Signs Your Dachshund is Bored (How to Fix It)
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Does your Dachshund rely on you for entertainment 24 hours a day? Do they show undesirable behavior when you leave them alone? This describes all of the Dachshunds I have had in the past and in the present.
I wish I could spend every day with my dogs at my side, but it just isn’t possible. We all need to step out for work, run errands, or just some personal space.
Dachshunds that rely on their human companions for full attention can get really bored when they aren’t around. So, how can we help our doxies stay occupied when we have to leave? Let’s learn together.
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My Dachshund Puppy, Eko, is 8 months old and he loves to play constantly. Our 14 year old dog, Bastian, doesn’t really care for playing or socializing with Eko. He just enjoys napping.
So, I needed to find other dogs interested in playing at his pace. At an early age, I set up several puppy play dates because socializing a puppy is so important and can determine how he will be as an adult dog. We had several play dates with a spry Labrador puppy, named Buddy. Buddy and Eko were best buddies. They loved to romp around the house together like a couple of wild children. But, Buddy got way to big and rambunctious, so unfortunately we couldn’t continue. I was growing more concerned about Eko’s fragile back.
Without Buddy around, Eko would soon miss his routine play sessions. I knew he would eventually become Bored at home without a playmate…and I was right. He is still a young puppy and not really ready to start the adult dachshund routine of being content with random naps throughout the day. We can’t have another dog right away, so I had to find alternatives to help burn off his puppy energy.
Here is a picture of Me and Eko. He is looking pretty bored with this Puppy Photo Session…haha.
Signs That Your Dog Is Bored
How did I know that Eko was feeling Bored? When I sit at my computer, Eko will paw at my feet and let out a small “woof”, which is adorable and I put him on my lap. My lap isn’t comfortable enough, so he gets down. This happens a few times per day. This isn’t a behavior that necessarily needs to be stopped. He was being polite about asking for my attention, so no real issue there.
But, one day… I was working on the computer, and I turned around to find Eko spreading bits of paper everywhere! I could just hear him saying “Look at me!” He had gotten up on a table, grabbed an envelope filled with papers (my son’s homemade paper puzzle), and quickly spread them all over the floor, right in front of me. Now you are coming in Crystal Clear, Eko!
I actually took a video of my Bored Puppy (on our YouTube Channel). Although this video cute, Eko was being very clear that he was bored and needed attention.
After a long day at work, the last thing you want to come home to is a BIG MESS from your dog. I am not talking about some paper being spread around, more like furniture being ruined. Chewed up pillows, peed on couch or carpet, garbage tipped over… does any of this sound familiar? Your pup is home all day and he is bored.
Bored Dachshunds are Destructive. They tend to get themselves into trouble just to entertain themselves when home alone. Unfortunately, this is a Common Dachshund Behavior Issue. Many doxies tend to get upset when you leave and they want you to know about it.
Note: If your puppy is under the age of 5 months old, they may exhibit similar symptoms: barking, whining, chewing, and going potty indoors. They are babies, this is normal puppy behavior.
Why do dachshunds bark so much? Excessive Barking can occur when they are bored. Barking at the window, barking when he is supposed to go potty outside, or barking when he just wants some attention.
Dogs that constantly bark in the evening may be doing so out of boredom. They need to have some playtime and more walks during the day to tire them out and help promote a good night’s sleep.
Why do Dachshunds dig? It could be one of two reasons: out of sheer boredom or out of instinct. Dachshunds were Bred to Hunt. During the hunt, they had to do a lot of digging to help track down their prey.
Your dachshund may try to constantly escape the house or fenced in yard if he is bored. Being in the same space day in and day out can be tough on a dog that is left alone. They may also try to jump, climb, or dig out to escape.
When you arrive home and your doxie explodes with over-the-top energy, they are bored at home without you there. They act like they can’t get enough of you when you get home. This may also be coupled with submissive peeing in your presence.
Does your pup constantly chew on his paws or chase his tail round and round? Your pup is bored. When you walk around the house, do you feel like you are being stalked by a short-legged shadow? I admit, dachshunds are famous for following us around, but they also love to explore and sniff. If they are Always at your feet with no rest, that is obsessive behavior.
How To Stop Dog Boredom
Ok, so, we discussed the several symptoms of Dog Boredom, now how can we fix it before it gets worse? Because it can get worse! Dogs are bored or extra anxious when they lack daily mental and physical stimulation.
All dogs need exercise and playtime every day. Even if it is just a few minutes, this can help your dog have something to look forward to and properly tire them out. How can we prevent dog boredom? I have some ideas for you to try.
Routine Exercise is considered physical stimulation which not only prevents boredom, but also helps lower your dog’s anxiety and stress level. Take your dachshund on a 20 minute walk before heading out the door. This will give your doxie the one-on-one time he craves.
Take your dachshund on some nature hikes. My dachshunds LOVE hiking with me and my family. They keep up just fine, they even try to sprint ahead of me at times. I always use a dachshund harness during our hikes and walks to protect their spines and avoid collar choking. Here is a full list of some more Fun Activities For High Energy Dogs.
Keeping your Dachshund occupied with Interactive dog toys and puzzles can help them stay mentally stimulated so you don’t have to worry about them getting bored while you are gone. Dachshunds are hunting hounds. They love to use their brains to search for hidden items, run, and play.
Solving puzzles develops your dog’s intellectual skills. Using a puzzle or IQ dog treat toy will increase their excitement to learn by including yummy treats with playtime. Help keep your dachshund occupied for longer periods of time and reduce destructive behavior or Separation Anxiety.
Dog IQ Puzzles:
Dachshunds love to dig, search and find hidden toys. The Squeaky Hide and Seek Plush Dog Toy (From Amazon) will definitely lower your doxie’s boredom levels by far.
Treat Dispensing Toys:
Peanut Butter Kong: Consider giving your dog some food or a frozen peanut butter Kong Toy Treat before you leave. This is one of my favorite ways to keep my dogs occupied for hours while I am away. Check out the How to use a Kong Toy Simpawtico Dog Training YouTube Video.
Bob-A-Lot: Our Absolute Favorite Dog Treat Dispensing Toy is the Bob-A-lot (from Amazon). This toy makes it easy to keep Eko happy, busy, and rewarded with doggie treats. It helps reduce anxiety and provides hours of mental stimulation for pups that get bored easily. This toy dispenses dog food or small treats slowly to prevent over-eating and obesity.
Eko LOVES his Bob-A-Lot Toy! Watch Eko’s cute video with his Bob-A-Lot on our YouTube Channel.
Dog Snuffle Mat:
Little Eko and his Big Brother, Bastian, both Love this doggy activity mat! They want all of their meals on this mat now, it is too cute! This dog activity mat is a great way to keep my pups busy using their brains and having fun hunting for their dog food or hidden treats.
How Do I Keep My Dog Entertained While At Work?
Even though I don’t travel to work anymore, I still could use some help with Eko’s constant need for playtime. The Wicked Ball is my #1 Choice for keeping your Dachshund occupied while you are out.
The Wicked Ball is an interactive toy that responds to your dog’s touch. It rolls around the floor and lights up to keep your dog (or cat) engaged in play. It is charged through USB, so no batteries to worry about. I believe it is reasonably priced considering all it can do! You can find the Wicked Ball on Amazon. You can watch Eko’s Wicked Ball video below.
You can find some more entertaining Doggie IQ Puzzles, Boredom Buster Activity Mats, and Interactive Tech Dog Toys on our Dachshund Gift Post. They will definitely help keep your pup occupied for a while.
Leave a radio, tv, or a fan on before you leave for the day to help your dog listen to familiar sounds while you are gone. Creating a Calm environment can be a big help when it comes to keeping an anxious dog relaxed. You could also try TV for Bored Dogs on YouTube.
If you work full-time or are unable to let your dog out during the day, get some help. You can ask your friendly stay at home mom or retired neighbor if they want to earn some extra money for letting your dog out.
Search for some local dog walkers in your area. I have used the Rover.com app to look up local caregivers to let my dog out when I’m gone for the day or evening. It comes with lots of reviews and is super easy to use. Hiring some help during the day while you are away can help lower your dog’s anxiety and give you peace of mind.
If your dog is bored, he may just need some extra playtime to tire him out. There are a lot of doggie day cares that will allow your dog to come play for a couple hours or for the whole day, giving you a break. If you work full-time and your dog is bored and alone all day, consider taking him to a dog daycare, at least a couple times a week.
Dog Day cares require all dogs to be updated on their shots. As an extra bonus, a lot of the dog day cares have cameras that you can watch from your cell phone or computer while you are at work, so you can check in on your furry friend any time.
Dachshunds can go play too! When we had play dates with Buddy, he was playing really rough with Eko as he grew, so I was becoming more concerned about Eko’s back. So, I really like to take Eko to doggie day care once in a while to play with other small dogs that are his size. This is an awesome way to give my dachshund some exercise and keep him socialized with other dogs.
If Dog Boredom continues, overtime, it may develop into something much worse. Dog Velcro Syndrome and Separation Anxiety are a more severe form of Boredom and Acting Out.
What is Velcro Dog Syndrome?
This is definitely more of a severe case of clinginess that some dogs develop. Dogs with Velcro Syndrome must be with their humans in order to feel happy and content. When their owners leave, they really panic. This syndrome usually isn’t something that your dog is born with, but can develop as they grow older.
What Causes Velcro Dog Syndrome?
Some believe that Velcro Syndrome is mainly caused by a dog’s owner! That may be ‘partially true’, because we all treat our Dachshunds like babies, don’t we? I believe the dachshund dog breed tends to be more dependent and clingy.
Others believe that this syndrome could be caused by a lack of proper training, too much stimulation during the puppy phase (not enough down time by themselves), or if they were weaned too early. Being weaned too early can also cause Dog Separation Anxiety.
Top Velcro Dog Breeds:
Believe it or not, Dachshunds did not make the list of Top Velcro Dog Breeds. I have checked google in and out, and the list remains the same.. no doxies listed. After owning and loving Dachshunds for the past 20 years, I can tell you, they are pretty darn close to being a Velcro dog breed. When I sit, there is a dachshund on my lap. When I cook, sleep, go outside, my dachshund is at my feet.
Now, the dachshund may be missing from this list because Female Dachshunds are more independent than their Male Counterparts. When I was a child, I grew up with a female dachshund who could remain in our home without being kenneled when we stepped out. As an adult, I have only owned male doxies, and they DO NEED TO BE KENNELED when I leave the house, or they act out.
Separation Anxiety is a condition that causes dogs to freak out and act out when they are left alone. Symptoms of Separation Anxiety include barking, going potty indoors, chewing and causing mass destruction on household items, escaping, pacing, and drooling. Here is some more in depth information and Separation Anxiety Solutions For Your Dog.