Should I Be Worried If My Dog is Bored?

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Should I Be Worried If My Dog is Bored?

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Have you ever wondered if your dog can get bored? Do you worry that your canine buddy is bored? If you answer yes, you aren’t the only one. Like many dog owners, it can be challenging at times to keep your dogs entertained. While you may find many ways to entertain yourself, dogs, however, are limited. They can’t go to the park without you, and they have no job.

After all, you’re the primary entertainment source for your canine buddy. You choose what and when they eat, exercise, and even playtimes.

If you don’t give them something to do, they’ll get bored fast. Should you be worried if they get bored? The answer is yes and no. The signs below will help you decide if your doggy’s boredom is something to worry about.

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY DOG IS BORED?

  • Destructive behaviors: These can fall under things like getting in your trash, digging, barking, or even excess chewing. These are usually caused by puppy boredom. If you don’t have anything for your dog to do, they find it themselves. Teach your dog acceptable habits with praise, rewards, and more things to do will help alleviate much of this. Physical and mental exercise will help keep your puppy happy.

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  • Seeking attention: If your dog is barking or whining, it may need some attention. It can be a nudge of your hand to grumbling gif they don’t get attention right away. They know how to get the attention they seek, and sometimes barking at you is how they do it. Remember that some dogs are subtle while others are more in your face with what they want. This is a strong indication your dog is bored. One of the things to do is give your dog a job or a daily routine. Dogs love schedules. They are creatures of habit. Giving them a consistent routine will help them know what you expect from them. It also gives them security.
  • Following you everywhere you go: If your dog follows you around, it could be due to boredom. Keep in mind that not all dogs do this because of boredom, but they love being close to you. Some dogs are more dependent than others. If your dogs get pumped up every time you get up, then you may want to see what’s causing it. They may have excess energy that needs dealing with. Making sure your dog gets its exercise in will help. This includes physical and mental activity as both are equally important. 

Having a bored dog can be destructive to your home and yard or them needing the proper stimulation.

A set schedule, mental and physical exercise, and adequate training can keep you from worrying if they’re going to treat up a couch while you’re at work. Dogs give cues on what they want, so it’s essential to pay attention to see what they need.

Sometimes a walk is in order; other times, it’s a mental game. Spend some extra time with your pup. You’ll build a strong bond, and they won’t be so bored.

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