Preventing Doggy Boredom

By March 1, 2017Blog

Does your canine buddy spend a lot of time home alone while you are at work? As much as we would love to abide by our pets’ wishes, and spend all of our time offering belly rubs and ear scritches, most of us have to leave our furry companions at home while we go off to work. Fido is both intelligent and playful, and can easily get bored with nothing to do. We can help! Read on for some great tips from a San Leandro, CA vet on ways to keep your pooch entertained while you’re off earning money for pet food, doggy toys, and treats.

Toys

Make sure your pup has plenty of toys to play with. Puzzle toys can keep Fido amused for hours! Kong toys are also great for beating the bored-doggy blues. Here is a fun DIY option: drop a cupcake tin on the floor, upside down, and put a few pieces of kibble between the slots. Your four-legged friend will have a blast getting his snack! Remember to swap your furry buddy’s toys out regularly, so he doesn’t get bored with them.

Window View

Just like cats, dogs often like to look outdoors and see what is going on. Offer Fido a safe, comfortable spot, so he can supervise the neighborhood cats and squirrels and create nose art on your window.

Games

This one will have to wait until you get home, but why not play some games with your furry friend? Put a treat in one hand, and make Fido pick which hand has the treat. Tag, tug-o-war, and fetch are more good options. Scavenger hunts are also lots of fun for our canine pals.

Play Sessions

Before you head off for work, take your pup on a long walk, and spend a few minutes playing with him. A vigorous round of fetch will burn off Fido’s excess zing. Afterwards, your furry pal will probably be ready for a nice, long nap. This will help the time pass more quickly for him.

Entertainment Options

Turn a TV or radio on for Fido before you leave. The sound of voices and music will help keep your canine companion from feeling lonely. You can even find programs made just for dogs!

As your San Leandro, CA animal clinic, we are here to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs. Please contact us anytime.

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