Did you know boredom is a leading cause for dog behavioral problems? Inappropriate chewing, digging, and excessive barking or licking can be signs that your dog is bored. We all know that exercise is important for physical health, but exercise also plays a key role in mental health. Providing your dog with proper exercise can prevent boredom and help him be a happy, well-behaved dog.
My dog (Kobe) and I enjoy taking walks together. I always let him have plenty of sniffing time, but then he also knows when it’s time for serious, fast-paced walking. I refer to Kobe as my “personal trainer” because he motivates me for our daily walk by eagerly staring at me with his cute puppy face and tail wagging non-stop. His look says “let’s go!” and we both benefit from the exercise.
However, some days I just can’t walk my dog or we just need a different activity to motivate us. My dog tends to be restless at night if he hasn’t released his energy during the day. It’s easy to see that he would likely find trouble if he didn’t get proper exercise for days in a row. Here are some alternative exercise solutions that I particularly like:
- Inclement weather? No problem. See my post titled “How to Exercise Your Dog Indoors” that gives four fun ways to stimulate your dog’s mind and relieve boredom. Other indoor boredom busters are to incorporate basic dog training into daily tasks or to give your dog a job around the house.
|The best activity for your dog is whatever he finds fun. Proper dog exercise is key in helping your dog be healthy and happy, and a healthy, happy dog is less likely to find trouble. Remember…
A tired dog is a good dog!
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