When we adopted our furry friend, we never imagined that they would have so much energy. We all know that having a pet is a commitment; they need more than just food, water, and shelter. Part of owning a dog especially, is dedicating yourself to making sure that they have the most active lives possible. This can be particularly difficult because many of us go to work everyday, leaving our pups at home to fend for themselves. Keeping your dog entertained may be easier than you think. In fact, dogs do not tend to get bored easily because their attention span is relatively short, and their concept of time is very different from ours. There are several simple ways to keep your dog entertained while you are gone, or even when you get home from a busy day at work so that you can focus on other things during your free time. While it is important to interact with your pet, give them plenty of exercise and stimulation, it is also important to give yourself a break now and then, and let your furry friend entertain himself for a while.
One of the easiest ways to keep your dog entertained while you are gone is to get him a special toy that he loves, regardless of who’s home. Different toy brands offer different designs that have interactive mechanisms for your dog to play with. You can purchase your dog a hollow toy that you can fill with his or her favorite treat and let them go at it for hours trying to get it out. This is good for building your dog’s dexterity and cognition—allowing them to be dedicated to a specific task is what dogs tend to thrive on. Another dog toy that has shown to help develop dogs’ skills and intellect while keeping them plenty busy for hours is a dog puzzle. This is an interactive toy that will put your dog’s skills to the test and keep them occupied while you’re gone. It is especially fun to watch them try to figure out the puzzle if you’re able—in other words, dog puzzles also serve as entertainment for you!
Another way to keep your dog entertained is to give them an outlet to the outside world. If you think about it, it can be a sad existence to spend every day indoors, in the same house all day. It is important to make sure that the dog has plenty of natural sunlight to keep their spirits up. Also, if you can make sure that they have access to a window or a glass door to look through then they can stay entertained simply watching birds and squirrels all day. Dogs are generally great at entertaining themselves as long as there’s a window to watch nature from. Another popular trend in dog entertainment methods has become various dog channels on television. If you aren’t worried about the electric bill, leaving the TV on for your pup can be more entertaining than you may realize. Dog channels have integrated specific shows that capture your dog’s attention and keep them intrigued by all the fun dog stuff that they love—whatever that is.
Of course, another way to keep your pup entertained is to get them another furry friend. No, we don’t mean a hamster. When your dog has a companion or a friend to be with all day, it can make those lazy days less boring. The only thing worse than having to stay home all day while your best friend is gone is to have to stay home alone without any company. If you’re having trouble keeping up with one dog, adding another may not be the greatest idea. However, if you’ve been considering it anyway, then you may want to look into how beneficial it can be for animals to have companion animals around them. Not only does it keep the boredom at bay, it teaches your dog invaluable social skills and pet etiquette. When your dog has a friend to play with, the chances of getting bored are much lower, and it has been shown to improve their mood significantly.