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We all try to understand at all times what goes on in our dog’s head. Until the Chinese have perfected their useless invention of the “dog-man translator”, the only thing to do is to observe the dog carefully in order to try to better understand his mood.

Here are 7 clues showing dogs that are bored and need something to do. The dog is not a knick-knacker, and he absolutely needs a stimulating life that is respectful of his nature.

Don’t forget that some of these behaviors can also be signs of stress or separation anxiety. A consultation with a dog educator can help you determine the cause of your dog’s behaviour.


Does he eat sofas, shoes, pillows, walls and dig holes in the garden? Your dog could be awfully bored. Too much energy in the body and not enough stimulation is a lethal mix for your furniture. Chewing, or destroying something is an activity that releases some energy, while at the same time relaxing. Better to give it a Kong now and then.


We talked about it in a dedicated article here. This is a typical behavior that can hide other more serious problems, but in some cases it is only boredom that makes him act in this way. The dog tries to get rid of excess energy.

Spinning (spinning around) is quite common in dog kennels/refugees. Poor physical activity combined with the almost total absence of external stimuli and the stress of being locked in a cage causes obsessive-compulsive disorders such as this.


An incessant barking towards you is a clear way of communicating something to you. Maybe he’s just saying, “Hey, I’m bored! Get off the damn couch!”


It manifests itself when the dog has lost all hope of getting you off the couch. At first glance he may seem depressed or even have some health problems. In reality it may simply be boredom, especially if it reacts to your stimulus by playing quietly.

If, on the contrary, he doesn’t want to play and seems more depressed than usual, go to the vet to rule out a health problem.


The dog follows you around the house trying to bite your pants or whatever else is at hand? Most likely he gets bored and considers this behaviour a good way to get rid of excess energy.


If you have more than one dog, the more bored of the two (since both will probably be bored), he might even “attack” his friend jokingly. The “victim” of the attack may not be so amused.

This often happens when you take in a second dog much younger than the one we already had. The needs are clearly different, so it’s up to us to find out and remedy them.


We also talked about this in a separate article. Some dogs, if they get too bored, can exaggerate in their daily cleaning just to have something to do. They will lick themselves and their paws until they shine and when they are done they will probably pass on to your “paws”.

The problem is that licking continuously can create wounds that can lead to self-mutilation. You lick to “give yourself affection” and vent the tension, you create a wound, you lick to relieve the discomfort, you create a bigger wound. An endless vicious circle.


Let’s give him more attention, take more walks, try to include him in our daily activities. Any activity, if done together, will strengthen your bond and make him happy.


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