When you or I are left alone, we get bored… right? (some of us do, anyway.) Well, the same goes for your little (or big) four-legged friends too. But there’s so much that can be done to easily occupy our beloved little pupstars, helping to keep their minds, mouths and paws busy and (hopefully) the house in one piece whilst you’re at work making some money, or at the shops spending it!
So, what happens when you’re not at home? What are they doing and, even scarier… what are they chewing? Well, you’re the best to answer that! If you started your day with a 4-legged table and now have a 3-legged table… our bet is that Fido just might have had something to do with that!
Breeds of dogs have different energy levels, and therefore also different boredom levels. So if you're thinking of introducing a dog to your family, you may wish to take into consideration the breed, as well as your living arrangements (apartment or villa) and, more importantly, your family and how much time you all have to devote to that pupstar of yours. By evaluating this, you'll choose a breed that is suitable to your family and a dog that matches your family's "style", and therefore likely reduce the risk of dog boredom. For some helpful hints on choosing a dog breed, check out this quiz: http://www.pedigree.com/all-things-dog/select-a-dog).
A lot of destruction can occur in not much time when it comes to our pooches (remember that 4-legged table!!), so if you’re experiencing some missing shoes, wobbly tables, and doors with holes in them, then here are a few tips that may help you both:
Being away from home is inevitable for most of us at some stage, and for many of us that "stage" can be, in fact, consistent and prolonged, so the question of whether or not you should have a pet at all should be taken rather seriously. If you do have to put your pupstar into boarding you can feel at ease as we’ve got their stay as boredom-free as possible with The Lounge here at DKC (https://www.dkc.ae/what-we-do/boarding-daycare/the-lounge). However, there certainly are ways of dealing with this at home to help alleviate dog boredom and loneliness levels, so don't lose heart if you're a busy person who still wants to come home to "man's best friend" (yes yes, of course "woman's best friend" too!). Make up for your absence when you’re home, of course, and give Fido the Pupstar your undivided love and attention for at least some of the day - take him for a daily walk (or three!) and you will have a happy home, a loving pet and some furniture you can actually still use!
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