Dog Toys Are Necessary to Prevent Boredom
Boredom can lead to depression, anxiety, lethargy, and stress.
Sometimes, dog owners lack sympathy for a dog's biggest struggle: boredom. But, boredom is actually a huge problem amongst dogs. Boredom can lead to depression, anxiety, and stress, and unfortunately, for some dogs, this is a day to day battle.
How Do I Know if My Dog Is Bored?
Most owners provide more than enough stimulation and attention to keep their dogs unbelievably happy. However, there are some dog owners that leave their pups in negligent situations. With work and kids and family, a lot of times these owners don't even realize it, either. The key is to recognize the problem and find a solution. But, how do you know if your dog is bored. A few key indicators are:
A bored dog could very easily turn into a sad dog.
- Excessive Chewing - When a dog becomes bored, he'll overcompensate and do whatever he can to find stimulation. This means chewing on furniture, shoes, and everything else in sight. Some owners just take this as an example of bad behavior, but why would a dog be acting out in the first place? The answer: boredom.
- Literal Crying - If you walk in the door and your pup is pawing at you and crying, you probably have a dog that is extremely bored. When dogs are acting like this, it means that the boredom has progressed to a state of anxiety and depression also.
- No Energy - Instead of crying and begging for attention, other dogs will regress to a lethargic point. When you walk in the door, they might just continue to sleep because they've given up on things (you may also want to check if a medical issue is involved if your pup is acting like this).
If you notice any of these symptoms popping up, it might mean that you need to change a few things, so your dog can be his ideal happy and healthy self.
What Can I Do to Pull My Dog Out of His Slump?
Taking dogs on walks and spending time playing with a dog are some of the best things a dog owner can do for a pup's mental well-being. But, what about all of those hours that owners are out at work? The key is providing stimulation for your dog.
There are a number of ways to provide stimulation to a dog; owners just need to be aware of them. For example, one of the most unusual sources of stimulation for a dog is classical music. In a recent study from Colorado State University, researchers found, "Playing classical music appeared to calm dogs more than other music selections or no music at all." Who would've thought that Fido was a Beethoven fan? The next time your dog is home alone or out in the yard leave the radio on and keep it tuned to your local classical music station.
Toys are a great way to keep your pup from being bored.
The very best way to keep a dog stimulated is by providing him with some dog toys. Dog toys help pups use energy and find the proper amount of stimulation to keep them from getting bored. But, it's also important to keep a constant rotation of different toys for him, as well. Otherwise, you might find your dog bored once again.
By: Tim Snyder