Monday, June 22, 2009

Boredom in Dogs

Many behavior problems in dogs are caused by boredom.

The behavior problems can vary from being destructive, chewing on things, excessive barking, licking on legs or paws, and more.

Can you prevent dog boredom? Yes, you can! Here are some tips:

1. Look at your schedule. If you are gone for more than 9 or 10 hours - that is a long boring day for your dog. Consider doggie daycare. How about a pet sitter or dog walker that comes to your home to look after, walk or play with your dog.

2. Consider what toys your dog likes best and make sure you have them. Not just one - more than one. It is natural for dogs to get bored with one toy.

3. Rotate toys. After you notice your dog is not playing as much with a toy - take it - hide it and introduce something new. Rotate several toys.

4. Give your dog something to do and do it together. A game such as playing fetch with your dog can be rewarding for both you and your dog.

Whatever you do, spend time with your dog. Don't leave him alone too long.

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