When it rains outside, even the four-legged friends often don't want to leave the dry four walls. Quickly do the business and nothing like getting back into your warm, cuddly basket. But even though dogs can sleep for about 17 hours a day, it comes around at some point: boredom! We tell you how to recognise them and what you can do about it.
Barking, chewing, whimpering - how to recognise bored furry noses
If your quadruped is bored, he becomes restless - just like us humans. And he makes this unmistakably clear to you through various signals. Many dogs start barking without reason, according to the motto "Master, mistress, here I am, pay attention to me! Other fur noses whine in high-pitched tones and this can really take your last nerve. Many a dog downright protests against boredom. At random they start chewing on or even break anything that is not nailed down. Now at the latest the dog needs action! But beware: wait for a moment of calm, otherwise your dog will learn that his nerves really help and will use them tactically in the future.
How to keep your dog occupied at home/h2>
Keeping dogs occupied indoors is really not difficult - all it takes is a few creative ideas and off you go with the fun. Here are our tips for bad weather days.
There is a lot of distraction lurking outside and this makes it difficult to practice commands, especially with young dogs. Inside you have it in your hands: Sit!, Sit!, Stay! And who doesn't know that learning is quite exhausting in the long run? So do not overdo it. Rather many short training units and regular breaks. This gives the dog enough time to process what he has learned and relax in between.
The real tormentors will be exhausted with search games. Hide your favourite toy or a food bag of your four-legged friend in the flat. Meanwhile the dog has to wait in his place. Afterwards he may start on "Search! Increase the level of difficulty calmly after a while - this is how you keep the interest.
Toys for the brain
There are plenty of intelligence toys for dogs. Mostly food has to be found by solving a task. That's when the head really gets going and that definitely takes its toll. But beware: dogs quickly lose interest in such games once they get the hang of it. So when buying a toy, make sure that it can be used for a variety of purposes.
"Get the stick!" - not so easy for many dogs. Sometimes, as a dog owner, you get the feeling that the furry friend just doesn't want to fetch. But don't despair: every dog can learn to fetch and in the beginning it's best to do it indoors, where there are no distractions. Especially with puppies, training is best started at home with a food bag anyway.
Rain can also be great
If your dog is a real bad-weather grouch, then it is up to you to change that. Because: Exercise is important for your dog at any time of the year and in any weather. In order to make your companion enjoy the rain walk, you should set a good example. Dogs simply notice whether we ourselves feel like going for a walk or not. Additionally, you can positively charge the rain walk with treats. And another little tip: If your dog just doesn't want to get wet, try wearing a mackintosh. So the next bad weather dogwalk can come!