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Tips for Overcoming Boredom and Routine Stress


There are many ways in which you can prepare for, and participate in, you dogs overall health. Providing the necessary shots, diet and exercise are but a few of the ways in which we may meet their daily health demands. Still, there is one area which even many of the most well meaning owners, breeders, trainers, etc. overlook- the state of the animals mental health. Providing for this is just as important as is their physical well being.

Just what exactly can someone do to make sure their dog is mentally healthy and to detect and solve problems before they reach a critical stage? Many solutions are available to combat the stresses of kennel life, or of life indoors, for a dog which remain alone a good bit of the time.

First, many problems often occur as the result of simple boredom. Just how long do you think you could go behaving "correctly" if you were deprived of social, physical and mental stimulation? The length of time would vary from person to person. The same holds true of your dog. Dogs are social creatures and rely heavily upon your contact with them. Again, some more-so than others.

Still, as we all know, you cannot maintain 24 hour contact with any animal - unless maybe you were stranded on a island somewhere with only it as your companion.

There are many other responsibilities we all share in other areas family, career, etc.-which take up a great deal of our time and otherwise cut down on the amount we may spend in our kennels. It is for this reason that it is so important to plan things to keep your animal alert and stimulated mentally to cut down on problems which arise, most notably, from boredom. Boredom is one thing kennel animals (and house dogs as well) face on a daily basis. Not only is this very bad for the dog, but it is highly preventable as well. Many of the most common problems or anti-social behaviors occur as the result of boredom. Excessive barking, fence running, digging and stool eating are all examples that may initially begin as acting out behaviors to overcome boredom. Many of these problems could be solved with just a bit of forethought in the planning stages of kennel development. If your kennel or living area is already constructed, then there are many other ways you can provide for your animals mental health by overcoming or avoiding this problem.

First, where exactly does your dog spend most of its time? You can provide toys as a way to relieve the anxieties of kennel/inside life. Not only do toys provide stimulation and fun but they are the easiest place in which to start. Once you have made sure they are size appropriate for your dog you have a vast array of kinds and types from which to choose. If you are creative and good with your hands then you can create many things yourself. Who says "store bought" is always better? Most importantly, make sure that they are too large to swallow.

Providing a different toy each day or week on a rotating basis is one idea to prevent the dog from becoming bored with the object first introduced to relieve actual boredom. Moving the location of water and food dishes are another idea. The introduction of fruits or vegetable slices, such as carrots or apple slices, are another interesting item the dog doesn't get on a regular basis and also are good and safe supplements if the dog happens to eat them. Large marrow bones, kongs, hard rubber balls (larger than your dog can swallow), and stuffed animals are other choices. Remember, super- vision of these toys is a must, especially in the initial stages.

If the dogs kennel area will allow, hanging toys are a lot of fun for your pet. If suspended by a spring, they will snap back when the dog turns it loose. If you use a rope to suspend a toy make sure it is single strand. NEVER suspend it low enough that an accident may occur. The addition of bells or other types of noise makers are also good choices provided they are attached in such a way that the animal can't get to them. Remember that you will need to check these additions frequently for signs of wear or needed repair. If you allow your dogs out of their normal confinement, and you have an empty available space (large size is not required) in your fenced yard, then there are things you may add there as well to appease your dog. Obstacle courses can be set up in a minimum of space and with little or no monetary output. Being creative does help though it is not a necessity.

Tires partially buried, upright so that the dog may pass through them, are quite effective and fun once you teach the dog how to successfully navigate them. Even the larger wooden slides, ramps and walk throughs as found in many children play- grounds are very effective in working with your animals. While living in an apartment in the past, Cera and I frequently visited the playground of a local elementary school to play on their equipment when school was out. Needless to say, she loved it. Overall, the only limiting factor in overcoming boredom for your pets is you! Thinking creatively can easily modify your pets environment so that it is safe, interesting and fun. Freedom from boredom is not only essential for you but for your pets as well. Mental stimulation is important!

Article written and reprinted with permission of: http://www.pedigreedpups.com/ Purebred Dogs, Puppies and Dog Breeders - "Your New Best Friend"

Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.

Debbie Ray, owner of: http://www.pedigreedpups.com is a lifetime dog lover and owner and breeder of german shepherd dogs for over 15 years.


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Teen hopes to find ‘forever homes’ for pint-size pets  The Washington Post

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Pets of the week  Chicago Tribune

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Expert gives tips to help pets deal with separation anxiety when owners return to work  WFSB

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Pet of the Week Evie | Pets | independenttribune.com  Independent Tribune

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Secondhand Hounds Rescue Merges With People & Pets Together Food Shelf  Twin Cities Business Magazine

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Helping pets adjust for your return to in person work  WENY-TV

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Meet Thomas, Twyla, Archie and Eve, this week’s Pets of the Week in San Gabriel Valley/Whittier  The Pasadena Star-News

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PAWS Chicago's latest virtual adoption event is waiving fees on overlooked pets  Time Out Chicago

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Taking care of aging pets: Part 1  GR|MAG

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Pot for pets? House bill would allow veterinarians to prescribe marijuana  The Providence Journal

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High-Tech Gadgets for Pets  Mansion Global

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Celebrity Pets We Lost in 2021  PEOPLE

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Pets of the week: 4-13-21 – WBKB 11  WBKB-TV

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U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing  NBC News

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Pets celebrated at National Pet Day event  KHON2

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Pet Supplies Plus Supports National Pet ID Week Through Discounted Microchipping  Iosco County News Herald

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7 tips for keeping pets safe during Thunder Over Louisville  WDRB

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If You're Returning To Work IRL, Begin Adjusting Your Pet's Schedule, An Expert Says  LAist

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See The Latest Adoptable Pets In The Babylon Village Area  Babylon Village, NY Patch

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Your View by American Kennel Club: Why a ban on pet store sales won’t improve conditions for animals  The Morning Call

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Secondhand Hounds joins Minneapolis nonprofit to keep People & Pets Together  ECM Publishers

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Dilworth City Council to discuss limiting pets, microchip licensing  INFORUM

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Pets Help Children Reduce Their Stress and Stay Active During COVID-19 Pandemic, Survey Finds  PEOPLE

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Northport Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Bam Bam & Pebbles  Patch.com

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VIDEO: Expert gives tips to help pets deal with separation anxiety when owners return to work  WFSB

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‘Fur to Fin': Pets Take Field Trip to Aquarium  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Purr-son Who Loves Her Pets  The New York Times

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Humane Society pet food pantry helps keep people and pets together  KSTP

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Pet of the Week: Stewie  Newnan Times-Herald

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So your dog ate a cicada: What to know about Brood X and pet safety  CNET

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PHOTOS: Barrow County Animal Control Adoptable Pets of the Week — April 12  Gwinnettdailypost.com

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'Exotic pets' require specialized attention | Lifestyles | ncnewsonline.com  New Castle News

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Pender Co. officials urge owners to vaccinate pets after rabid bobcat killed  WECT

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Furever Friends: Pets available for adoption  WJAC Johnstown

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Don't let dogs chase wildlife and other tips for keeping pets safe in the wild  St George News

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Harley  KCBD

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Pets of the Week for April 13, 2021  WKRN News 2

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EMPTY THE SHELTERS May 5-9 reduced pet adoption fees  NBC 15 WPMI

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Meet the Delta Animal Shelter Pets of the Month: Pebbles and Smoke  WJMN - UPMatters.com

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Homeowners, pets safe after destructive house fire in northwest Springs  KKTV 11 News

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Oregon Humane Society helps 7K ‘pandemic pets’ find homes  KOIN.com

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Humane Pennsylvania gives out more than 400,000 pounds of pet food during the COVID pandemic  The Mercury

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Video The Impact of Reopening on Our Pets  WebMD

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Daughter helps save family, pets from garage fire in Huntertown  wpta21.com

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KCK dog gets lots of pets and treats after alerting neighbors to owner's medical emergency  KMBC Kansas City

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Low cost pet vaccine clinics in Nueces County  KIIITV.com

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Dilworth City Council to discuss limiting pets, mandatory microchips  INFORUM

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Beware of certain flowers around your pet  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Humane Society offering free pet food giveaways in April - Local News 8  LocalNews8.com

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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of April 11, 2021  Summit Daily News

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Destination Pet clinic offering grooming and boarding services coming to Prairie Village  Shawnee Mission Post

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New Chicago veterinary center offers affordable pet care  FOX 32 Chicago

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Petco Commits to Increasing Its Assortment of Sustainable Pet Products to 50% By the End of 2025  PRNewswire

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How to help your pet cope with separation anxiety  KIIITV.com

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On National Pet Day, Andrew Yang remembers dog he gave away  Fox News

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Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt Partners with Canidae Premium Pet Food for Launch of New Sustain The Goodness Campaign and Product Line  PRNewswire

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Pets' names used as passwords by millions, study finds  BBC News

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Newark, Delaware man looking into license to keep pet deer that's house-trained  WPVI-TV

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Harmony Vet Care offers affordable pet care for dogs, cats, and the occasional pigs and rabbits  ABC Action News

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Andrew Yang Defends Giving Up His Dog After Backlash to National Pet Day Post: 'That Still Hurts'  PEOPLE

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Smithtown Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Betty Boop  Patch.com

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Dilworth City Council strikes down pet limit proposal  Valley News Live

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Sorghum Demand Cashes in as Pet Sales Skyrocket During COVID-19 Pandemic  Agweb Powered by Farm Journal

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The 19 Easiest Pets to Take Care of  Newsweek

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Pet Pals: Black and white domestic short hair cat is looking for a new home  WWAY NewsChannel 3

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Pet of the Week: Rosa  Reston Now

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Painfully honest pet adoption ad gains attention for 'demonic' chihuahua  KIRO Seattle

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Major training: Bidens' dog gets professional help after biting incidents  Morganton News Herald

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Dogs banned from Chicago firehouses after one kills smaller pet walking near station  Herald-Mail Media

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PHOTOS, VIDEO: Ride the All-New "The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash" Dark Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood  wdwnt.com

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Pets on the Plaza: Meet Kosher - 47abc  WMDT

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Allegany County hosting free drive-thru rabies pet vaccination clinic Saturday  WGRZ.com

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Animal Foundation running low on pet food, asking for donations  FOX5 Las Vegas

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Online pet purchase scams impacting local families costing victims hundreds of dollars  KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News

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WATCH: Adoptable Pet of the Day, meet Ms Match  WIVT - NewsChannel 34

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Online Pet Sitter Loses Dog, Lies About It, Owner Says  Patch.com

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Homeowner, pet displaced after Portsmouth house fire  wtkr.com

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Hello Idaho: How owning a pet can benefit your mental health  KTVB.com

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News - Dilworth to consider limit on pets per household  Valley News Live

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Spring flowers are pretty, but may be harmful to your pet  WANE

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Launches Spanish Pet Adoption Platform  ATP Tour

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Pets with Potential: Meet Angel  WCAX

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Major coronavirus variant found in pets for first time  Science Magazine

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Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn't Lay Down  Crunchbase News

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Pet adoption event taking place at Woodpeckers' ball field in Fayetteville  WTVD-TV

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Clark County Pet of the Week  Springfield News Sun

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Chicago Removes Firehouse Dogs After Family Pet Attacked, Killed  NBC Chicago

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Some pet dogs need expensive therapy after lockdowns  Fox News

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How To Get Your Pet Ready For Your Return To Workplace  CBS Pittsburgh

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GALLERY: News 2 celebrates National Pet Day!  WKRN News 2

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