What To Do With A Bored Dog
The difference between a well-exercised dog and a bored dog can be striking. Where’d my nice-mannered, calm companion go? And who does this whirling dervish belong to? Sometimes you just can’t get the dog out—inclement weather, personal or public health conditions, or canine injury can all get in the way. Try these measures to keep your dog’s excess energy from driving you both crazy:
A rousing round of hide-and-seek, fetch, tug, or chase can provide physical exercise when a walk isn’t in the cards. And playing together is a great way to deepen your bond, too.
Make Fido think
Purchased or homemade canine puzzle toys that require Fido to figure out how to get at a tasty treat can replace physical exercise with mental exertion—and keep your dog busy for hours. Search “dog puzzle toys” or “canine enrichment” online for endless ideas.
A Commercial Break
All it takes is a commercial break while watching your favorite show to do a few things to work your dogs brain. Try dog push-ups, heel exercises around the room, watch games, etc. The short 2 minutes during the break will give your dog some much-needed stimulation.
If you need more ideas of things to do…try a new class at AZ Dog Sports. We offer a wide selection of classes that teach games and activities:
- Rally for Fun
- Games for Senior Dogs
- Agility for Fun
- Games & Tricks for All Ages
- Nosework Classes
- Tracking & Hunting
- Obedience & Activities (indoor and outdoor)
- Puppy Obedience & Games
just to name a few!