Just like their pet parents, our loyal pets can get bored too! Keeping them both physically and mentally stimulated can be fun for both them and you! Activities ranging from a walk through the neighborhood, to an agility course and everything in between are some great ideas to keep your pet from being bored.
- Take your dog to doggy daycare for socialization with other dogs
- Spend time training your pet. By nature, they want to please you and learning obedience skills will benefit everyone
- Hide treats throughout the house or play hide and seek! That's one of my dogs' favorite pastimes!
- Change up your walking routine - scout a new neighborhood. Everyone may make a new friend or two along the way
- Use interactive toys and treat puzzles
- Assign your dog a household chore! This one will take patience and training for you both, but wouldn't it be great if your dog could put their toys away every day?
- Some breeds of dogs have natural instincts and abilities and encouraging those will keep them physically and mentally challenged. A great example is a lure course
- Build a digging box for your dog (and cat!) A dedicated pet sandbox was one of Little Orange Kitty's favorite things and she refrained from using it as a litter box, much to my surprise!
- Consider a pet pool, or possibly take your pet on a trip to a nearby lake. Be sure to check the water quality and safety before allowing your pet into any lake to avoid toxic algae and other hazards
- Treat your pet to a spa day - massages, a bath, and a nail trim!