5 Signs Your Dog Is Bored—And What To Do About It
A bored dog is often a “bad” dog, plus, you want your dog to be happy! Here’s how to tell if your dog is bored and how to keep him occupied even if you’re at the office all day.
Life can’t be one long dog park visit, but does your dog understand that? Probably not. The reality is that many dogs stay at home while their people are at work during the day. Rather than whine around the house complaining there’s nothing to do, your home-alone dog may be stirring up trouble.
It’s important to note your dog is not doing this out of spite. Spite is a very human trait, but not a canine one. Dogs are very honest creatures. Your canine pal isn’t going to sweetly kiss you goodbye when you head off to work in the morning, just to start plotting against you before your car even leaves the driveway. It’s just that when he’s bored, his choices to amuse himself are probably not going to match yours. Here are five typical signs your dog is bored, as well as what to do about it.
Several things can cause barking but boredom is a common culprit. Your pup may bark at the world outside his window, whether it’s at the mailman or a lizard; a dog left in a yard may bark at the neighbours; some dogs will howl—in any case, it’s not a good recipe for neighbourly relations!
2 General Mischief
Come home to an upended kitchen trash bin? Are your unmentionables scattered throughout the living room? Is the lamp knocked over? A bored dog can create his own fun by turning your house into his own private amusement park.
3 Destructive Chewing
It doesn’t matter if you’ve spent $300 in dog toys. Dogs are built for chewing, and a bored dog is happy to put his teeth on whatever’s in reach, so coming home to a tattered rug, chomped-up sofa or even a hole in the wall isn’t that unusual. To your dog, chewing is fun! This can happen at any age, but prime times are when your puppy is losing his puppy teeth at about 16 weeks, and again when his back molars come in at about seven months.
You may think your yard is a paradise for your homealone dog, but dogs quickly get bored when left by themselves in the same old enclosed space, indoors or out. A jailbreak can begin innocently enough with your dog following his nose or chasing something he sees, leading him to dig under or jump over your fence. He has a grand adventure; it’s so much fun, it becomes a repeat escape.
5 Hyper Greetings
Your dog should be happy to see you when you get home, but are his greetings over the top? Does he jump up, zoom around the place, ignore you when you cue him to sit or settle, or generally act like a crazy beast? If he’s been bored all day, having his favourite person come home could cause all that pent-up energy to explode.