Dogs Get Bored. Here’s how to tell if your dog is bored.

Just like humans, dogs get bored. Especially when they’re cooped up in the house during the day! Here is how you can tell if your dog is bored.


Destructive Behavior

When dogs get bored, they find their own way to entertain themselves, and their methods might not line up with the type of behavior you want to see. When dogs are chewing on furniture, going through trash, shredding up toys it usually means they’re bored and looking for something fun to do.


Barking and Jumping

Imagine having a ton of pent up energy and no way to release it. You’d be feeling pretty antsy, right? Dogs are the same way, and when they have energy building up, it can show itself through their actions. When your dog is jumping, pawing, or barking at you it probably means they’re bored and want to let that energy out.


Do these behaviors sound familiar to you? Don’t despair! Here are some ways to keep your dog entertained, and your home from getting destroyed.



The benefits are exercise for your pet are pretty much endless. Along with improving your dog’s overall wellness, exercise is a great cure for boredom! Giving your dog a nice long walk or a fun game of fetch in the backyard helps them dispense their energy and keep that destructive behavior at bay.


Mental stimulation is just as important as physical stimulation. Having puzzles in your house for your dog is a great way to keep them occupied and leave your house from getting destroyed. Another great option is to use a slowfeed bowl for you pup. This makes their meals last longer, and keeps them entertained. This wobbler dispenses a few pieces of kibble at a time for your pet, so meal time is also playtime!


Sometimes you just have to get out of the house to get rid of that boredom! Daycare is a great option when you’re busy and need to keep your dog entertained. Daycare offers your pet plenty of play and the opportunity to socialize with other pups and people. Not to mention they come home tired and happy!

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