Our canine companions are very intelligent. Fido can learn over 100 words! (He also knows how to unwrap sandwiches, cajole us into sharing our food, and perform cute tricks on command.) Making sure your pet is getting enough entertainment and stimulation is very important. If your furry buddy is bored, he may turn to mischief to entertain himself. A Thorold, ON vet discusses doggy boredom below.
There are a few telltale signs of boredom in dogs. If you come home to find that your pup has eaten your sofa, strewn trash all over the floor, dug holes in the yard, or chewed up your shoes, well, you may have a bored pooch on your hands. Your canine pal may also try to let you know that he’s bored. He may jump, pace, or whine, or try to get you to walk him or play with him. In fact, boredom is often behind Fido’s famous walk-me-please-I-gotta-go-right-now fakeouts. If your furry friend keeps pretending he really has to go out, only to nonchalantly start sniffing grass, he may just be bored.
First and foremost, make sure that your pooch has plenty of toys. Change these out frequently, so your furry pal always has something new to play with. Make a game of hiding some of Fido’s toys. Do this before you leave, so he has to look for them. Some dogs also enjoy watching Dog TV (yes, this exists), or looking out windows with good views. It’s also important to make sure your canine companion is getting enough exercise, and to play with him regularly. If Fido is a bit tired after a long a walk and a fun play session, he’ll be more interested in napping than in mischief. Training is another option. Many dogs really enjoy learning new things! Spend a few minutes a day on your pup’s petucation.
If you don’t always have time for long walks or play sessions, consider hiring a dog walker. This is a great way to break up Fido’s day while you’re at work. You can also enroll your canine friend in doggy daycare. Your pup can spend the day running and playing with his friends, while you’re off earning money for dog treats!
Please contact us, your Thorold, ON vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re always here to help!