You love your dog so much, and you know he loves you back. Still, dogs can get lonely or bored when they’re left on their own for too long. Left unchecked, this boredom can result in destructive behavior and even depression.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to prevent dog boredom. Read on to learn how to keep your pup happy by giving him attention and affection, taking a walk with him, playing with him (and teaching him new tricks), and introducing some new chews into his life!
Make sure you are giving your dog enough attention and affection.
In order to prevent dog boredom and destructive behavior, you need to make sure that your dog is receiving enough attention and affection. You can tell if your dog is getting enough attention by observing their behavior. If they seem restless or anxious, it’s time for some quality time with the family!
Bring your dog with you when you can.
Another easy way to keep your dog from getting bored and destructive is to bring him with you when you can. It’s no secret that dogs are social creatures who need human interaction in order to be happy. When left alone for long periods of time, they’re more likely to get bored or frustrated, which can lead to destructive behavior like chewing on furniture or digging holes in the yard.
Take your dog on walks and change up his routines with every walk.
There are many reasons why you should change up your dog’s walk routine. For example, if you always take the same route and at the same time of day, your dog may become bored with his surroundings and therefore more likely to exhibit destructive or aggressive behavior when left alone in the house.
Set aside time for play, especially if you work all day.
Playtime can be a great way to bond with your dog, as well as burn off excess energy and stave off boredom.
Dogs are natural pack animals who crave human attention—it’s no wonder they get bored when left alone for long periods of time! If you work long hours, consider finding an alternative arrangement with your pet-sitter or family member so that both of you have adequate playtime together. If this isn’t possible, try setting aside time at the end of each day for playing fetch or tug-of-war before bedtime.
Remember that games are different than just hanging out—you should actively engage with your pup while playing so she knows what is expected from her: it’s not enough just to throw a ball across the yard; have fun throwing it back and forth! That said, there are plenty more ways you can make playtime more fun for both of you (check out some ideas here). And if all else fails… just watch this adorable video until we get back from lunch break:
Get your dog different kinds of chews to try.
Chews are a great way to keep your dog’s teeth clean, and they can also have other benefits. They’re a great outlet for your dog’s mental energy, and they can help with their physical health too. If you give your dog something to chew on, it will reduce the risk of them chewing on things that aren’t theirs.
Teach your dog new tricks.
When you teach your dog new tricks, it not only keeps him active, but also helps build his confidence and improve his behavior. To teach your dog tricks like shaking hands, sitting, rolling over and playing fetch can be done in an instant. A great way to keep your pup busy is through obedience training as well!
Taking good care of your dog’s mental health is just as important as taking care of his physical health.
It’s easy to think that physical health is the most important thing when it comes to our pets, and while taking good care of their physical needs is certainly necessary, it’s just as important to take care of their mental health.
Your dog has a mind of his own and needs mental stimulation in order to be happy. He also needs opportunities to interact with you and other dogs, explore the world around him and be able to exercise his brain. Dogs are social animals who rely on humans for food, shelter and companionship—but they also need intellectual stimulation in order for their minds not only to stay healthy but also grow and develop.
If you use the ideas we discussed above to keep your dog happy while you’re away, you’ll find that he (or she) will come back to you just as happy and loving as ever. It’s easy to forget how much mental stimulation dogs require when we are busy with work or other obligations. But if we give them a little bit of our attention in the form of toys, treats, or walks throughout each day, they can stay healthy and relaxed even when we aren’t there for them.