Pet problems – how to bust boredom in pets

Is your pet bored? Do they have enough toys and activities to keep them occupied while you’re not at home with them? A problem that a domestic pet may face is being bored at home on their own while you’re at work or play.

According to the RSPCA, one of the ‘5 Freedoms of Animal Welfare’ is making sure your pet has the freedom to express normal behaviour, by being able to move around freely and have activities or toys to play with so that they’re not bored.

To keep your four legged friend entertained while you’re not at home, we’ve listed below some top boredom busters to keep your pet happily purring or wagging their tails.

Give them interesting toys

Dogs and cats need something to play with when they are at home on their own. Cats are born explorers and dogs are very playful creatures, so they need toys to keep them entertained and their brain actively working.
Fun toys that provide a mental challenge are great for keeping your pet entertained during the hours while you’re at work. There are toys available for dogs that have food hidden inside, giving your dog a challenge to work on throughout the day to dispense the food. Try out different kinds of toys to see what they like the most to play with, and put different toys out on different days to keep them interesting.

Cats love to hunt and explore and so need areas with spaces they can hide in as well as toys to pounce on. For a cat, hang some dangly toys from their scratching post such as a toy mouse with a bell. Also give them some light toys that they can move and chase around.

Spend time training your dog

Training your dog is a great way to get their brain working, eliminating boredom, creating a bond between you and them and also establishing you as the master in the house. Dogs are pack animals, and they need to know who the leader of the pack is for them to know their place and behave appropriately. When the puppy or dog is learning commands, it should just be the leader who gives the training sessions.

Adding some training sessions to your dog’s daily routine will help them to use up some of their mental energy each day and will also teach them new commands, taking away some of the boredom from their minds and making them better behaved and more obedient.

Make a doggie play date

If you and a few friends have dogs, organise a day that they can play together in a park or backyard or any space that they can be supervised. Allowing your dog to socialise is crucial for them to get enough exercise and relieves their boredom through playing with other dogs. A dog play date is a great way to relieve boredom as well as allowing your dog to get enough exercise. Dogs benefit from playing with other dogs in many ways, but make sure your dog and the dogs they play with have their vaccinations up to date.

Take them to doggie day care

If your dog is going to be at home on their own for a long period of time, it may be a better alternative to book them into doggy day care where they will be supervised and cared for throughout the day. Ask your vet for recommendations of a suitable dog care centre near you. An alternative to this may be to hire a dog walker to take your dog for a walk during the day when you are at work.

A happy dog or cat will have toys to play with, will get enough time to spend with their owner and will be well trained. This is turn will create calm and well behaved obedient pet for you, allowing both pet and owner to have a great relationship.

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