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How to Help Your Dog Overcome Loneliness at Home

How to Help Your Dog Overcome Loneliness at Home

Do dogs get lonely when they are home alone? The answer is yes!

Dogs are social animals and enjoy being with their family. However, a busy schedule can leave them home alone, which can lead to feelings of loneliness and boredom. This blog post will discuss ways to help your dog feel less lonely at home and deal with stress. It will also provide tips on keeping their mind active with toys.

1. Create a Routine

Dogs are creatures of habit and thrive on routine. Creating a regular daily routine for your pet can help them feel happier and less lonely. Stick to a routine for your dog's meals, exercise, and playtime. This gives them a predictable and structured daily life.

Feeding your dog at the same time every day helps their digestion and makes them feel secure and excited. Dogs like regular meals because it makes them happy and less lonely. Having a consistent feeding schedule can reduce your dog's worry and stress about meal times, making them feel more secure.

When dogs know when they will eat next, they feel less anxious and more at ease. This sense of security can have a positive impact on their overall well-being.

Exercise is another crucial aspect of a dog's routine that can greatly impact their emotional well-being. Exercise keeps dogs fit, sharpens their mind, and helps them release energy.

By adding exercise to your dog's daily routine, you improve their physical health and reduce loneliness. Doing activities like walks, runs, or playtime helps your dog's mind and body and makes your bond stronger.

Playtime is equally important in a dog's routine, as it allows them to engage in social interaction and mental stimulation. By scheduling daily playtime, you allow your dog to engage in activities they enjoy. These activities may include playing fetch, tug-of-war, or solving puzzles with toys.

This not only helps to alleviate boredom but also provides a sense of companionship and reduces feelings of loneliness. Regular play sessions also allow you to bond with your dog and strengthen your relationship, further enhancing their overall well-being.

2. Provide Interactive Toys

Enrichment toys are a great way to keep your dog mentally stimulated and entertained while you're away. There are plenty of benefits of enrichment toys for dogs, they relieve & reduce stress by providing mental stimulation. Your dog has to think and problem-solve to get the treats out from their toy, burning energy in the process.

Consider puzzle toys, treat-dispensing toys, or interactive toys that require your dog to work for their treats. This will not only keep them occupied but also reduce feelings of loneliness by keeping them busy.

Our range of Enrichment Toys are not only adorable, but the perfect toy to fill with treats! The Butternut enrichment toy below features SIX treat pockets that open sideways as the snoot makes its way in!

A French Bulldog enjoys biting an enrichment toy in the shape of a Butternut
A hand places a small treat into one of the pockets of a dog enrichment toy shaped like a butternut


3. Rotate Toys

To prevent your dog from getting bored with their toys, it's important to rotate them regularly. Introduce new toys and put away the ones they have already played with for a while. This will keep their interest piqued.

Hide their toy for a fun game of hide and seek; they will enjoy the physical activity of sniff work.

4. Use Scented Toys or clothes

Dogs have a keen sense of smell, and scent can play a significant role in reducing their feelings of loneliness.

Do you have an old t-shirt you no longer wear? Place it on your dog's bed so they have a smell they are used too whilst you're out.

5. Consider Doggy Daycare or Dog Walking Services

If your dog gets lonely or anxious when left alone, you could consider sending them to a doggy daycare. Another option would be to hire a dog walker. These services can provide your dog with social interaction and companionship while you're away. It can also help break up their day and prevent them from feeling lonely for extended periods.


Loneliness can have a negative impact on your dog's well-being. To make your dog happy and fulfilled, give them mental stimulation with toys, enrichment activities, and physical exercise. This will reduce their loneliness and ensure they have a good life.

Looking for an enrichment toy? We have toys for all sizes of dogs and you can also purchase our natural treats to put in them.

You can crack our Beef Liver (pictured below) into smaller pieces, making it an excellent treat option for an enrichment toy.

Beef Liver Treats For Dogs Placed In A White Bowl