If you’ve ever had a dog destroy your couch, bed or half your kitchen out of boredom, then you know how important it is to keep your pup occupied while you’re at work. As much as we want to spend time with our four-legged friends, sometimes we just need to be away for longer than we’d like. And in those cases, more than ever, these 10 ways to keep our dogs busy during the day may just be the most help to you and your pupper. Try one of them, or mix them up.
A lot can be said about the harm of TVs, smartphones and computers when using them to “raise” a child. However, when it comes to dogs, there isn’t much harm in trying if your dog likes watching TV.
Not all dogs are interested in the moving pictures on the screen, but some are easily fascinated by them. If your pooch is among the latter, the TV could serve as a nice babysitter while you’re at work. Still, this doesn’t mean that you should rely solely on the TV, as it can only distract a dog for so long.
2. Good Vantage Point
Regardless of their breed, many dogs prefer to have a good view to the outside world. The more outdoorsy your pooch is, the more interested he will be in having a nice vantage point to observe the streets, trees, parks, and buildings outside of your window.
However, just a small, uncomfortable window to look through can get boring for the dog pretty fast, but if you provide several different good spots, that’ll keep your pupper entertained for hours. Just remember to teach your dog not to bark too, as some may enjoy voicing their opinion about what they see on the other side.
3. (Customized) Puzzle Toys
Puzzle or interactive dog toys are of great importance when it comes to keeping your dog active and happy. Mental stimulation is as crucial as physical activity for most dogs to keep them healthy, particularly since while “solving” puzzles, dogs tend to jump around non-stop.
A puzzle toy can be anything, even something as simple as a hollow rubber toy that’s filled with pet treats that your dog needs to squeeze out of the toy’s small hole.
4. Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are a favorite game for many dogs. You can hide either toys or treats in random…