Did you know that dogs can bet bored?
Dogs, much like people, need mental stimulation, and when they don’t get it, they often get bored. The symptoms of boredom in dogs can include aggression, chewing, whining, listlessness, digging and even biting. Unfortunately, some dog owners don’t recognize boredom as a problem, and dogs are punished for the unpleasant behaviors associated with boredom, without ever correcting the real problem by providing mental stimulation for the pet.
So, you have a bored dog. What can you do about it?
There are many things you can do to keep your dog from becoming bored or to relieve their boredom.
- Training – One of the best ways to keep your dog mentally stimulated is by continually training them. Whether you’re training your dog to do a simple trick, such as shaking or rolling over, or a more complicated trick, like bringing the newspaper to you, continuous training helps to keep your dog’s mind sharp.
- Exercise – When a dog is tired, they are a lot less likely to get bored. Exercising your dog on a daily basis is good for them on both a physical and a mental level, particularly if you change up your exercise routine often.
- Get out of the house – If your dog is only ever in your house or yard, they can quickly become bored. Introducing your dog to new sights and smells helps to keep their mind sharp and entertained.
Keep your dog entertained with interactive toys.
You can’t always walk your dog or take them on an adventure, but it’s essential to keep your dog’s mind active, even when you are stuck at home. One of the best ways to keep your dog entertained while you’re at home is by providing them with interactive toys. Here are some examples of interactive toys that dogs love:
- Puzzle toys – Puzzles help to sharpen your dog’s memory, problem-solving and recall skills. Plus, they keep dogs entertained for hours!
- Treat-dispensing toys – Treat-dispensing toys are irresistible to dogs because they combine their two favorite things: toys and treats! Your dog is likely to get bored very quickly when there are treats on the line, just make sure that you are choosing the right treat options to avoid giving your dog too much fat.
- Sensory toys – Sensory toys are toys that are designed to stimulate your dog’s senses through sounds, textures, etc. Squeaky toys are some of the most common sensory toys for dogs, and they love them!
- Indestructible toys – If your dog is a strong and heavy chewer, you might find yourself buying new chew toys way more often than you might like. If so, indestructible toys are great options for dogs like yours, and they will keep your furry friend entertained for extended periods of time.
Make mental stimulation a part of your routine.
Bored dogs don’t always behave, and keeping your dog mentally stimulated helps to keep them healthy, so make it a point to include mental stimulation for your dog in your daily routine.