Do you have a bored dog? While they can’t tell you with words, your dog may be sending out other subtle and not so subtle signals instead. From constant barking to digging, chewing to refusing to eat, a bored dog can show us their frustration in many ways. Today we’re going to explore the signs of dog boredom and share solutions you can use to keep them out of mischief.
Signs of a Bored Dog
Just like people, dogs get bored when there’s nothing to do. Unlike us though, they can’t hop in the car and head off to the shops. Nor can they turn on the TV or ring up a friend. So, they make their own entertainment, and this can lead to trouble.
If you think your dog is bored, you are probably right. However, here are two signs to help you confirm your suspicions:
- Destructive behaviours – digging holes in the garden, chewing furniture, or ripping into rubbish bags
- Attention seeking – barking, whining, jumping and continually getting into your face
A dog who is feeling bored is also likely to follow you everywhere too! Let’s look at some strategies you can put in place to alleviate their boredom.
7 Ways to Alleviate Your Dog’s Boredom
Dogs are social animals, but when you can’t be with them all day, problems can arise and the main one is boredom. There are some easy steps you can take to lower their boredom levels, including:
- Exercise – regular daily exercise helps your dog to feel happy, burn off energy and stimulate them mentally.
- Mental stimulation – challenge your dog by providing their food inside an interactive feeder bowl, or hiding it around the house for them to find.
- Tug of war – most dogs will enjoy playing tug of war games with you and won’t make your dog aggressive.
- Interactive toys – toys that wobble, squeak or dispense food randomly are good ways to keep your dog occupied.
- Play dates – let your dog socialise with other friendly and likeminded dogs. You may have a dog in mind, or there are doggy day-care centres which allow dogs to play together safely.
- Training – dogs love being told what to do, and then rewarded for it. Consider enrolling in dog obedience or agility
- Frozen treats – freeze some of your dog’s food or special treats in water overnight, and when you leave in the morning, give them their yummy ice block to enjoy.
At the end of the day, a happy and satisfied dog needs a great night’s sleep – and our dog beds will help them do just that!