If you haven’t recognised the signs that your dog is bored, your house or garden definitely have. Whether it’s digging, chewing, barking or general nuisance, a dog without enough physical and mental stimulation can be very destructive.
We spoke to veterinarian, Dr Katrina Warren to get some expert advice on how to keep your dog from getting bored at home.
Come on, you’ve seen your dog’s face when you say the ‘w’ word. This is absolute peak fun for any pooch. If you’re heading out for several hours, Dr Katrina recommends going out for walkies beforehand to help your best friend relax while you’re out.
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Dogs have an incredibly strong sense of smell thanks to their 220 million olfactory receptors (us inferior humans only have five million). So while humans are forced to rely on our eyesight for a treasure hunt, dogs find it fun putting their keen sense of smell to work. Dr Katrina recommends hiding some tasty (but healthy) treats around the house and garden. Check out our treats in Houndztooth’s natural pet store, launching in August.
You know how you feel as though you’ve ‘earned’ a big breakfast after going to the gym or exercising? It’s the same for your dog. Letting them do something to ‘earn’ their food is a really positive experience for dogs. Simple things like cutting some kibble-sized holes in an old drink bottle and filling it with dry food at dinner time so they have to push the bottle around to release the food are really easy ways to keep your dog mentally stimulated.
Dr Katrina says mental exercise can be as important as physical exercise for dogs, but it’s a great way to build up trust between you and your pup – as long as the reward is worth it! Once you’ve mastered the the important basics like sit, stay and drop, why not have some fun with high five, play dead and roll over? Check out our full range of pet products in the Houndstooth natural pet store, including our new range of delicious ‘Clean Feeding’ treats that will make training time twice as fun and delicious!
Want more boredom-busting tips and tricks? Keep an eye on Dr Katrina’s Facebook page.