In a way, dogs are like kids, they need something to do and if you don’t give them that something, they’ll find something on their own, generally not to your liking. As a species, they’re used to working but the only job most dogs have these days is that of a couch potato. The most common cause of problem behavior is boredom and a lack of sufficient exercise. While you spend your day away from home, your dog usually stays at home with little to do. The result can be behavior problems such as:
Many times, you can stop this inappropriate behavior just by giving your dog enough physical and mental exercise. Take the time to play games with your dog, jog with him, go hiking or biking, swim or take long brisk walks each day. If you take slower walks and let your dog sniff when on your walks, it gives him mental stimulation but doesn’t give him enough physical exercise. So you’ll need to do more to burn off the extra energy. Always remember, a tired dog is a well behaved dog and a happy you!
Here’s a short video showing Beau, a beautiful boxer getting on the treadmill for the first time. Beau is unsure of new situations, people and places, so we think he did really well for his first time!