You Need To Understand Dog Boredom to Have a Happy Dog
Dogs get bored as do Humans and deal with it in similar ways. If not understood, dogs will react in very predictable ways, by excessively barking, becoming desructive or by self licking to the point of mutilation.
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Dog Boredom Busters
Sometimes dogs get just plain bored. Many dogs are content to do nothing and sleep all day, at least for a little while, but they're bound to feel restless and lonely eventually…and some dogs feel this way even more frequently than that.
Many owners are gone all day and end up leaving their dogs home alone. From the owner's point of view, the home may be ideal, with plush rugs, comfortable furniture, and pleasant décor, but many dogs do not appreciate such environmental refinement. They'd by far prefer to be socializing with people or other dogs, or having fun outside chasing squirrels and leaves.
Some "Type-B" personality dogs may nap during their owners' absence, arising lazily with a yawn and stretch upon their return. Other "Type-A" dogs are a bit more high-strung and may suffer extreme boredom and stress during their owners' absence. The telltale signs are easy to see: the garbage can contents may be strewn across the floor, cupboard doors opened, food stores raided, paper or pillows shredded, and so on.
So what can you do to keep your dog occupied? Here are some tips:
• Consider a Dog Walker or Doggie Day Care: Most dogs really appreciate the lunchtime visits of a dog walker who provides a much welcome respite in the middle of an otherwise long day with nothing to do. One better than a dog walker is doggy day care. It can be expensive, however, so it isn't in everyone's budget. If you do opt for full-time fun, check out the doggy day care as thoroughly as you would a center for children.
• Food Puzzles and Games: Most people have developed the habit of feeding their dog before they leave in the morning. The dog wolfs down his food and then has nothing to do all day. It may be more appropriate to feed the dog as you leave and/or to leave the food to be discovered by your dog after you have left. We love the Kong line of toys because they allow you to hide treats and dispenses them slowly over several minutes or hours. These toys engage all of your dog's senses & intelligence with this wonderful feeding and playtime product.
Remember, "a tired dog is a good dog." You could also say they're a happy dog. Exercise generates serotonin in the brain and thus has a calming and mood-stabilizing effect on man and beast. A dog that has had a good run for 20 to 30 minutes before the owner departs will be less anxious, more composed, and prepared for a little R & R in the form of a good nap.
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