How to help your dog beat the boredom

May 14, 2024

Dog boredom is a bigger problem than you might think. Unless your dog is a working breed, it’s inevitable they’ll spend some time alone. Dogs can sometimes get bored of the same toys and the same routine too. To help you combat dog boredom, Darren Partridge at Molesey Vets has pulled together some helpful remedies for you below.

If you are concerned about your dog’s behaviour, book a check-up with our vets right away.

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Why is dog boredom a big problem?

Vet Darren Partridge explains that dog boredom can quickly turn into problematic behaviours. It can also cause anxiety and stress, which will be affecting your pet’s happiness and wellbeing.

If your dog is acting differently but doesn’t seem ill, they might not be getting the stimulation they need. Darren explains how to tell if your dog is bored:

  • Chewing
  • Restlessness
  • Sighing
  • Constantly seeking attention/pining
  • Engaging in destructive behaviour
  • Following you around with a toy when you are home
  • Barking excessively
  • Chasing their tail
  • Digging

Your dog could also be anxious if they are:

  • Barking and howling whilst you are out – neighbours will often tell you
  • Chewing household objects or generally making a mess
  • Toileting inside
  • Panting, shaking and restless

Book a check-up at Molesey Vets if your dog’s behaviour is worrying you.

How to combat dog boredom

The good news? Busting that boredom is easier than you might think! Here are some ideas from our team at Molesey Vets:

  1. Mind-Stimulating Games & Playful Learning: Why not spice up playtime with some brain-teasing fun? Treat your pup to a game of hide-and-seek with their favourite toys, or let them choose new ones. Puzzle games can be especially fun and challenging. You could also embark on a journey of teaching them new tricks! These will keep their minds sharp and tails wagging with excitement.
  2. Exciting Adventures: Shake things up by adding new or longer walks to your dog’s routine. Try using obstacles you find on-route, such as trees to weave around and benches (or low curbs for dachshunds and other small dogs) to jump on. Not only will your dog burn off that excess energy, but you’ll also uncover exciting new places to explore together in and around East Molesey, South West London and Surrey.
  3. Dog Agility Classes: You never know, your dog might be the next star of Britain’s Got Talent for their outstanding dog agility skills…or they might just have a blast whilst exercising and learning this new activity.
  4. Puppy Preschool & Dog Training: Who says learning can’t be fun? Darren suggests enrolling your pup in a puppy preschool or a structured class where they can learn obedience, communication, and socialisation skills. Owners can brush up on their skills too!
  5. Buddy System – The More, The Merrier: If you’re a one-dog household, why not arrange playdates with a furry friend? Not only will it give your pet essential social skills, but it’s also a whole lot of tail-wagging fun for everyone involved! Plus, your dog will have less time to be alone and bored.
  6. Hangouts With You: With an abundance of dog-friendly cafes, shops and other establishments in Surrey, there are plenty of places you and your dog can hang out together, reducing the amount of time they are alone. Top tip: garden centres and pet shops have all the smells your dog will love!

Remember, dogs need rest too, especially the young and old. How much exercise and mind-stimulation your dog needs will depend on their breed, age, health condition, and their individual personality.

If your dog is showing signs of stress and anxiety, or you have any concerns, be sure to book an appointment at Molesey Vets to ensure nothing else is going on. You may need to enlist the help of a professional behaviourist, and our team are here to help every step of the way.

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