There are two types of people in the world – ones who love dogs and bad people. That’s how a dog lover summarizes his unparalleled affection for dogs. And frankly, dogs are amazing! They unconditionally love you, play with you, protect you, and when they are bored, they irritate you to death.
Therefore, it is important to know when your dog is bored and imperative to know how to combat it. If you ignore your dog’s boredom, it will figure out its way, which you will not like. But before anything else, let’s discuss how to read the signs of dog’s boredom.
When we are bored, we turn on the TV, listen to music or watch random videos on YouTube. Dogs, on the other hand, don’t have access to such amenities. Therefore, they do what they do best – bark! Dog owners know very well how that constant ‘woof-woof’ can lead people to insanity; especially the neighbours.
For dog owners, coming home to a devastating sight of torn apart shoes is not rare at all. And most likely, there will be an innocent dog standing right beside the shoe’s bits, as if it witnessed the crime but had no role in it.
The crime doesn’t only victimise shoes, but curtains, pillow covers and sofa-edges also bear marks of brutality. This happens because, in your absence, your dog was bored, and chewing stuff was his mode of entertainment.
You may have noticed that sometimes your dog always tailgates you. It goes everywhere you go; barks when you are not paying attention, even though it demands it. This is another sign that your dog is bored and has nothing better to do other than seeking its owner’s attention. However, not all dogs have the same temperament. Some of them are just natural attention seekers and not bored.
Now that you can read the signs and know when your dog is bored, here are a few hacks that can help you relieve your dog’s boredom –
There is no better way to combat a dog’s boredom than taking it out for a walk. Dogs are naturally energetic animals. They cannot idly sit at one place throughout the day like us humans. As a dog owner, you must pay attention to your dog’s daily activities and ensure that your canine friend is well worked out. Otherwise, it may end up involving in disruptive activities like chewing your shoes, curtains, and other things. If you don’t have time to take your dog out, you can hire a dog-walker.
This is a common practice among dog owners, and it helps curb your dog’s boredom by quite an extent. If you are hearing the term for the first time, you may wonder, what is enrichment feeding. This is an unconventional way of feeding your dog. Some ways are:
a) Food Inside Toys
Unlike putting food in a bowl, you can put them inside toys. These toys are specially manufactured for feeding the dogs and has a maze-like structure inside them. It becomes challenging for dogs to get the food out, and the process is more playfully engaging for the animal. You can use a kong or similar toys for enrichment feeding. Once you get the idea of how these toys work, you can be creative and make devices at home.
b) Scatter the Food
Instead of feeding your dog in a bowl, you can scatter the food across an area. The dog doesn’t get easy access to the treat and has to put some effort into finding it. This way, the feeding process becomes lengthy and engaging for your dog.
You can play various games with your dog to keep it busy. Some of these games will not only help the doggy to get rid of the boredom but also stay fit. And what can be better than a fit and happy dog!
If your dog has a friendly temperament and enjoys the company of other dogs, you can take it out on a playdate. If your mate has another furry friend, you can take your dog to hang out with the other one. Or, you can also visit a dog park with your doggo. Don’t forget to leash it, initially, to avoid any unwanted confrontation with other dogs.
In dog shows, it can often be observed that trainers use clickers to attract their dogs’ attention. A clicker is a small and simple device that makes a clicking sound when you press it. This device is readily available at pet stores, and you can use one to train your dog.
When it obeys your order, you can make the clicking sound and appreciate your dog’s action. Repeating this process will condition your dog, and it will pay attention whenever you make that clicking noise. Moreover, it is immensely helpful if you are training your dog for a show.
It is crucial to keep your dog’s energy level in check. If your dog has too much energy left in it, it can start acting aggressively, refuse to eat, and can create a ruckus inside the house. Therefore, a responsible dog owner must always make sure that their furry companion goes through a daily routine of work out and lives a healthy life. Some of the tricks mentioned in this article don’t even require too much effort from the owner, and can still ensure engagement to dogs.