How to Enrich Your Dog’s Life

Dogs are meant to be active and energetic—if they’re bored or have pent-up energy, it might manifest itself with destructive or other bad behavior. Use these tips from a Sugarland veterinarian to help enrich your dog’s life.

Provide Chew Toys

All dogs need to chew—it relieves their natural desire to chew, and keeps their jaws, teeth, and gums healthy and strong. Make sure your dog always has plenty of safe chew toys, and switch them up now and then so your dog doesn’t get bored with them.

Games

All dogs love to play. Spend time every day playing games with your dog. The classic fetch and tug-of-war always work, but you can come up with other fun routines for your pet. Not only will these entertain your dog and make her happy, it will exercise her body and tire her out, allowing her to sleep through the night.

Social Outings

Go to a dog park or just take a walk around the block to let your dog interact with other dogs, as well as people. As long as your dog and the other neighborhood dogs you encounter are friendly, it will make for a great social opportunity and truly enrich your dog’s life. You can even consider setting up doggie playdates with friends or relatives who have dogs.

Hide Treats

Try hiding a few treats in various nooks and crannies around the house. Your dog will love using her powerful nose to seek out the hidden treats. You may have to point some out the first time you play, but your dog will probably get the idea, especially if you encourage her to “Find it!” or “Go look!”

Training

Another great way to stimulate your dog’s mind and enrich her life is through training. Even older dogs can learn new commands and tricks—do some research to find out how to train your dog, or call your Sugarland veterinary professional and ask his or her advice.