Activities For A Bored Dog

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Introduction

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! 

Treat Puzzles

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Treat Puzzle
Activity description

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!

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Go shopping
Purchase a treat puzzle that is a good fit for your dog. There are a wide variety of sizes and difficulties so pick what you think will work best. You don't want to give a puzzle that is too challenging at first or your dog may just say, "Forget it, I'll get a treat some other way. " Read reviews, check the puzzles out in the store and think about your own pooch before buying and you'll be sure to end up with a toy that will be perfect!
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Treat time
Fill the toy up with your pup's favorite treats. If you are going away for a long time, leaving your dog alone, put lots of treats inside. If you want your dog to play for just a few minutes, just add one or two. Keep in mind that if your pup doesn't get the treats out, they may sit in there for a while so it is not a good idea to put something like chicken inside (that could get stinky and bad after sitting for a few days). Dry treats are best for treat puzzles!
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Get the treat out
Let your dog play! Show them the puzzle and, if it is your dog's first time using the puzzle, show them how it works. Pull a treat or two out so the pup gets the idea. Once they learn that the toy is full of treats, there is no end to the fun they will have!
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Playdate

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1 hr
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Leash
Activity description

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!

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Find A friend
Find a friend for your dog by scouting your neighbor's pups, heading to a dog park or asking your personal friends if their dog would like to play with yours. There are many place to find doggy friends! Of course, your dog may not get along with everyone (just like people!) so find a friend with a similar temperament and playful spirit.
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Schedule the day
Schedule a playdate by consulting with your pup's friend's owner. What days work best for both pets? Are they both free on Sundays? Make the playdate a regular occurrence so that both dogs get accustomed to playing together. The more they play, the more fun they will have!
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Get involved
While most dogs are perfectly happy chasing each other around, running all over and simply hanging out, they may also enjoy a little human interaction as well. Throw a ball for both pups to race to, give them treats and pet both dogs equally. They will love your involvement as much as they love playing with each other!
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Explore Outside

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Free
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30 min
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Activity description

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!

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Get ready
Grab the leash and your walking shoes! It is important to make sure you have control of your dog while they are outside and a good collar and leash are the perfect tools to start with. The collar should be secure but a little loose as not to choke your pup. Any kind of leash will do, as long as there is no way your dog can break free. Of course, get yourself some comfortable shoes as well!
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Plan the adventure
Plan your adventure by mapping a route for you and your pup to take. Maybe you want to pass by a pond or maybe there is a dog park you could walk over to and let your dog loose for a bit. Even if you are just walking down your own street, you can plan how far you will go! Keep your dog's endurance in mind as well - don't plan a ten mile hike on your first long walk!
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Make A routine
Keep up the outdoor activities daily. Rather than just walking outside for your dog to go to the bathroom, plan a walk, run or play session outside every day. Your dog's overall mood will improve greatly when they are able to get out on a regular basis. Such an easy way to prevent boredom!
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New Tricks

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.

Rub Down

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?

Obstacle Course

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!

Conclusion

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!