Just like us, dogs are very social beings. They enjoy being around and interacting with fellow dogs as well as human beings. That’s why when they’re all alone and have got nothing to keep them busy, dogs tend to get bored. And when this happens, they can develop destructive behaviors like excessive barking, chewing, aggression, anxiety and digging. It’s therefore very important that you find ways to keep your pet occupied both in the mind and body.
If you have no idea how to prevent your dog from getting bored, here are some activities to get you started:
Give Him Attention
Being social creatures, dogs really enjoy the attention of their owners and family members. So, make it your responsibility to spend some time with your dog whenever possible. Some nice cuddling, grooming session or belly rub will go along way in keeping your dog happy and entertained, as well as strengthening the bond between you two.
If You’re Too Busy, Hire A Dog Walker
Juggling between work, school, business and family leaves most people so tired and stressed out at the end of the day that they forget to pay attention to their pets. If you fall into this category, consider hiring a dog walker for your dog. If this isn’t possible, talk to your friends, neighbors or relatives to stop by often to take him out for a walk. Doing so will keep him physically fit, busy and happy.
Arrange a Play Date
If you thought only kids need a play date, then you thought wrong. Dogs too, benefit immensely from play dates. They get to play and interact with other dogs in your neighborhood as well as your family and friends, which is good for their overall well-being. While on a date, be sure to introduce your dog to new people, dogs, sights and sounds to improve their social skills.
Get A Kiddie Pool
Most dogs love playing in water naturally. That’s why you’ll see them enjoying themselves while wading or splashing water in a shallow pool. Therefore, if you live near a lake or beach, consider taking your dog for a swim regularly. You can also buy a kiddie pool for your pet to keep him busy.
Get Him Interactive Dog Toys
These toys provide a great way to keep dogs mentally stimulated. So, get your pet a couple of different toys to keep him occupied and entertained.
Change Your Walking Routine
There’s no doubt that daily walks are good for dogs. However, following the same route every single day will definitely make your him bored. So, you may want to switch things up a little bit to keep his interest by either changing your walking pace or exploring new surroundings. Your dog will learn a lot from the new smells and sights.
Give Him Something To Chew
Since most dogs naturally love chewing, you should give your pet a chewing toy or anything else he enjoys to chew to keep him busy. Just make sure you keep an eye on him just in case he chokes while chewing.
Construct Him A Digging Box
Does your pet loves digging? If so, construct for him a digging box in the yard. Bury his toys there and let him dig to find them. Am sure this will keep him happy and entertained for several hours.
Let Him Help With House Chores
Finally, you can incorporate your dog into daily household chores to keep him from getting bored. Teach him various chores like loading the laundry basket or cleaning his own toys. This will not only keep him occupied and strengthen your bond but also make him confident and happy.
As you can see above, there’s so much you can do with your dog to relieve him from boredom. Choose a few that suit your lifestyle and make a commitment to keep your pet entertained, healthy and happy.