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“You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.” ― Isadora Duncan

Hey you,

Lost somewhere in suburbia
in a little patch of green,
under the canopy of concrete

I miss you. ⠀

Canine ennui: the existential woof

Ever notice your once-exuberant pup staring blankly into space, seemingly devoid of their usual zest for life? They might be experiencing a case of the doggie blues, we call it canine ennui (pronounced on-wee). Just like us humans, our furry companions can fall victim to boredom, listlessness, and a general feeling of “what’s the point?”

Canine sadness might not involve sad songs, but our furry friends have ways of expressing their boredom:

  • Destructive Digs: Suddenly, your furniture seems like a chew toy buffet? Destructive behavior like excessive chewing, digging, or scratching can indicate a bored pup seeking an outlet for their pent-up energy.
  • The Sleeping Beauty: Is your usually energetic dog napping through playtime and walks? While the occasional snooze is normal, a lethargic pup with a sudden lack of interest in activities they once loved could be a sign of boredom.
  • The Vocal Virtuoso: Unexplained whining or barking can be your dog’s way of saying, “Hey! I’m here! And bored!” . If your pup is whining more than usual, especially at odd times, they might just be trying to get your attention and playtime!
  • The Repetitive Routine: Chasing their tail or circling endlessly might look funny, but it can mean your pup needs more to keep their mind and body busy!

Enrichment Activities for a Happy Pup

Dogs thrive on a little variety and mental stimulation. Here are some ways to banish boredom and keep your furry friend feeling fulfilled:

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  • Spice Up Their Routine: Ditch the monotonous walk around the block and explore new trails, parks, or even dog-friendly stores. Novelty is key to keeping your pup engaged.
  • Engage Their Inner Sherlock: Scent work activities are a fantastic way to stimulate your dog’s mind and natural instincts. Hide treats around the house, play nose work games to keep those sniffers busy.
  • Social Butterfly or Lone Wolf?: Consider your dog’s personality. Socialization with other pups at dog parks, doggy daycare, or playdates can be a great way to combat boredom. For pups who prefer solo adventures, interactive toys or puzzle feeders can provide mental stimulation.
  • Interactive toys that dispense treats can all keep your dog mentally engaged and provide a sense of accomplishment.

By recognizing the signs of boredom and adding a sprinkle of exciting adventures to your pup’s routine, you can keep them happy, healthy, and wagging their tail away from the clutches of canine ennui. So, get creative, have some fun, and watch your furry friend transform from a bored existentialist to a tail-wagging ball of joy!

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