The American Kennel Clubstated that most dogs were bred for specific reasons to help us with our work. But now, most dogs aren’t doing what they were bred for, and they are often left home alone all day.
Here are a few tips to help alleviate that boredom in your dogs, to make them happier overall, and less destructive.
Make sure your dog is getting enough exercise. If your dog is tired, he is less likely to be bored and create chaos in your house.
Go for a walk every day. It gets you both out of the house and walking is great for your dog’s health, and yours. Walking is a lot easier on the joints than running is, and you can go with a friend. By switching up the route you take going for walks is also a great opportunity to let your dog explore the world while maintaining the safety of a leash.
Play fetch. Have your dog run in your backyard, or down the hall of your house. It’s a fun way to get your dog to burn off energy.
Take them to the dog park where they can play with other dogs. It’s another safe place for your dog to run and burn up all that extra energy.
- Mental Stimulation
Make your dog think during some of the games you play. It’s just as tiring as physical exercise and it helps you build a bond with your dog.
Put their treats inside a toy they have to play with to get the treat out. There are plenty of toys available for this purpose.
Play hide and seek. Have your dog look for you throughout your house. Or hide treats throughout the house and have your dog look for them.
Come up with a puzzle game for your dog to play, or get a hide and seek toy. Anything that will get your dog to try and work out how something is working.
Teach your dog a new command. Learning a new skill is mentally draining and will help wear your dog out. You will also have a dog that can do a cool trick, or obey a simple task.
- Give Your Dog a Job
Give your dog something to do. Research what your dog was bred to do and then find something that will use your dog’s strengths and reward your dog with treats when the finish the task.
For example, if you have a dog that was bred to heard sheep, you could get a ton of stuffed animals for him to heard and put away.
- Leave on the TV
There are plenty of dog-friendly YouTube channels available for your dog to watch. You can set it up to turn off after a certain amount of time so you don’t have to worry about high Internet bills.
- Give Your Dog Extra Attention
Pet your dog, and cuddle with him. Spend quiet time just sitting on the sofa together. Do whatever your dog likes to do when it’s time to wind down for the night.