High energy levels and boredom are two major reasons behind weird dog behavior. It makes sense that dogs want to live an active life. If you look at the life of a wild dog, around 80% is spent on scavenging and food hunting.
On the other hand, domestic dogs have helped owners in many ways. Domestic dogs have walked and worked with human beings for more than a thousand years. These dogs help in farming, hunting, and protecting families. Dogs like cattle dogs, collies, and German shepherds have been trained to take care of livestock.
Whether these creatures are scavenging by themselves or working on your land, their survival depends on problem-solving and plenty of exercises.
The Couch Potato
Unfortunately, things have changed drastically in the past few decades. Dogs have turned into couch potatoes. A common description that identifies modern dogs would be “Couch Potato”. These dogs are loved, fed and allowed to sleep all day long. As a result, the dog becomes bored and overweight. This results in a wide range of behavioral problems.
You don’t have to quit your job and take your dog on hunts or races. Instead, you must encourage the dog to move around and use its brain. Enrich the dog’s life with physical activities. Even when you are away, let the dog move around. This will increase the dog’s lifespan and enlighten its mood.
Using Food Puzzle Toys
Here is a simple way to keep your dog engaged: Try using food puzzle toys. As suggested by its name, these toys are strong containers that hold treats and food. Don’t let your dog get the treat/food easily. These toys need lots of patience and problem-solving skills. The toys encourage licking and chewing too! These activities have strong calming effects on the furry creature.