As humans, we know how we feel when boredom hits. We may feel somewhat useless, and perhaps a little depressed too. Now, imagine that you have a dog developed for working such as a Collie or a Beagle. As humans, we might get up, work on household chores, pick up a book, or simply get out of the house in order to quell our boredom. For dogs, however, boredom often leads to mischief. No matter how well-behaved your pup is otherwise, boredom almost always spells trouble. This is why you should always plan activities that will stimulate the mind of your pup. These activities can be very simple, and they can take place indoors so that weather isn't a factor. Just a few sessions of mental activity each week, and you won't find your sweet pup tearing up the furniture because of the boredom blues.
All dogs need physical activity. However, it is not always widely known that all dogs also need mental stimulation in order to avoid boredom and the often resultant mischief. Mentally stimulating games can be performed just about anywhere during any kind of weather. Most often, you can engage your pup while indoors. Just a few minutes of brain games every day will promote good mental health in your pup and prevent a lot of destruction at the hands of a bored pup. Our four-legged friends thrive when they know we are pleased with them, and in turn, we are happy to see them doing so well!