Entertaining Your Bored Dog

Posted by | July 14, 2009 | Trick Training | 13 Comments
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Sometimes dogs and pup’s display naughty behaviour and often this turns out to be due to boredom so try these tips to keep your puppy out of trouble?  Read on for more info…

Puppy Sandpit: Buy or make your puppy a sandpit.  Use non toxic sand and bury food treats within to encourage your puppy to dig there, not your garden!

Food Stuffed Toys: Buy a Kong toy and fill it with your pup’s breakfast, seal with a little peanut butter or cream cheese and leave them to work out how to get the food out, great to stop them chewing your things.


Cardboard Puzzle Box:  Fill a cardboard box with treats and scrunched up newspaper.  Tape up the box with a few holes in it to allow the scent of the treats to attract your dog’s attention.  Let them play and destruct the box, which in turn stops them destructing furniture!

Ice lollies: Make gravy ice cubes or lollies without the sticks and give them to your dog to cool them down on a hot day or just as a tasty treat.

Treat balls and cubes: Fill a treat cube with their food and rotate.  They will have fun pushing it around and learning how to effectively get the treats out.

Feel free to add any boredom busters of your own in the comments section!


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  • Daniele says:

    I have a 5-month-old yorkie and I made a “maze” out of a large carbdoard box for him, I cut out different size/shape holes on all sides of the box, some large enough for him to go inside and others only big enough to poke his head in. Then I throw in smaller toys with hidden treats and every few days I rotate the box so he has to think of how to get in and out of the maze for the treat.

  • Alyson says:

    I just put a few small treats in an empty plastic bottle for my puppy, she loves pushing it around and picking it up to get the treats.

  • gigi says:

    okay well i have already tried all of that and my lab puppy won’t do anything but bite stuff she is not suppose to what am i going to do with her i reallly don’t have a clue can you help me.

    • Sarz says:

      gigi,
      I feel your pain my hubby just got a lab puppy(which i clean up after and look after all day) too and I cant keep him entertained. He destroys any toy I buy. Even strong ones like the Kong. That only lasted a day.. $60 down the drain. I make him ice blocks but again they don’t last very long. I’m at my wits end.. So id love any help also

  • Bri says:

    Gigi, Just keep giving her things she is supposed to bite. When she is biting something she isn’t supposed to tell her no and look her dead in the eyes. Make sure she looks at you. Puppies usually know when they are doing something wrong after the first time you tell them. So say her name and tell her “NO.” don’t yell it…say it firmly. if she keeps doing it pop her bottom. Give her a few seconds to soak in her scolding. Then give her something she IS supposed to chew on like a tennis ball or a rubber toy. She is probably teething and just like a teething baby it feels good on her little teeth to chew. Also I have a ten week old puppy too named Oakley and he likes to chew on ME alot… lol. and his little teeth HURT! so after a few mild scoldings that he stopped reacting to I got a rolled up magazine and waited for him to repeat the bad behavior. When he started chewing again I told him “No.” When he didn’t stopped I popped him on the butt with the paper and he yelped. I gave him a minute to soak in his scolding and to make sure to keep our relationship positive I played tug-of-war with him and pet him for a while. Now everytime he is chewing I grab the magazine and he knows that means a butt-whooping. It is important that after scoldings you make sure to let them know you are still their friend… so don’t forget to do something fun with them or atleast pet them :) Sorry I typed a Novel but hopefully this helps! Good Luck and hang in their! puppies are smart and they learn fast!

  • melanie says:

    I have two puppies

    A lab and kelpie there very naughty but i find bones are the best thing to keep these kids entained and not destroying the house or backyard …

    hope this helps

    guys

  • Henry says:

    I have found bully sticks to be a great tool in occupying my mouthy golden puppy.

  • Lynsey says:

    I have tried stuffed Kong with my little 8week old puppy but he doesn’t seem to get it. He can smell the food and wants it but will sniff and then just not bother trying to get it out. I give it to him before I leave the room to keep him occupied but he ignores it, sits at the gates and cries. When I leave the crying, it turns into howling, a strange sound, like a donkey almost and is kind of heart breaking! I’m so afraid of leavin him
    In case he is miserable dog later in life!! Please, please help!!

  • Dottie says:

    I HAVE A CHIHUAHUA PUPPY NOT SURE ON AGE I HAVE TROUBLE POTTY TRAINING SHE SLEEPS ALL DAY EVEN I TRY TO PLAY WITH HER OR KEEP HAPPY SHE CRIES ALL NIGHT CHEWS ANYTHING SHE CAN EVEN WHEN I GIVE HER TOYS THE BIGGEST TROUBLE IS KEEPING HER AWAKE SO SHE WILL SLEEP AT NIGHT PLEASE HELP

  • Mark says:

    I have an 8 week old Viszler and she is very vocal when she is put down for the night, can anyone offer any help.

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