How can owner-dog interactive games fight boredom in dogs?

Playing with your dog on a regular basis is one of the best ways that you can help fight your dog’s boredom. Bored dogs often become bad dogs, because they find new ways to entertain and occupy themselves. Often times, this can result in destructive behaviors, excessive barking and oversleeping. Owner-dog interactive games are also a great way to keep your dog mentally and physically alert, which will help your dog live a healthier and happier life.

Owner-dog interactive games generally involve some type of toy or obstacle. A simple example of a owner-dog interactive game is the game of fetch. Throwing a toy or ball and having your dog run to, retrieve and return the toy or ball reinforces the owner-dog bond, while also giving your dog physical exercise. A more complex example of an owner-dog interactive game is an obstacle course or agility course. Set up some obstacles, such as a serpentine, and show your dog how to maneuver through the obstacles.

Teaching your dog a new trick or command is also a good way to interact with your dog and fight boredom. Teach your dog tricks like roll over, play dead and beg. Not only are these tricks and command useful, they will also strengthen the owner-dog bond while mentally stimulating your dog.

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