Is Your Dog Bored?
Whether it’s because winter has put a cramp in his style or because he’s “been there, done that” with his usual walk route, your dog may have become bored without you realizing it. Once bad behavior and a lack of engagement with his human companions become issues, the problem is hard to ignore. Fortunately, this is one problem with a range of easy fixes to try.
Signs of Doggy Boredom
It’s important to take stock of your dog’s behavior to separate potential physical illness from classic boredom symptoms. Some of the signs that indicate your dog might be bored include:
Running away. When canines repeatedly try to escape, the need for more stimulation is likely driving his mad dashes out of the backyard.
Continuous barking. When barking just won’t let up — and there doesn't seem to be anything in the area disturbing your pet — boredom is a likely cause. Of course, nonstop barking also drives owners and their neighbors crazy, so nipping the problem in the bud is crucial.
Frantic reunions. Dogs are always excited when their human comes home. But if Fido suddenly seems downright beside himself once you enter the house, that’s a sure sign that he’s dying for companionship and stimulation.
Merry mayhem. Had you trained your dog not to destroy your belongings back when he was a puppy? Well, an uptick in destructive chewing and getting into garbage and messy places is yet another sign of boredom.
Beating the Boredom
Like kids, dogs respond enthusiastically to any change of routine, especially if it means they get more time with their human companions. If your walks have become just long enough for them to “do their business,” consider lengthening their duration. Varying the scenery will also go a long way, so scout out new trails for the two of you to explore.
Adding more playtime to your dog’s daily routine is crucial. Frisbee, hide and seek, or a scheduled meetup with other dogs are all great ways to add playtime to your dog’s life. The time you invest in romping with your dog helps keep him mentally engaged and physically healthy.
New toys almost always chase the boredom blues away for puppies and puppies-at-heart. But you needn’t break the bank just to purchase new playthings. Keep circulating the toys he already owns, so that he has about three or four items to play with at a time. Keep the rest hidden in your closet, so that you can break them out from time to time while moving the current ones into the closet.
Is winter making outdoor playdates increasingly difficult? Contact us at Wagmore Pet Resort to learn more about our half-day and full-day doggy daycare options. Your dog will have plenty of time to explore new territories, all while meeting new friends.