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Dogs are man’s best friends. Like typical friends, they are often attached to us, craving our touch, attention, and love. Sometimes, we may not have the time or energy to play with our dogs and give them the attention they deserve.

During such times, your furry friend may get bored and engage in things that are destructive to your furniture, clothes, gadget, or worse, himself. If you want to occupy your dog with healthy or productive activities while you get busy, these tips are for you.

1. Turn on the TV

If your dog is bored and you aren’t available to ease his boredom, we advise that you keep him busy by turning on the TV. Like humans, dogs enjoy watching TV. In fact, they appear to love the act because you do.

To keep your furry friend glued to the TV while handling important things, you’ll have to put on a show that interests your dogs. Typically, dogs are often interested in watching shows that feature animals like themselves. Of course, the animals have to be in motion to pique their interest. If your dog loves rabbits in real life, we recommend putting on a show that features rabbits. Cartoons are a no-no as dogs would rather love to see a real animal than an animation.

2. Allow Your Dog to Look Through the Window or Door

Want to get busy and don’t want your dog interrupting? Open the window or door so that he can watch whatever is happening outdoors.

Things like the dogs playing on the street, the car emerging from the driveway, people talking, a rabbit scurrying into a hole., can keep your dog engaged. Dogs are visual animals like us, so motion images often pique their interest.

3. Leverage Dog Chews

Dogs often spend time with their meals, which is why we often use their mealtime to focus on important tasks. One of the best ways to ensure that your dog spends more time eating (thus giving you more time to focus on tasks at hand) is by giving them a long-lasting chew. With long-lasting chew-like bully sticks, you can get busy while your dog struggles happily with his meal.

In addition, to help keep your dogs busy, bully sticks help remove tartar, reduce bacteria on teeth and promote string jaw muscle. In a nutshell, they promote good dental health for your furry friend.

4. Introduce Scavenger Hunt

If humans find scavenger hunt exciting, dogs find it exciting and super-interesting. To keep your dog engaged with a scavenger hunt, you’ll need to hide something he loves the most. You can hide his meals which should be in the form of stuffed food puzzle toys to spice things up. Alternatively, you can consider hiding small piles of his kibbles around your home.

Scatter some handfuls of kibbles in areas where your dog likes to hang out, and he’ll be excited to hunt for his meals while you rest or work.

5. Get your Dog a Companion

Getting your dog a companion can help ease his over-reliance on you. With the presence of a friend, your dog wouldn’t have to tug at your feet often to get your attention. That way, you can focus on whatever you want to do without interruption.

But for this tip to work out fine, you’ll need to ensure that the new dog you are bringing home gets along with your existing dog. To do that, you’ll need to get the right type of dog, especially one with similar qualities as your dog. For instance, if your dog is exuberant, you should consider getting another dog with similar characteristics and vice versa.


Sometimes dogs can be a handful, especially when you don’t seem to have their time due to work or some important tasks. We advise leveraging the tips above to keep your dog engaged during such times. Of course, you shouldn’t limit yourself to these ideas. You can don your creativity hat and think of other ways to keep your dog busy while you handle important tasks at home.


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