We all know that our dogs can’t contain their excitement when we get together and meet on the weekend for our Flyball comps. But what about when they are home alone during the week when we are off at work? I know my pooch has a tendency to get a bit bored and when he does he will chew things when I am not at home.
The other day I left my bottle of Alpha Brain on the coffee table (bad mistake on my part) and he had chewed through it and ate a couple of the tablets that came out. I think they sent him a bit hyper because he also got stuck into a cushion on the lounge, and he has never done that before.
This got me thinking that I provide him with activities to do on the weekend, if it is not Flyball we often hit a local trail and go for a run together. But I just leave him all day alone during the week with nothing
to do. So I went online to search for things to help keep him occupied when I am not at home.
Food Puzzle toys
These are great at keeping your dog occupied and using its brain on trying to find ways to retrieve a treat from the toy. KONG Toy, Buster Cube, Tricky Treat Ball, Tug-a-Jug
– I find I can’t afford this, but if you can it is a great option. They get to socialize with other dogs and they certainly don’t get bored.
– I have a neighbor 5 doors up who has a dog and works from home and I know she takes their dog for a walk about 2pm almost every day. I asked if she would take Jazzy (my dog) out with them and she was more than happy to do so.
– This is just a toy tied to the end of a piece of rope and I spin it around and Jazzy chases it. I just started doing this a week ago for 10 minutes each morning (with breaks or I get too dizzy) and it certainly has
made Jazzy less agitated when I am getting ready for work. I think he needed that bit of morning exercise after a night. You can buy a DogFisher or ChaseIt Pet Toy if you don’t want to make your own.
They had some other great ideas on this website pets.webmd.com, I also liked their No Free Lunch idea on page eight. But for today I have just mentioned four ideas to help you out if you have found you have had the same problem of weekday boredom for your dog.