How do I know if my dog is bored?

A good indication that your dog is bored is that you do not come back to the same house the night you left in the morning. A bored dog is likely to be a destructive dog, avoiding curtains, tearing carpets or, worse yet.

Although you may think that she is doing these things to punish you, in fact, this is never the case. Dogs become extremely frustrated without any physical or mental stimulation: a bored dog is often an under-exercised dog.

Another hint that your dog may be bored: when you walk in the door, she keeps watching you constantly or pulls you so close, it seems she has cold attention. Or, on the contrary, if your dog is just out there, does not respond to his name called or loses interest in his favorite toys, it could mean that it has gone out and has simply given up trying To attract attention or stimulation. (A medical problem could also explain some of these behaviors, so be sure to talk to your veterinarian if you start to see them.)

The reality is that most of us have to work during the day so if you can not spend hours and hours at a time with your dog, make sure that the time you spend with it is a time of quality. Walk it in the morning. Go to the park and throw the ball 50 times. Take it to run at night or hike on weekends. What's new she loves to do, find a way to adapt it to your schedule.

And remember, do not do much of gone and gone, the dramatic adios will amplify it only. It's the same when you greet her. Say hello calmly so as not to encourage jumping or excessive excitement. Establish some type of routine as your dog gets used to what happens when you go home - when she sees that you are settled she will do the same.

Another note: Boredom should not be confused with separation anxiety - a very serious condition in which your dog is highly stressed or even panicked by your absence. Call a professional if you think this might be the problem.


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