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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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Pets of the Week: July 6  The Herald-News

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1000 pets in need to receive free care  VeterinaryPracticeNews.com

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This Dog Water Bottle Has a Hidden Feature That Makes It Easy to Keep Pets Hydrated on Long Walks  PEOPLE

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4 Ways to Help Transition Pets to Post-Quarantine Routines  Yahoo Finance

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Keeping pets safe during Fourth weekend  KOLN

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Elmbrook Humane Society launches ‘Connecting from the Couch’ pet behavior support program  WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee

N.J. pets in need: July 6, 2020 - NJ.com
N.J. pets in need: July 6, 2020  NJ.com

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Pets of the Week | Pets  Index-Journal

East Bay pets of the week for July 10 - East Bay Times
East Bay pets of the week for July 10  East Bay Times

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Reuniting with your pets after fireworks | News | wsmv.com  WSMV Nashville

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Runaway pets wind up in SoCal shelters in the aftermath of Fourth of July fireworks  KABC-TV

Cops are also shooting pets in Black and brown communities at high rates. - Slate
Cops are also shooting pets in Black and brown communities at high rates.  Slate

San Diego Humane Society works to reunite pets with owners after holiday weekend - fox5sandiego.com
San Diego Humane Society works to reunite pets with owners after holiday weekend  fox5sandiego.com

Bonnie Hays reports fewer lost pets at shelter than other years following Fourth of July weekend - KPTV.com
Bonnie Hays reports fewer lost pets at shelter than other years following Fourth of July weekend  KPTV.com

Dr. Jacob Frydman Pet Care Will Donate All Fee At National Feed a Rescue Pet Week from July 27 to August 3 - News Anyway
Dr. Jacob Frydman Pet Care Will Donate All Fee At National Feed a Rescue Pet Week from July 27 to August 3  News Anyway

Experts Share Tips on Keeping Family, Pets Safe in Intense Summer Heat - FOX 21 Online
Experts Share Tips on Keeping Family, Pets Safe in Intense Summer Heat  FOX 21 Online

Experts: More pets lost on July 4th - PAHomePage.com
Experts: More pets lost on July 4th  PAHomePage.com

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Heat wave! Here’s how to keep your pets safe in hot weather  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

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PET OF THE WEEK, JULY 4, 2020: MEET WEBBER  wvua23.com

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 5, 2020 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 5, 2020  Summit Daily News

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Protecting new pets from COVID-19 as concerns rise across the country  Fox 28

Good Day Pets – Meet Jack the Cat! - KCAU 9
Good Day Pets – Meet Jack the Cat!  KCAU 9

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons new sea creatures make the best pets  Polygon

RFD receives pet oxygen masks | Local News - Greensburg Daily News
RFD receives pet oxygen masks | Local News  Greensburg Daily News

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Standard Journal Pets of the Week for the Wednesday, July 8, 2020 edition  The Polk Fish Wrap

NJ Mooses Law prohibits animal abusers from owning pets - New Jersey Herald
NJ Mooses Law prohibits animal abusers from owning pets  New Jersey Herald

Hot Paws: Keeping Your Pet Safe from the Heat - erienewsnow.com
Hot Paws: Keeping Your Pet Safe from the Heat  erienewsnow.com

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Local shelters extra busy with lost pets after 4th of July | KMVU Fox 26 Medford  KMVU Fox 26 Medford

Dumb Friends League Working To Reunite Pets Who Got Out During 4th Of July Weekend With Their Owners - CBS Denver
Dumb Friends League Working To Reunite Pets Who Got Out During 4th Of July Weekend With Their Owners  CBS Denver

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How to Make Your Pet Happy, With Animal Behavior Expert Zazie Todd  Lifehacker

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Looking For Your Pet After July 4th Holiday? Check Out Finding Rover  CBS Denver

Lost a Pet During the Holiday Weekend? Here's What to Do - NBC San Diego
Lost a Pet During the Holiday Weekend? Here's What to Do  NBC San Diego

Humane Society reminding people of danger of leaving pets in hot vehicles after dog left in car dies - KMBC Kansas City
Humane Society reminding people of danger of leaving pets in hot vehicles after dog left in car dies  KMBC Kansas City

Local animal shelters brace for increase in lost pets due to fireworks - FOX 31 Denver
Local animal shelters brace for increase in lost pets due to fireworks  FOX 31 Denver

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Significant Changes in Airline Pet Travel Options: Company Offers Safe Alternative  TippNews DAILY

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'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19  AZCentral

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Surprise! Pets get people through hard times  PetfoodIndustry.com

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Aldermen OK Ban on Sale of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits at Pet Stores to Stop Breeders  WTTW News

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MWI Animal Health Announces New Offerings to Alleviate Financial Burdens of Pet Care  Odessa American

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Two Las Vegas animal shelters to participate in national pet adoption event  KLAS - 8 News Now

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Georgia  KCBD

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Waco Volunteer Fire/Rescue receives pet oxygen mask donation  Richmond Register

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Pet dogs may improve social-emotional development in young children  Medical Xpress

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Pets At Home Commits to Next Gen Customer Engagement with Aptos ONE and the Cloud  Retail Dive

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Someone is shooting people’s pets in Pinedale  Buckrail

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High temperatures are felt by your pets as well  WHIZ

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Coronavirus notebook: Ohio extends jobless benefits; Krohn to reopen; adopt a pet  Cincinnati Business Courier

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Puppy Luv: Helping Homeless Pets Off the Streets and Into Loving Homes  citysuntimes

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Pittsburgh Public Safety Urges Pet Owners To Avoid Leaving Animals In Cars Amid Soaring Temperatures  CBS Pittsburgh

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Country Dayz Pet Resort sets 'Yappy Hour'  Wilmington News Journal, OH

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Pets of the week: A couple of quiet guys looking for a home  Duluth News Tribune

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CBS3 Pet Project: How To Help Comfort Your Pet During Thunderstorms, Fireworks  CBS Philly

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Law enforcement seek public help investigating string of pet shootings in Pinedale  Oil City News

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Keep your pets safe this weekend with these fireworks safety tips  Clarksville Now

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COVID Renews Calls to Bring Down Pet Population  Cleveland Scene

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Pet hospitals find ‘alarming’ increase in parvovirus cases amid COVID-19 pandemic  ABC 4

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As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk  Carolinacoastonline

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A timely reminder that pets shouldn't be left in hot vehicles  NewmarketToday.ca

Adoptable pet: Meet Winnie - Tallahassee Democrat
Adoptable pet: Meet Winnie  Tallahassee Democrat

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The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19  The New York Times

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Fort Leonard Wood service member, spouse win $250 in AAFES pet photo contest  Myguidon

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34 Pet Products From Amazon That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses  BuzzFeed

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Pet helps alert family of Franklin house fire  WSMV Nashville

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FDA cautions pet owners about infecting their pets in new video  CNN

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These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28  SILive.com

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My Pet Pal: Sperry - News from southeastern Connecticut  theday.com

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Pet of the week: Cy  Billings Gazette

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Chubbs  ThurstonTalk

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Pet of the week: Tippy  Middletown Press

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Open Farm Joins Loop to Sell Reusable Pet Food Packaging  waste360

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Pets perish in Otisfield fire that destroys mobile home and camper  The Bethel Citizen

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Pet of the Week: Look at little Leo!  WKRG News 5

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Pets of the Week: 100 Litter  WITN

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Class pets become long-term pandemic houseguests while St. Louis schools are out  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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THESE are the homemade wet foods you can feed to your pet dogs and cats  PINKVILLA

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Pet of the Week likes making new friends  The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Dog lovers show off their pets' skills in dog agility competition  Fox11online.com

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Pet of the Week | Local News  Gloucester Daily Times

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Austin and Kat Expands Partnership with Pet Food Experts  PetProductNews.com

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Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear  CNN

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What is the average cost of pet insurance? Depends on your pet - Business Insider  Business Insider

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How to create a pet-friendly landscape in your home  The Star Online

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2 pets killed in Fort Wayne house fire  WANE

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Lightning-Sparked Fire Destroys Manchester Home, Kills Pets  Manchester, NJ Patch

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Special Report: The pros and cons of purchasing pet insurance  WSBT-TV

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What to do if your pet runs away during a major holiday  KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News

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PET OF THE WEEK: Chase | Featured | ivpressonline.com  Imperial Valley Press

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Iowa Supreme Court sides with pet allergies over support animal in tenant dispute  KCRG

Pet of the Week: Puppy, Puppy, Puppies! - KGET 17
Pet of the Week: Puppy, Puppy, Puppies!  KGET 17

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Pet caregiver provides tips to keep your animals calm  KLKN

Adopt-a-Pet July 6 - Chadds Ford Live - Chadds Ford Live
Adopt-a-Pet July 6 - Chadds Ford Live  Chadds Ford Live

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COVID-19 Impact on Global Veterinary Healthcare Products for Pets Market Trends Analysis, Top Manufacturers, Shares, Growth Opportunities, Statistics & Forecast to 2026  3rd Watch News

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Get a sketch of your pet, help Blue Ridge Humane Society  WLOS

These tips will help ease your pets as you return to work - WBAL TV Baltimore
These tips will help ease your pets as you return to work  WBAL TV Baltimore

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Keeping your pets safe during monsoon season | Critter Corner  AZFamily

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Choice Pet Expands Distribution, Partners With CanineActiv  Pet Age

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Pet of the Week: Leo | Community | claremoreprogress.com  Claremore Daily Progress

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Feasibility of blood testing combined with PET-CT to screen for cancer and guide intervention  Science Magazine

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Is Raw or Homemade Food Good for Your Pet?  WebMD

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New Centre County shop caters to pets and owners, with adoption opportunities in the works  Centre Daily Times

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