Imagine this scenario: You work hard all day. You come home ready to relax. You walk in the house to a disaster. A knocked over trash can, a shredded up throw pillow, and your favorite shoe was destroyed. Perhaps dog boredom may have gotten the best of someone…
You look at your lovable fur baby who is SO excited you are home, and you know they are guilty. You want to get mad at them, but can we really blame them?
Your dog has been home alone all day, most likely with no physical or mental stimulation, and they are BORED. Dog Boredom is a real problem that requires real solutions.
What are some symptoms that your dog is bored?
So you’ve noticed your dog exhibiting some of these behaviors. What can you do about it?
The most important part is do NOT get mad at them. Having destructive behaviors due to over boredom and lack of stimulation (both physical and mental) is NOT their fault.
INCREASE PHYSICAL EXERCISE
I can’t stress the importance of this one enough, your dogs NEED daily physical exercise. Yes, every breed is different, but all dogs need to keep moving. For most dogs, going outside to go potty is simply not enough.
Some tips to increase their physical exercise:
INCREASE MENTAL STIMULATION WITH TOYS/GAMES
What many dog parents don’t realize is that mental stimulation is equally as important as physical exercise. Your dog needs to be working their brain daily as well!
This is not only important for puppies, but just as important for older dogs. Bring them anywhere you can! Have them socialize with dogs at a dog park, set up playdates for them, or have them socialize with humans by going to a brewery or walking through Home Depot with you.
You can bring your dog to a trainer, which is always highly recommended if there are ANY behavioral concerns, but there is a lot of training you can do at home with them!
Basic tricks like sit, lay down, roll over, and shake are all fun commands to teach your pup.
You can also get creative with this! My dog was a VERY energetic puppy, so she learned a lot of useless tricks. (Like balancing treats on her nose and army crawling across the room)
Hopefully you found some useful tips and tricks to help with your dog’s boredom!
Remember: It is NOT their fault. And it is up to us, as caring dog parents, to find ways to help them. If you do think your dog has a different underlying issue causing destructive behaviors, such as separation anxiety, we highly recommend you find a dog trainer or behaviorist to work with!
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All Hike Doggies must meet the following requirements to ensure all our doggies remain safe and have an awesome hike:
If your doggie does not meet these requirements, we recommend neutering/spaying (if you are not planning on breeding your cutie) & do targeted training in any area where he/she may need some help so they can enjoy an enriched lifestyle full of outdoor fun with friends!