We’re all trying to figure out what’s going on in our dog’s head at all times. Until the Chinese have perfected their useless invention of the “dog-man translator,” the only thing to do is to carefully observe the dog to try to better understand his state of mind. You must try to understand the signs your dog is bored.
Here are 7 clues that point out dogs that are bored and need something to do. The dog is not an ornament, and he requires a stimulating life that respects his nature.
Remember that some of these behaviors can also indicate stress or separation anxiety. A consultation with a dog trainer can assist you in determining the underlying cause of your dog’s behavior.
1) Negative behavior the first indications that your dog is bored
Dig holes in the garden and eat sofas, shoes, cushions, and walls? Your dog may be extremely bored. Too much energy in the body combined with insufficient stimulation is a lethal combination for your furniture. Chewing or destroying something is an activity that both releases energy and relaxes you. Give him a Kong every now and then.
2) It chases its tail, which is the second sign that your dog is bored.
We discussed it in detail in a separate article, which you can find here. This is a common behavior that can mask more serious problems, but in some cases, it is simply boredom that causes him to act this way. The dog attempts to expel the accumulated energy.
Spinning (turning on oneself) is common in kennels and shelters.This type of obsessive-compulsive disorder is caused by a lack of physical activity, a lack of external stimuli, and the stress of being locked in a cage.
The third sign that your dog is bored is when he barks in your face.
An unending barrage of barking at you is a clear way of communicating with you. Perhaps he’s just saying, “Hey, I’m bored!” “Get off that couch!”
4) Apathy is the fourth indication that your dog is bored.
It happens when the dog has given up on getting you off the couch. At first glance, he may appear depressed or to have a medical problem. In reality, he could be bored, especially if he responds to your stimulus by playing peacefully.
If, on the other hand, he refuses to play and appears more depressed than usual, take him to the vet to rule out a medical problem.
Is the dog following you around the house, attempting to bite your pants or whatever else is in reach? He’s probably bored and thinks this is a good way to burn off excess energy.
6) Annoy other dogs
If you have more than one dog, the more bored of the two (which they will both be), the more he will playfully “attack” his friend. The attack’s “victim” may not be amused.
It frequently occurs when we bring a second dog into the house who is much younger than the one we already have. The needs are obviously different, and it will be up to us to recognize and address them.
7) Constantly lick the last signs of boredom in your dog.
This was also covered in a separate article. Some dogs, when bored, may overdo their daily grooming to keep themselves occupied. It will lick and paws until they shine, and then it will most likely switch to your “paws.”
The problem is that excessive licking can cause wounds, which can lead to self-mutilation. He licks himself to “give himself affection” and relieve tension; he makes a wound; he licks himself to relieve discomfort; he makes a bigger wound. A never-ending vicious circle.
How can it be fixed?
Give it more attention, go for more walks, and try to incorporate it into our daily lives.
Any activity you participate in together will strengthen your bond and make him happy.