a dog entertained and engaged is good for dog and owner alike. Not only
will your dog be happier, but he will generally exhibit better behavior.
that are bored or lonely are prone to exhibit annoying or destructive behaviors
such as excessive barking, digging, or chewing. High energy dogs are especially
likely to act out if not given attention and exercise. Dogs are social animals
and need regular interaction with people. Plus this is much of the fun of
dog owner. Interacting with your pet either for grooming, or for play, or
for a walk, or simply to pat him is increases the
bond between pet and owner, and is an actual need for ones pet. If
a dog is left alone in the yard most of the time he will
be lonely, which can
behaviors such as barking or digging. For high energy pets, like labs and
other sporting dogs, they crave attention, interaction, and physically need
more exercise than most
dogs. As people often can’t spend all their time with their pet, providing
other ways for dogs to stay active and engaged when alone is helpful. For
some a favorite toy fits the bill keeping them entertained for hours. However,
many dogs will need more variety, challenge, and exercise. Providing a place
to dig or run, toys that are challenging, or areas that can be explored will
help a dog keep his mind and body active
which makes for a happier pet.
If looking for additional activities to do with your dog there are a good
number things fun for pet and owner. Take your dog to a new
hike (though it is wise to check in advance about an area’s dog policy).
For some dogs like Golden Retrievers a trip to a lake or other swimming
hole is as good as it gets. There are also organized sports for dogs. Agility
is one of the most common, a competition where a dog runs a timed obstacle
course. Flyball is a sport played by teams of dogs. These activities are
great not only for exercise, but as an opportunity for dogs to interact
with other dogs and people. The possibilities for added activity and entertainment
are practically endless. The more you do with your dog the happier you
are both likely to be.