Mental stimulation is, as the name suggests, exercising the mind of the dog, and therefore it can assist in preventing boredom related problems – and leading to a happy, calm dog and owner.
With our busy lifestyles, many dogs can spend hours each day left to their own devices, sometimes leading to social and behavioural problems. As we learn more about animals, it is increasingly apparent that mental health is of enormous importance to their wellbeing and lifestyle. The following is a list of suggestions to provide Environmental Enrichment for those times when your dog is left home alone. As dogs are social animals it is vitally important that you spend quality time with your dog each day, so these ideas should be used in addition to your normal family interaction and an exercise regime appropriate for your dog. You should take great care to ensure that there is no danger to your dog or others in any of these activities.
Common boredom issues are;
Destructive behaviours, such as shredding pool liners, reticulation etc.
Although the above can be ‘normal’ dog behaviours, it can be prevented or managed using some, or all of the following techniques.