Just like kids stuck in the house on a rainy day, your puppy can get bored if left alone too long. He craves exercise and mental stimulation. If you and your family aren’t giving him enough, he will find a way to entertain himself – most likely by doing something you wish he wouldn’t!
If your puppy gets bored, you’re likely to find him:
- Chewing excessively
- Barking (or other ways of getting your attention)
- Licking or chewing himself (note this could also be a sign of fleas)
Here are some ideas for nipping boredom in the bud and helping your puppy stay out of trouble.
Give your puppy a variety of toys, and rotate them every few days to keep his interest. Try food-dispensing toys using kibble to keep him entertained.
Fun and games
Puppies love to play. Games like fetch, flyball or other agility sports will tire your puppy out. See our article on games to play for some ideas. Playing these games in the park (or somewhere else he can run) will burn off excess energy so he’ll mellow out for the rest of the day.
Make a list of tricks that you want to teach your puppy, and have your family work with him on a daily basis to master each trick one at a time. For example, you can train him to shake your hand, jump over you if you are on your hands and knees, find an object, and play dead.
Before and after
Take your puppy out for a walk to get nice and tired. When you return home, spend some quality time with him as a reward for good behaviour.
We all get a little lonely sometimes, your puppy included. If your family is ready for another furry friend, your puppy is less likely to be bored if he has a playmate. Click here for more advice on how to introduce a new dog to your existing one. https://www.purina.co.uk/dogs/getting-a-new-dog/welcoming-your-dog/introducing-your-dog-to-other-pets
Taking a walk every day (or a few times a day) will give your puppy the physical and mental stimulation he needs. It’s also a great chance for you to get out and about yourself!