What to do if your dog is bored?

If you own a dog, you already know just how intelligent they are. Many breeds, such as Labrador retrievers and Dachshunds, were in fact bred to do jobs. So it’s no wonder they get a little bored when you’re out doing yours.

These days, most of us have to go to work to keep our beloved pets stocked up with their favourite treats, but this often means our pups are left on their own for almost the whole day with little to no stimulation.

So if you dread opening your front door when you get home in anticipation of the mess you’re going to find… You probably have an under stimulated dog.

We’ve put together some tips to help give your buddy something to do when you can’t be there:

Morning walk:

It should go without saying, if you’re going to be out all day, walk your dog before you go! Set your alarm that little bit earlier and get out with your best friend. It’s good bonding time for you and your dog and it should take the edge off… at least for the morning!

What to do if your dog is bored ?

Dog walker:

A tired dog is a easy dog! Even if you’ve walked in the morning, your dog is going to start wondering what’s next on the agenda for their day by the afternoon… This is where a dog walker can really help out. Check out Tailster carers in your area.


If you can merge food and play into one activity, you’re onto a winner. Try stuffing a kong with wet food, peanut butter (xylitol free) or banana and freezing it. If you have a hound who follows his nose first and foremost, try scattering treats all around your house so they can hunt them out during the day.

Doggy day care:

If you have a very social pup, consider signing him up to a doggy day care. That way he can play with his friends and you can be sure he’s being supervised all day long. Take a look at how Tailster can help. Just watch your PoochPlay activity tracker soar!

All in all, you want your dog to live a fulfilled life. What do you do to keep your dog entertained while you work?

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