Signs Your Dog Is Bored During COVID-19 (And Solutions)
While your pup may be thrilled to have you around more often, being cooped up inside can make them bored or restless.
A bored dog will always find ways to seek your attention or look for something to entertain himself, and he's most likely to get into trouble.
In this article, we will explore the boredom in dogs and give some tips to keep your pup's tail wagging and you from going stir-crazy.
Signs Your Dog Is Bored
If you are home but teleworking, your dog feels bored and will look for something to do to get your attention. In a dog's world, when they're bored, you're available to entertain them.
Your dog might bark excessively, whine, chew your shoe or other things that smell like you, get into things or possibly knock over your house plant, things they don’t usually do to seek your attention.
Most often, boredom can lead to annoying behaviors:
Some dogs spend most of the time barking out the window. That can be a sign of boredom, since it gives them something to do. However, this will annoy neighbors.
You may also notice that your dog barks, whines, jumps, or paws at you many times a day. This is his way of saying, "I'm bored. Pay attention to me!"
- Excessive Chewing
Bored dogs enjoy chewing on different objects, such as shredding pillow, chewing sofa or carpets, tearing up toilet paper, etc. Doing these things can become a kind of stress relief for them when they’re bored or a little anxious.
Digging or Scratching on Furniture
Most dogs becoming naughty is a response to boredom. Some bored dogs like to dig multiple holes in the backyard.
Some don’t have to dig in the yard; they dig or scratch on furniture, carpets and other household items. This can keep them entertained for hours.
Sleeping All The Time
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.
How to Keep Your Dog Occupied and Entertained
There are a few ways to keep your dog busy and mentally stimulated:
#1 Indoor Exercise
If getting outdoors for exercise has become impossible during this time, consider some creative ways:
- Build an indoor obstacle course. Invent some fun obstacles for your dog to navigate, such as creating a tunnel obstacle to let your dog run through, or using everyday objects for your dog to jump over.
- Use the treadmill to train your dog. Have your pup trotting on the treadmill is a great idea for some daily calorie burning.
The more energy they expend in exercise, the less energy they will have to tear up your house!
#2 Interactive 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.
If your dog is tired of playing these toys, you can invest some innovative tech-driven toys, like Dogness Smart iPet Robot.
These dog toys can keep your dog mentally stimulated and help your dog manage the anxiety of a new routine during these challenging times.
#3 Dog Training
Have some extra time on your hands? Now it's a good time to teach and train your dog good behaviors and new tricks.
With your dog's favorite treats or kibbles, you can teach him some fun tricks, such as roll-over, weave through the legs, shake hands, etc.
Try some clicker training. It is also used to occupy your dog and provide mental stimulation (reducing anxiety and stress) in order to improve their physical and psychological well-being.
#4 Play Indoor Games
There are many fun games you can do without setting foot or paw outside, for example hiding some treats and toys all around the house will create something like a scavenger hunt for your dog.
Playing indoor games with your dog will add some excitement to these long days and can relieve stress for both 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.
There are lots of ways to be active with your dog while staying home. It is important to spend quality time with your dog and offer them attention and exercise.
Stay healthy. Stay safe. Stay together with your pet.
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