are social animals and often have difficulty spending time away from their
owner. Frequently, dogs develop behavioral problems due to loneliness.
Some howl or cry while alone. Others become destructive. Such temper tantrums
often involve chewing up 'anything in sight'. Puppies tend to have the
most trouble with loneliness, though some dogs never get used to being
alone. The most obvious and usually most difficult solution to this problem
is to spend more time with your dog. Even a quick visit with your dog during
the day is helpful especially with puppies. A trick to make your dog more
comfortable is to leave the radio or TV on when you are gone. The sound
of voices is soothing. Also make sure your dog has plenty of toys, and
a place to exercise if possible. If your dog is still lonely, the other
option is to have someone walk or visit with your dog during the day. Also,
doggy day care is available in many places, here you may drop off your
dog to be taken care of during the day. If your dog's behavior is severe
and still destructive, you may need the help of a trainer or behaviorist
to help your dog adjust.