Dog Boredom: How to Tell If Your Dog Is Bored (and Help!)

Dog Boredom: How to Tell If Your Dog Is Bored (and Help!)

Dog Boredom: How to Tell If Your Dog Is Bored (and Help!)

Do dogs get bored? The answer is definitely yes.

While most of us have jobs during the day, leaving dogs home alone can create a sense of boredom in them.

A good dog + boredom = a bad dog.

A bored dog will always look for something to entertain himself, and he's most likely to get into trouble.

In this article, we will explore the problem of doggy boredom and give some tips that might help.

How to Tell If Your Dog Is Bored

The signs of doggy boredom are not hard to spot. As the old saying goes, “An idle mind is the devil's playground.” A home-alone dog will make his own fun—most likely in ways that we don’t approve of.

Most often, boredom can lead to inappropriate behaviors:

  • Barking
    Dogs often bark or howl if they are left alone all day in the house, because they are bored and unhappy.

    When you come home, you may hear from your neighbor who complains about your dog barked all day. That’s not good for neighbourly relations.

  • Destructive Chewing
    Coming home only to find a huge mess in the house, that’s clearly a sign of a dog with nothing to do.

    Bored dogs enjoy chewing on different objects, such as shredding pillow, chewing sofa or carpets, tearing up toilet paper, etc. A dedicated chewer can absolutely wreak havoc on your home.

  • Excessive Digging
    Most dogs becoming naughty is a response to boredom.

    Some dogs like to dig into a trashcan or dig multiple holes in the backyard when their parent is not present. This can keep them entertained for hours.

  • Other Signs
    Signs of boredom can be seen even when you are at home. They may bark at you, jump on you, or grab things to gain your attention.

    Some dogs respond to boredom in another way. They’re prone to be lazy, lying on the ground all day. If your dog is sleeping more than usual, he’s likely to get bored.

Destructive behaviors may indicate separation anxiety. If you have any concerns, it’s best to consult a veterinary behaviorist.

5 Ways to Relieve Boredom in Dogs

A bored dog can turn your house into his or her own private amusement park. If you’re seeing a big mess every time you come home, that means you may have a bored dog.

There are a few ways to keep your dog mentally stimulated, busy or entertained and relieve his boredom.

#1 Give your dog enough physical exercise

Doggy boredom is often the result of having a lot of pent-up energy.

Plenty of physical exercise can help a lot, as it gives your dog an outlet for all that excess energy. After exercising, they will come home exhausted and spend the rest of the day napping.

Make time before work to do some exercise with your dog. You can play a little tug-of-war with them in the yard. You can take them for a 45-minute walk or run in the morning.

The more energy they expend in exercise, the less energy they will have to tear up your house!


#2 Use interactive dog toys

Interactive dog toys are one of the best dog boredom busters.

Dogs prefer soft, squeaky toys. Puzzle toys with either treats or toys inside can keep your dog engaged. Your dog will learn to roll around to get the treats inside the toy.

With any toy that you give your dog, be sure to rotate them frequently and use them to interact with your dog, so your dog will stay interested.


#3 Socialize your dog properly

Socialization is a great way to combat doggy boredom. It helps your dog keep mentally stimulated. If they’re socialized, they’re less likely to be bored and isolated. 

You can expose your dog to new people and places, or organize puppy play dates with other dogs.

Doggy daycare is also a good option to help them interact a lot more with other people or dogs and be more entertained.


#4 Enroll in Training Classes

Enrolling in dog training classes is also a mentally stimulating way to relieve boredom.

There are many kinds of training classes for your dog. Consider obedience lessons, agility or trick classes, scent identification, jumps classes, etc.

These weekly activities can not only promote your training skills but can help to build your dog’s intelligence, as well as strengthen the bond between you and your dog.


#5 Get a playmate for your dog

A solo dog is often a bored dog. Giving your dog a playmate can provide socialization and stimulation.

Make sure they are easy to get along. You will expect peace and harmony, so you need to consider the gender of the new pet.

Dogs of the same sex are more likely to fight. You can ask a dog behaviorist or trainer for help before bringing home a second furry family member.

Feeling Overwhelmed With Your Bored Dog When You're Away?

Well, most of you may get frustrated and overwhelmed on how to relieve dog boredom when you're not home.

At Dogness, here's an interactive toy that is designed to solve this problem once and for all — Smart iPet Robot.

This pet robot can spark your dog's interest with movement and play with them by dispensing treats via an app. With a camera and 2-way audio, you can always see and talk to your dog from your workplace.

Technology has made lives much richer and more joyful for both you and your dogs. They don't have to be lonely and bored while alone. Not anymore!

The Smart Robot Companion for Your Pet

The Smart iPet Robot is designed to prevent boredom and restlessness in your pet while you’re not at home, giving them joy and stimulation. It makes your love across time and space.

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  • Move around to interact with your pet
  • See your pets with an HD camera
  • Toss treats to play via the App
  • 2-way audio to hear and talk to your pet
  • Capture every moment by taking photos or videos

See What Pet Parents Are Saying

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Nice toy to entertain my dog when I'm away.

My dog can easily get bored and just sit around all day, so I got this for him. Now, he is much mentally and physically stimulated. He likes to chase it behind. I can keep him entertained while I'm at work. We love it, and so glad that there is a robot for my dog.

Mary W.

Adorable dog toy. Just keep the pet busy!

Seriously, this is so innovative! It is the best smart toy for pets. My dog love it, especially when it spits out treats. It keeps him active and entertained when I am at work. This robot makes a great addition to his life.

Adam R.

The best new friend for my doggy!

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