Just like humans, spending time outdoors is important for canines; in fact, it may be even more important for our four-legged best friends. Even though dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, they are still closely linked to their ancestors. Since ancestral canines lived among nature, domesticated dogs have a strong connection and desire to be outside. Plus, being outside gives them the opportunity to get the exercise that they need to stay strong and healthy, and it prevents them from getting bored. You’d probably end up getting pretty bored, too, if you spent all of your time inside.
While opening up the door and letting your dog run wild in your yard is certainly acceptable, you don’t want it to become a habit. Leaving him outside for long periods of time without specific activities or tasks could result in frustration and boredom, which could lead to the development of problematic behaviors; incessant barking, digging, breaking out of the fence, and running along the fence line (and destroying your lawn or garden in the process), for example.
So, how do you keep your dog entertained when he’s out in the yard? The trick is to provide him with activities that will keep him mentally and physically stimulated. Here are some great suggestions that will provide hours of outdoor entertainment.