Have you ever wondered if your dog is bored? Dog boredom can be a serious issue when unrecognized and unaddressed. Dog boredom can quickly turn into behavioral problems that can have serious consequences. The experts at Blitz K9 Club have provided the following information to help you identify if your doggy is bored, the tools you will need to understand and address the issue, and tips to combat dog boredom to keep your pup mentally and physically happy and well-adjusted.
How Do You Know if Dogs are Bored?
Once you know what you are looking for, there are some very distinct clues to doggy boredom. One of the most obvious ones is a destructive dog. Like a human child, a bored dog will get into all sorts of mischief, from knocking over trash cans, chewing on shoes, tearing up cushions and blankets, and pretty much everything in between. Depending on what they get into, you may find yourself at the emergency vet with a blockage and a costly vet bill. Like many dog owners, disciplining them is the first thing to go through your mind. Since this doesn’t address the root cause, boredom, the destruction will continue, and you will repeatedly come home frustrated and find your home a wreck. Other signs of boredom include your pup constantly wanting your attention. Barking, whining, pawing, and humping are all signs of wanting attention. While some dogs are content and want to be with you, a dog following you everywhere could also be a sign of boredom indicating the dog is looking for something to do. This is particularly true of herding breeds.
What Helps Dogs with Boredom?
1. Exercise: Physical exercise is one of the best and most successful ways to combate dog boredom. Take your dog for a walk and expose them to different areas and smells to stimulate them. Include a jog and plenty of sniff time. Allowing your dog to sniff and smell is one of the best forms of mental stimulation and takes little effort on your part other than patience.
2. Mental Stimulation: As previously discussed, sniffing is a great form of mental stimulation. Your dog’s brain needs regular inspiration, and brain games are a great wait to alleviate boredom. Brain games can tire a dog and reduce boredom almost immediately. Keep your dog interested by rotating Snuffle mats, kongs filled with peanut butter, and puzzles regularly to keep your pooch interested. You can also find some great ideas online by making toys from regular household items.
3. Routine: Dogs do best when they have a regular and consistent routine to follow. Routine can also help alleviate your dog’s boredom. Your dog will look forward to their afternoon walk and will likely nap before the walk rather than get into mischief. Regular mealtimes also help with potty training, especially when combined with a walk after dinner.
4. Training: Teaching your dog new things is a great way to stimulate them mentally. Remember, dogs are pack animals who love doing things with you and want to please you. Investing in a Blitz K9 Club training package will keep your canine companion entertained and mentally stimulated and help improve their behavior, resulting in a calm, well-behaved dog.
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Exercise, mental stimulation, routine, and training can help stop doggy boredom and the bad behavior associated with it. To learn more about professional canine training services for your doggy companions and to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Blitz K9 Club today.