Dog owners know the kind of trouble a bored dog can get into. From tearing up magazines, rummaging through trash, or other destructive behaviors, a bored dog can wreak havoc. Corrective punishment is only part of the solution. The other part is making sure that our dogs are physically and mentally stimulated. Below are signs of boredom dogs can exhibit.

Attention seeking behaviors such as whining, or barking are sure signs. They can also get more physical by jumping on you.

Destructive behaviors often suggest boredom.

Following their owners around. This one is a bit trickier. Some breeds are more apt to follow around their owners than others. If they appear to be excited or anxious while following you around, that is typically a clue that they are doing it out of boredom.

The best way to deal with a bored dog is to stimulate them both physically and mentally. Exercise helps engage them physically, and to an extent mentally. Walking outside is very stimulating for dogs. Puzzle treat dispensers and indoor games like tug of war are also great ways to engage them. An engaged dog is a happy dog, and a happy dog makes for a happier home.

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