Does your dog lay around the house all day and occasionally give a small sigh? Is your pooch stuck in a routine where they do the same things over and over all day….every day… same old, same old? If this sounds like your pup, then it is time to spice things up! There are plenty of activities for you and your pup to enjoy together or for your doggy to do on their own. Nobody wants to be bored, your pup included!
If your dog loves treats, then a treat puzzle is the perfect way to keep them occupied and excited. There are many types of treat puzzles that you can buy but they all have the same basic premise - treats are hidden inside and your pup has to work to get them out. Most of the time, the dog just rolls the toy around with their nose or paws as treats fall out. Some puzzles may be harder than others, with treats stuck deep inside with only a tiny opening to let it out. Your dog will need to throw the toy, bat it around and play, play, play in order to get to the prize. This could take all day!! Bye bye boredom!
Dogs are social animals and they also are pretty playful creatures. Finding some nice friends for your dog is a great way to keep your pooch happy. Now, you don't need to go out and get another dog (unless, of course, you want to!), but find some dogs in the neighborhood that may have the same temperament as your pup. Dogs with similar personalities are likely to get along best. Once your dog has a friend, make sure they are able to get together to play regularly. Since dogs can't just call their friends up on the phone to chat, in person meetings are needed to stimulate a dog's natural social instincts!
Laying around the house all day may sound relaxing to you but if you do it every day, all day, you will get bored. That is exactly how your pup may be feeling! Being confined inside in the same environment can get tiring. The easy solution - go outside! The benefits of taking your dog for a long walk, for a run or to a dog park are immeasurable. Not only will it brighten your dog's spirit but it is also great for you! The new smells, the fresh air and the exercise will be good for you and your dog. So get up and get out!
Dogs love to learn so when you have time, teach your dog a new trick. It doesn't have to be a 'necessary' trick (something like "sit" tends to be important for all pups) but can be something fun. Show your dog how to spin in a circle, jump through a hoop or play hide and seek. New tricks will keep their mind stimulated and prevent boredom.
While you may pet your dog daily, take a break to give them a good rub down. While this may not seem like something that will prevent boredom, having a nice long massage will be as good for your dog's spirit as it will be for yours. Don't we all enjoy a good massage?
Create an obstacle course inside for your dog to play on. Show them how to go up on the couch, across the living room, jump a shoe box and under a table to get a treat. This will get your pup moving and thinking! Change the obstacle course anytime it gets old for a whole new game!
Dogs get bored- it is just a fact. Help your dog beat the boredom by getting involved and getting them moving. Once you shake up your dog's day to day life, they will be sure to be happier and healthier. Use this list to get started and then see what your dog likes best. Every pup has a favorite game, past time and hobby - what is your dog's? Let's find out!