Pet owners know the struggle, when you leave your beloved furry friends at home while you are out at work or running errands guilt consumes you, but fresh research has shown pets are actually enjoying a taste of the VIP life while left home alone.
It can be a stressful time for pets when they are home alone for long periods of the day, it often leads to them acting out by destroying furniture, worrying and barking a lot.
To combat these difficult daily episodes, research carried out by Super Saver Oil revealed owners are now making sure their best buds are well looked after, relaxed and, most importantly, completely unaware they are alone.
The average dog is left home alone for a staggering six hours a day, which means that’s six hours for your pooches to potentially destroy your couch, favorite shoes, carpet or pretty much anything else they can sink their teeth into.
To avoid maximum doggy destruction, owners are using these simple tactics.
A survey of 1,002 British and Irish dog owners conducted by the heating oil supplier, has revealed owners are treating their pets to luxuries to make up for them being out for long stretches.
According to the research, more than two thirds of dog owners, 69%, feel guilty about leaving their pet home alone for more than five hours, and one in ten feel guilty about leaving their dog at home on its own, even if it’s only for an hour at a time.
As such, Britain and Ireland’s animal lovers are going to extreme lengths to keep their four-legged friends comfortable and happy whilst they’re away from home.
The survey found that 65% of owners will leave the heating on to make sure their dog is nice and cozy.
Of those surveyed, 53% say they leave a light on for their pets whilst they’re out of the house at night, with 48% also claiming to turn the radio on to give their pooch some company.
A dedicated one in four, 25%, even admit to leaving the TV so their pampered pup has some entertainment. Bizarrely, 15% of owners believe their dog even has a favorite TV show.
Mark Hackett, project manager at Super Saver Oil, said on the research: “It’s lovely to see how much people care about their animals.”
Hackett added: “I expect there are some cases where the animals are actually receiving more luxuries than the owners themselves, especially when it comes to the heating as this is something people can be notoriously stingy about.
I have to say, I love the notion that dogs might have favorite TV shows – some of these pets are absolutely living their best lives.”
The rest of the things dog owners admit to doing for their pooch while they’re out were; leaving treats out (24%), take the dog for an extra long walk before they go (20%), leave toys out (19%), hire a dog walker (12%), arrange a doggy playdate (10%), and hire a sitter (5%).