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Doggie boredom

 

Is your dog trying to tell you he’s bored? Don’t mistake mischief and naughtiness for a dog who is craving physical exercise and mental stimulation.

Tick, tock, tick, tock. Its nearly time for you to head home from work and see your best friend, you left him happy and content this afternoon after your long walk at lunch time, you imagine he has had a nice snooze on his favourite bed in the cosy corner of the lounge.

As you walk through the front door you gasp and a horrible thought enters your head- ‘Has my house been broken into and ransacked by burglars?’ No… your dog has more energy than you thought and has been playing some games of his own!

If this sounds familiar, or your dog has been causing similar mischief such as digging up the flowerbeds, barking constantly for no reason or chewing on your shoes he may be trying to tell you that he is bored.

We quite often think that our dogs are just being naughty when in fact these bad behaviours are signs that he isn’t getting enough physical exercise and mental stimulation.

You can try and avoid these behaviours and any other future mishaps by reviewing the routine you have with your dog and making sure he has plenty of toys to keep him entertained. 

Routine

Dogs are creatures of habit so structure is key, so all of these activities form your dog's day and he likes them in a regular pattern that he can rely on:

  • Eating - regular meal times
  • Sleeping - restful periods of the day and night
  • Toileting - first thing in the morning while the kettle is boiling!
  • Exercise - before being left for any period of time and ideally again before bed

Stimulate your dog’s mind too, mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise. Having your dog work for their food is a great mental workout and very satisfying for them, you could use a toy that can be filled with a tasty spread or play hide and seek with his favourite snacks and treats.

Last of all...

Don’t forget to build in some bonding time to your routine, it will work wonders for both of you, whether it be a nice belly rub every evening or playtime before breakfast, having those precious moments together is what having a dog is all about. 

 

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