Dogs, cats and other pets can get bored just like we do. I know I like to nap, binge-watch Netflix, or cook a lot of food and overeat when I’m bored. Keeping our minds and bodies active is important for our health, and science shows this is true for pets, too.
As an example, we have two large, active dog breeds in our house - Kerrick and Hermes. When they get bored or don’t have enough toys, they sleep a lot, get very anxious, and generally can start to act out in undesirable ways. According to Our Family Vet [LINK TO: https://www.ourfamilyvet-springs.com/articles/general/418324-canine-environmental-enrichment] in the Springs, “Environment enrichment is the process of making your pet’s living space engaging and stimulating in order to decrease boredom and avoid any associated consequences. Keeping your pets busy and engaged with mental games, active training and enough daily exercise will protect both your pets and your furniture.”
There are many ways you can add some stimulation into your pet’s world that don’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Check out these easy and green pet-parent projects you can try this spring.