Dogs get bored too. In fact, doggy boredom might be part of the reason that old Scruffy is misbehaving. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple solutions.
One of the easiest solutions is incorporating a bit of variety into your dog’s routine—new places to visit, more playtime, new chew toys, new treats, new tricks, introductions to new dogs or people, etc. Variety is the spice of life and can help manage a dog’s boredom. Ask yourself: what do you do when you are bored? Do you sometimes feel like pulling your hair out? Do you sometimes find yourself running around yelling? If you do, you should begin to understand how your dog feels.
How Dogs Express Doggy Boredom
The way in which dogs express doggy boredom is not universal. Some dogs go on a barking frenzy. Others chew up the couch. And still others begin digging big holes in the backyard. Whatever form it takes, boredom can be addressed by distracting your dog with new things, people, or scenery. Toys like ducks, chickens, rodents, and rabbits can also help keep your dog entertained. A new toy can even help make a dog’s time in a crate more enjoyable.
If you do not want to deal with the hassle, there are plenty of pet parlors who can competently groom your pet.
Buster cubes filled with multiple treats can serve as both a toy and feeding device. Fill the buster cube with a variety of treats and watch as your dog begins to fiddle with the toy, picking out his or her favorite food. To change things up a bit from time to time, be sure to move the buster cube around.
If your dog is chewing on everything in the house (note: teething in puppies is often associated with this behavior), give him or her something worth chewing on like a large ball or dog bone. Work with your dog, not against him. Channel his impulses into something less destructive.
Play with your dog. Give him or her some love. Like humans, dogs crave attention and intimacy. Playing with, petting, and grooming your dog makes your dog feel like a part of the family. Spending time with your dog is a great opportunity to create some wonderful memories and alleviate boredom. Bring your dog with you when you need to leave the house. Put aside some time everyday to hang out with your dog. Take your dog to the park. Just remember, not all dogs are the same. Test different things out and find what works best for your dog.