Is my dog bored?

(31 Posts)
CrazyNewDogLady Mon 14-Mar-16 09:53:27

I rescued a dog on Saturday. She's lovely. She's nervous because some cunt kept her locked in a cage on a puppy farm but she's getting attached to us and I even got to belly rub this morning.

I just don't want her to be bored.

I take her out about three times a day for 20 minutes round the block, after which she sleeps for a couple of hours.

She's got loads of toys but hasn't shown any interest in any of them at all. She's played with toys before because she was fostered but when she was fostered she had another dog to show her the ropes.

She can't jump up so can't sit on the sofa and look out of the window.

Sometimes she just lies on her blanket (she won't get into her basket, that's maybe another thread!) and looks around at the room and I'm getting so worried that she's bored.

Not just yet because she's only been home for a couple of days but is there anything I can do to make sure she's not bored?

I want to make her life as good as possible.

She's about 3 and is a border terrier cross.

TIA smile

Redcherries Mon 14-Mar-16 11:26:39

Does she have a Kong toy? My little lad is quite happy just to sleep the day away but loves a Kong filled with bits and pieces of treats, he can spend an hour playing happily on his own. I read the other day about freezing the treats in it so it takes longer to get them all out?

CrazyNewDogLady Mon 14-Mar-16 11:57:08

Redcherries No I haven't got her a Kong yet. As I said she's shown no interest in any toys at all (we got some bacon flavoured ones) so I don't know how she'd get on with one.

MaitlandGirl Mon 14-Mar-16 12:09:22

Kongs are great as they're an interactive way for the dog to get their food - instead of just eating out of a bowl they have to work for it.

Also, if she's on dry food what about a treat ball that she has to roll around so her kibble falls out of it.

It's still very early days so don't worry too much. I'd say she's still a bit unsure rather than bored - ime bored dogs are destructive rather than quiet.

Cheerfulmarybrown Mon 14-Mar-16 12:25:56

Give her time! Poor thing has only just arrived at a new home - go at her pace and let her get used to things.

I would just be gently led by - her don't introduce too many new things at once.

Redcherries Mon 14-Mar-16 13:05:03

Mine have always ignored the bacon flavoured chew toys too, typical as those aren't cheap! Our last dog never really liked toys, but he loved a teddy bear and would carry it around and sleep with it. I'd agree with the PP that said they tend to be more destructive when bored.

Current dog is a terrier and he has only ventured off his bed for about 5 minutes so far today and that was because he thought he might get food ;)

I hope she settles in soon.

Redcherries Mon 14-Mar-16 13:06:31

If you do consider a teddy bear/soft toy avoid any with plastic eyes. (If she doesn't already have one)

mrssmith79 Mon 14-Mar-16 13:21:14

Probably more bewildered than bored, poor little love. You've done a wonderful thing - I'm sure once she's settled it'll fall into place.

CrazyNewDogLady Mon 14-Mar-16 13:23:21

Oh thanks ever so much for all the replies. I'm glad to hear that you guys don't think she sounds bored. She was rescued from a puppy farm and she's got such a sad face, I just want to make every single moment good for her smile

We're taking it really slowly at her pace. We've taken her on a few short walks around the block over the last couple of days which she seems to love. We haven't ventured far yet as she's still nervous and we want to get her confident walking around an area she knows well where nothing much happens, rather than a noisy unpredictable park.

Other than that, we've just left her to her own devices. We've put her toys out but she's not shown any interest.

She's snoring on a blanket at the minute smile

CrazyNewDogLady Mon 14-Mar-16 13:24:15

Redcherries We've got her a few teddies but no plastic eyes, thanks for the advice. Good to know in future smile

pigsDOfly Mon 14-Mar-16 13:29:53

You might find she never plays with toys, some dogs don't. My dog is not big on toys, has one or two that she likes but rarely plays by herself so unless I play with her, when we're in the house, she tends to sit and doze or watches me. I will rub her tummy and have a little chat as I pass her or do a bit of training with her from time to time but otherwise she likes to do her own thing i.e. relaxing.

You're giving her plenty of walks so she's probably not bored, just finding her feet in a new home so is a bit quiet. When she's a bit more settled you could try some brain work with her, just teaching some simple tricks will get her brain working and make her tired and relaxed.

Dogs do spend a lot of time just sitting and staring and as pps have said a bored dog is usually destructive.

She'll be happy enough to be in a loving home, the rest will follow. smile

CrazyNewDogLady Mon 14-Mar-16 13:50:02

Thanks pigsDOfly I'll definitely be doing some brain work with her once she's settled. She's got a pretty good vocabulary already so I'm sure she'll learn lots.

mrssmith79 Mon 14-Mar-16 13:58:37

Surely I'm not the only one who needs a pic of this lovely girl grin. Come on OP grin

CrazyNewDogLady Mon 14-Mar-16 15:50:59

Here she is in her foster home!

mrssmith79 Mon 14-Mar-16 15:52:21

Gorgeous grin

CrazyNewDogLady Mon 14-Mar-16 16:16:17

She's a star.

I'm worried she's a bit cold though. She seems to be shivering quite a lot. The trouble is we've got all the doors open so she can come and go so it's a bit drafty. It might just be nerves at her new surroundings.

Either way, she's wonderful smile

insan1tyscartching Mon 14-Mar-16 17:20:30

Oh lovely dog smile I wonder if she's trembling rather than shivering? Eric's a trembler when he's worried. A change of routine sets him off. He has a knitted sweater that he wears that seems to calm him down, I wonder if yours would like to wear one?

pigsDOfly Mon 14-Mar-16 18:41:24

She's gorgeous and you're clearly smitten.

Sounds like the shivering could be nervousness. She's had an awful lot of changes in her life so far.

Hopefully once she know she can relax it will stop.

CrazyNewDogLady Tue 15-Mar-16 18:13:52

I think the trembling might well be because of a change in routine. Whenever we change an activity like go from talking at the dining table to washing up or from watching TV to me being on the phone, she starts to tremble.

I've been giving her some reassurance when she does it but not too much as a friend advised not to reward her for this but just to carry on and let her see everything's okay.

It's only day four so I'm sure everything will come out in the wash.

insan1tly I do love a good dog jumper! I might see how she is with one in the coming weeks.

lukasgrahamfan Wed 16-Mar-16 19:43:05

Look at 'thunder jackets' on the net. It may help her in some situations and I think there are good reviews. They also help with fireworks and maybe just good to have one around? She looks lovely, and I wish you many happy times with her.

What is her name?

lukasgrahamfan Wed 16-Mar-16 19:48:28

BTW in my experience rescue dogs and rehomed older dogs are angels for about 3-4 weeks....and they gradually start testing the boundaries in a few ways as they get confident and their feet under the table!

It means they feel settled, happy and secure enough with you to try their luck see if you love them in my humble opinion! Just what I have found with mine.

MelanieCheeks Wed 16-Mar-16 19:57:05

I don't think you need to keep all the doors open. She probably needs a sense of security, rather than freedom to go where she likes. She's a cutie pie, enjoy!

LilCamper Thu 17-Mar-16 10:14:15

Reassuring her won't make it worse. being anxious is an emotion and not a behaviour, She can't help being a bit scared. Reassure away, you can't reinforce an emotion.

If a child wakes up from a nightmare scared the first thing you do is give them a hug....hugs don't make them more scared.

pigsDOfly Thu 17-Mar-16 11:02:01

Yes, this does seem to be accepted by a lot of people that you shouldn't given a frightened dog too much reassurance but I know with my dog that if she's nervous about something - usually walking past something strange, as she not generally a nervous dog - she'll look up at me and I'll say, 'it's okay, you're fine' and she'll accept that as reassurance that I'm in control of the situation.

Obviously I realise that the words I use are irrelevant - dog's english isn't that goodsmile - and it's my tone of voice, but it's become the way we deal with unknown things. Can't see any harm in making an animal feel it's being protected and is safe.

LizzieMacQueen Thu 17-Mar-16 14:27:09

As she was rescued from a puppy farm and she's now 3, how many litters do the vets think she's had? Do dogs miss their young, I guess they must do.

I don't think she's bored, just a bit bewildered.

Good luck.

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