July is National Anti-Boredom Month for dogs and humans alike! Does your dog show signs that he is bored at home? Is he home too long during the day? Do you return home to something destroyed? If so, here are some ways to toss up the routine and keep your dog satisfied!
How can I tell if my dog is bored?
If you find that your dog is whining excessively, barking, digging up the back yard, chewing on wood work in the house, pacing around all day, panting profusely, jumping or demanding of your attention as soon as you walk in the house, your dog is more than likely under-stimulated.
The good news is, you can change this quickly and effectively. Here’s how:
– If you are planning a long day away from the house and need to leave your dog at home, you should plan to leave your dog with something entertaining before you walk out. Puzzle toys and food games work extremely well in occupying his mind while mommy and daddy leave.
– Take him for a walk! Walks are great for mental and physical stimulation and will keep their anxiety level down. Some dogs get more out of a rigorous play session versus walks, adjust depending on your dogs needs.
– Leave him with a brand new toy or an old toy that was put away for a while. Dogs also enjoy a fun game of hide and seek!
– If you are ready and open, some dogs will prefer a fur companion and just don’t do well left alone, no matter how hard you try…
*If you are unable to exercise your dog or your dog is getting destructive inside the home, you should consider getting a dog walker to break up his day, getting some of his energy out and getting human interaction. Dogs are intelligent and social animals and don’t like to be alone for extended periods of time. We highly recommend that most dogs get a minimum of one hour of exercise or stimulating activity throughout the day, although some will need less and some will require more.*