Is Your Labradoodle Bored?
Australian Labradoodles are intelligent, active dogs and, like people, some dogs have higher energy and higher levels of intelligence than others
Is your dog displaying some behaviour traits that are starting to become a problem? Barking all the time, jumping up and spinning around when you arrive home, or rushing at the fence barking when it sees a neighbour or neighbour’s dog? If your dog falls into one or all of these categories, they will most certainly benefit from structured exercise and a change of scene.
All dogs bark because this is one of the primary ways in which they communicate. When dogs bark there is always a reason. Normally they bark to tell you that something is happening, as a warning or to express excitement. However, those types of barking shouldn’t last for very long and normally aren’t a nuisance. Regardless of which dog behaviour expert you may follow, beyond your dog being in pain, they will say that a dog who barks excessively could well be suffering from boredom.
Exercise and a change of scene can do wonders for a bored dog
Jumping up and spinning crazily when you arrive indicates that your dog has a lot of pent up energy. The same can be said for dogs that constantly rush at the fence barking when it sees a neighbour or neighbour’s dog. They have excess energy to burn and are demonstrating to you that what is happening next door is more interesting than what’s going on at home. They are looking for ways to stimulate and exercise themselves. Dogs need daily exercise i.e. a good long walk to exercise their mind and body. Going for a walk is just as beneficial to a dog’s state of mind as it is for their body. And it is also beneficial for you 🙂 We all feel a bit cooped up after spending a lot of time in one space. Even with a good sized back yard, it’s the same for your dog! A change of scene allows your dog to experience the world outside of their normal surroundings. In order to be happy they need regular opportunities to smell new smells, see new sights and burn off energy.
The right amount of exercise depends on size, age and energy level but at least half an hour to (ideally) an hour of walking per day will go a long way to helping your dog. If it’s not possible to fit in a good walk every day due to your family and/or work schedule consider a dog walker to help you with this.
Socialising and other activities can help
Again, like humans, sometimes dogs just need a bit of company with those who understand them; in their case other dogs. There’s nothing sadder than a lonely pooch! Play dates and visits to the dog park are good opportunities for them to enjoy this interaction. For thousands of years, dogs lived in packs so socialising is ‘hard-wired’ into them and, therefore, extremely important.
New toys are another simple way of providing your dog with stimulating activities when you aren’t around. By changing toys regularly you give them the challenge of figuring out how to get the doggy treat out of the middle of that pesky ball or how quickly they can tear that ‘invincible’ chew-toy to pieces. If they are busy with these types of activities they are much less likely to bark excessively and you are much less likely to hear from unhappy neighbours. In this situation everybody wins; your family, your neighbours and, of course, your dog!