Contribution from freelance writer Sally Writes
Boredom caused by a lack of stimulation not only creates an unhappy pet, but it can also cause your dog’s brain to shrink. Prompted by distress, this may lead to your dog exhibiting destructive behavior or simply appearing lethargic. We all want what’s best for our pets, and providing plenty of stimulation for your dog should be seen, not simply as an indulgence, but essential to their happiness and health. With just a few simple changes or additions to your dog’s routine, you can provide a stimulating environment that will stop your dog getting bored and anxious.
A Range of Stimulating Toys
For keeping dogs mentally stimulated, toys should be seen as a necessity. This is especially true if you have to leave your dog alone for
any period of time. Toys are vital for their well-being, by providing
entertainment, distraction and comfort throughout the day. Dogs quickly
get fed up with the same toys, so it’s a good idea to routinely rotate
and update them to keep your dog stimulated. A regular subscription box
is a convenient way to introduce innovative and unusual accessories to
your dog. When your dog has a good mix of durable chew toys,
interactive games and challenging treat dispensers to choose from, they
dog will be happily entertained and stimulated.
A Change to the Routine
most dogs enjoy a steady and regular routine, especially those who are
particularly vulnerable or anxious, small changes can be exciting and
create moments of interest in their day. Try some simple obedience
training for a few moments each day in order give your dog a mental
workout. Make sure they know how to sit and stay, and teach them when to
pick up or leave an object. At the same time as keeping them busy and
engaged, you’ll be improving their behavior and teaching them new
tricks. As a reward, and to keep them mentally alert, you can hide
treats for your dog in interactive toys, or around the garden for them
A New Outdoor Adventure
if you have scheduled, regular times for walks and exercise, simply
taking a different route can expose your dog to interesting and unusual
surroundings, sounds and scents. Your dog’s sense of smell is 10,000
times more sensitive than yours, and when they stop to sniff, they are
busy acquiring and processing information, often from traces of
pheromones from other animals. This means it’s important to give your
dog plenty of time to explore stimulating scents in
order to make the most out of even a short walk. Meeting other people
and their dogs in the park can also be stimulating for a sociable dog.
As well as encouraging good physical exercise, playing with other dogs
of a similar nature is a fun distraction, and a great way for your dog
to let off steam.
As well as physical exercise, dogs need mental stimulation to keep them happy and to prevent undesirable behavior. By mixing up their routine, encouraging them to work for treats, and rewarding them with a selection of interesting and engaging toys, you can be assured that your dog is happily entertained and living a fulfilling life.