Tug-of-War, fetch, find it, and are all great games we play with our dogs to help to build an incredible bond between species, while games like hide-and-seek and puppy ping pong help our dogs to learn everything required.
As you read this, you most likely have been disentangled, isolated, or even a week or more as a social problem. So what does it feel like? Are you bored after cleaning the house several times and binge-watched all Netflix? Maybe you are on edge, juggling just wanting to go outside but you can’t so you redirect your frustration to your spouse or your kids. Was? Now you know what it feels like to be a dog.
Talk about boredom and frustration
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many of our routines. New normals exist. And the environment enrichment and mental stimulation of our dogs should be one of those new normals.
As stated previously, chewing is a natural and must-practice behavior for dogs. We just need to make sure they practice it on their safe chewing toys, not our expensive furniture. Other hard rubber toys will again make great chew toys, as do the bone bones.
Tug-of-war, fetch, find it, and are all great games that we play with our dogs, helping to build that incredible bond between species, while games like hide-and-seek, runaway recall and puppy ping pong help our dogs to learn everything necessary. These games will not only tire our dogs physically; they will also exercise them mentally.
In the garden keep some treats and toys and let your dogs lead you to them. Or take them for a walk in a park and let them see the wonders of nature through their noses.
This is a time of change. And now that we know how boring it is to be a dog, we can change their lives for the better. If we let dogs really be dogs – let them do naturally doggy things – it is good for their mood, their behavior, their quality of life. Make improving the environment and mental stimulation of our dogs the new normal.