1. Have a playmate-I have three dogs and they chill out in my laundry room when I am not home. They have a tug rope in there and each other to play with. When they get tired they have each other to cuddle up with as well. If you are a busy person, consider a second dog OR consider letting your dog stay with a friend's pet sometimes when you are not home.
2. Treat them to some antlers- Forget raw hide chew bones, antlers are the way to go. I save these for the days I know I will be gone for a majority of the day and night. They truly love them and it takes them a while to finish one.
3. Put on the television- I have to admit, I haven't gotten to the point where I have installed a TV to the wall in the laundry room, BUT...I do have a co-worker who has a dog that loves to watch the Dog Channel.
4. Change up the toys-Get your dog toys that promote problem solving and rotate the toys. Do not leave all his toys with him all day, every day. Give him some toys Monday and Tuesday and then switch those out to something else the other days of the week. Also, keep some toys aside for just when you are home.
5. Build a dog run- If you have the space and resources, you could create a doggie door that goes outside to a fenced (and locked) dog run area. This would allow your dog an opportunity to get more exercise during the day and this is very important for active dog breeds.
Finally, I have to mention that most days my dogs are not alone for more than eight hours, and they do go to work with me sometimes, as well as travel to soccer games and other family outings. I teach; so my dogs do get to see me a lot more than some dogs that have owners with more demanding hours. Even busy people can save a dog from spending a life in the pound. Although it takes some creative planning and outside of the box thinking, dogs can live happy lives with even the busiest people. I hope these ideas will help you and your dog.