Dogs enjoy a nice routine that includes food time, regular walks or playtime indoors or outdoors. But what if your dog is tired of the same routine each day and expresses boredom by looking unstimulated or lazy? Like humans, our loved furry friends also need mental and physical stimulation for a healthy life.
Here are some simple ways to relieve dog boredom:
Changes to exercise
Make sure your dog gets daily exercise so they can stay fit and healthy. An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to obesity and a myriad of health issues. Your dog needs to be out and about to stay happy. We may think regular walking is enough but mixing up exercise with playtime can have better benefits. As a pet parent, if you love going for runs, take your dog with you. Make sure they stay hydrated. A dog can also be a good workout buddy if you like cycling. These exercises will release more energy and keep your dog fit.
If your dog is used to seeing people when outdoors, they will have better socialization skills. It is one of the most important aspects of training a dog when they are young! And it also helps keep boredom at bay and keeps them energized. Your dog should be able to socialize easily with other humans and their pets. The first eight to ten weeks are important when the puppy is growing up. Having play dates with other dogs can help them adapt and grow up being more social.
Hunt for food
Change up their feeding routine! Next time your dog wants a treat, make them look for it! Hide their food in a spot different than the usual place. They will feel challenges to sniff and find it. Another way to alleviate boredom in dogs is to hide their treats in the yard or under the sofa. Some dogs may figure this out sooner than others. Try it, let them hunt for their food, and see what they do!
Doggy Day Care
Enrolling your loved dog in a class has many benefits! A local trainer can be the right person to stimulate your doggy so they can learn something new. There are many things to be learned, such as, nosework,obedience and agility training. Doggy day care like Dogtopia is another great way for your dog to socialize. If you have a puppy, they have puppy pre school and if you have an adult dog, they also have training sessions!
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