Are you familiar with the old adage that a tired dog is a good dog? Well, it’s true. A dog that’s bored will find ways to amuse himself. He may engage in behaviors (think digging, chewing, and barking to name just a few) that you really don’t like. On the other hand, a dog who gets plenty of exercise—both physical and mental—will likely be calmer and better behaved. Instead of searching the house for things to chew or pestering you for attention, he’s more likely to curl up on his bed and take a snooze.
To explore ways to prevent boredom, check out the free workshop, Creative Behavior Outlets, being offered tomorrow by local non-profit, Your Dog’s Friend. Professional dog trainer Leslie Clifton, CPDT-KA, will discuss boredom and how it affects a dog’s behavior. She will cover a variety of activities designed to mentally stimulate your dog and fight boredom, including activities tailored to the instincts of specific breeds. Clifton will also display and demonstrate the use of several interactive toys you can use to keep your dog from becoming bored.
Creative Behavior Outlets will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 6030 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on Saturday, March 9. The workshop is free, but you should preregister with Your Dog’s Friend.