sofa in chunks on the floor amid the smiling jowls of our pet isn’t the welcome we hope for.”We all love spending time with our dogs, but we need to leave them at home alone sometimes,” says certified dog trainer, Laura Roach, from the nationally trusted pet care franchise; Camp Bow Wow. “Nobody wants to come home to chewed-up shoes or ripped furniture. A tired dog is a good dog, so it’s important to give them exercise and socialization.”


Ensuring your pooch is well-behaved while you’re gone is an important piece of dog training, but that doesn’t mean they should remain cooped up all day. Dogs need exercise, and if they’re left alone indoors for too long, they can develop behavioral or health issues or leave a messy accident behind for you to clean up.

As Roach noted, an over abundance of both energy and boredom usually explains why some dogs go nuts when left alone. See what professional dog trainers recommend to curb chewing antics…


  1. Drop your dog off at doggy day care several days a week. Services like those at Camp Bow Wow provide over 100 convenient locations across the country, where your pup can play and socialize all day while you are at work.
  2. Hire a pet sitter from a service like Rover to care for your dog when you are not home.
  3. Purchase some interactive dog toys from Chewy to keep your pet busy while you’re gone. Interactive toys are puzzles that challenge your dog’s mind and make them more likely to rest when they are done playing.
  4. Keep your pet stimulated. When dogs are mentally exhausted, they don’t have time to think about getting into trouble. In addition to buying toys that are designed to be challenging, pet owners can use the brain training for dogs course by clicking here to improve on their training and behavior.

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