6 Signs Your Dog Is Dying of Boredom

Posted by Samuel Nieves on

We all know that a tired dog is a good dog. Dogs who aren't given the time of day are usually the ones most humans refer to as "bad dogs." But always remember this: there is no such thing as bad dogs, only bad dog owners.

1. Destructiveness

There is no such thing as bad dogs, only bad dog owners. A destructive dog can be the result of many bad habits a dog has picked up–or never learned to stop doing. A bored dog can easily become a master at destroying just about anything they can get their mouths on. Tasty or not.

A dog that remains destructive throughout their life is the result of very little human intervention. Dogs are not born to be a menace to your household; training and socializing always plays a key role in this.

2. Barking and howling

Dogs bark and howl for many reasons. Understand why dogs bark, and you'll begin to realize that 'the bark' is one of their most powerful tools of communication. However, barking and howling with no particular reason is a good sign your dog is bored.

3. Restlessness

Pent up energy can result in a dog being very restless. They wander throughout the house, they're constantly sniff the nooks and crannies of your house, they can also begin to pace in areas of your home they spend most time in.

4. Awkward creativity

Dogs that are bored will sometimes learn to entertain themselves in the most creative ways. Not all dogs have the intuition to do so, but if you've ever laughed your butt off when watching your dog spontaneously do something and out of the ordinary, it's probably because they are bored.

5. Sighing

Yes, dogs sigh. Especially bored ones. If your dog sighs–and whines–constantly around the house then they are expressing to those around that they are anxious or upset. Humans sigh all the time when we're discontent with something. Granted human sighs differ very much from dog sighing (I sigh when I get mustard on my shirt) and dogs, well, we don't know exactly what a dog sighs at because they don't talk.

However, studies show that the reason humans sigh is because it acts as physical and mental-reset. And it's our job as dog owners to pick up on these cues.

6. Attention brats

Consider it a good thing if your dog gets excited when you get home from a long day out. This just means you've formed a strong bond with your dog–and should it be 10 minutes or a few hours, they will show it physically when you walk back in through the door.

Then you have dogs that never seem to calm down. They constantly jump on your lap, try and lick your face, or shove their favorite ball onto your lap. This is all a result of pent up energy. The attention needs to be burned off with a quick game of fetch or walk around the block. Training a dog or telling a dog to end this type of behavior is very unhealthy for the dog. This is equivalent to a child nagging you to read them a book, or asking you to get on all-fours and play cops and robbers. Dogs aren't necessarily brats, more often than not, we pair ourselves with a dog is not compatible with our willingness to have hobbies outside of watching TV.

Always remember this: a tired dog, is a good dog.


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