It's sad to see a doggo that is bored. They may cry or bark excessively, pace back and forth, or engage in destructive behaviors like chewing on furniture. But as a pet parent, how can you tell if your pup is truly bored, and not just experiencing a normal bad day?
There are several ways to tell if your dog is bored. They may show signs of listlessness, restlessness, or agitation. They may also whine, paw at you, or engage in other attention-seeking behaviors. If your dog seems unable to settle down or relax, it's likely that they're bored.
Can Boredom Be Harmful for Dogs?
It can lead to behavioral problems like destructiveness and excessive barking. It can also cause physical problems like weight gain or digestive issues. Mental problems such as anxiety and depression may also develop in dogs that experience repeated or extended periods of boredom.
Additionally, skin issues in bored dogs are also common, as bored or anxious dogs can engage in excessive biting and licking of their skin, paws and privates. The skin in those areas may then become irritated, inflamed, or even infected.
What are the signs my dog is bored?
There are several signs that may indicate your dog is bored, including:
- Restlessness or agitation
- Whining or pawing at you
- Excessive barking
- Destructive behavior
- Lack of appetite
- Weight gain
- Digestive problems
If your dog is displaying any of these behaviors, it's likely they're experiencing boredom.
What Can You Do to Keep Your Dog from Getting Bored?
- Toys: Make sure they have plenty of toys. A good way to keep your pup interested in its toys is to rotate them each week. Remove the toys they are no longer interested in and replace them with a few new ones (or at least until you have enough toys to rotate weekly.) Be sure to wash and disinfect any unused toys prior to storing so they'll be ready for play again. When purchasing new toys, opt for blue or yellow colored ones. Due to their dichromatic vision, colors like green and red will be perceived as different shades of gray. Blues and yellows, however, are the most attractive and stimulating to dogs.
- Chew Bone: Keep chew bones or chewing treats handy. Long lasting chewing treats keeps them occupied and provides them with mental stimulation.
- Walks and runs: Go on walks and runs with your dog. This will provide them with much-needed exercise and mental stimulation. Keep your pup engaged by taking it on a different route so it can experience new smells and sights.
- Training: Engage in training sessions with your dog. This will help to keep their minds active and engaged.
- Engaging in playful activities: Games such as fetch, tug-of-war, and hide-and-seek are great ways to keep your dog's mind challenged and engaged.
- Doggy Daycare: Consider taking your dog to doggy daycare a few times per week. This will give them a chance to socialize with other dogs and burn off some energy. Dogs are social creatures that need mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy.
- Go on a Drive: Take your dog for a drive. This is a great way to get them out of the house and expose them to new sights and smells.
The Bottom Line
Boredom is a common issue for dogs, but it doesn't have to be harmful. By taking some simple precautions, you can help ensure that your dog stays happy and healthy. Be sure to follow us on TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook and visit our blog weekly for more tips on caring for your wrinkly doggo, and the latest on all things Squishface!