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How To Tell If Your Newfoundland Dog Is Bored (And What You Can Do About It)

how to tell if your newfoundland dog is bored

When a human gets bored they can search for things to do to keep them busy. 

They can go for a ride in the car, go out for a walk, work on a hobby or go to work. 

Our Newfies don’t have as many options as their human family does to keep busy. 

Instead, they rely on us to give them things to do throughout their day to keep their mind and body active. 

We basically control everything they do because we are their providers.

We feed them, we open the door for them, and we take them on adventures when it is convenient for us.

If we fall short, they can get bored. 

Boredom can lead to behavior issues and this can be stressful for you and for the dog.

Signs Your Newfoundland Dog Is Bored


A bored dog will try to find something to keep them busy so many of them will seek out something that is pleasant for them to chew. 

This could be a shoe, a chair, baseboards, or even your doors.


Sometimes a bored dog will try to find something to occupy their time and energy. Digging is a perfect way for many dogs to keep busy. 

They will often dig in a garden, along fencelines or even right in the middle of the yard


Dogs can bark for many reasons but if your dog is barking directly at you, he may be asking for something to do!

Don’t tell him to shut up, give him something to do!


If a dog doesn’t have anything to chew on he may resort to nipping your hands, arms, and ankles. 

Give him something to chew on like a stuffed Kong or a stuffed Orbee Carrot


Do you know how some Newfoundland dogs throw their paw at you when you don’t ask for it?

That’s considered attention-seeking behavior.

They are trying to get your attention because they need some lovin’ or because they’re bored. 


If your Newfoundland is sitting on the couch next to you staring you in the face, he might be bored.

He’s most likely asking for you to interact with him by giving him chest rubs or giving him something to do. 

5 Ways To Keep Your Newfie Busy

When looking for things to keep your Newfie busy it’s important to combine both physical and mental exercises. 

Many Newfie owners forget how smart their dogs are and how much they need to be kept mentally stimulated. 


Grab your leash and some treats and head out the door. 

You can do so much more on a walk than just walk!

Let your Newfoundland sniff around and explore the area a bit.

Work on small commands like sit and wait. 

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And when we are not practicing social distancing, let your Newfie socialize as you feel fit. 

Try to switch up where you walk every so often to keep it interesting too!

DIY Enrichment

Toss treats or dog food into things such as cardboard boxes, egg cartons, toilet paper or paper towel rolls, or plastic bottles to make your own DIY puzzles. 

Roll some treats or kibble into a towel.

Place treats or kibble around the house and let your dog “find it”. 

We love this idea of a DIY Busy Box Enrichment Toy.

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Chewing and Licking

Fill Kongs, Orbees or other stuffable dog toys with your dog favorite treats, place it in the freezer and then give it to them to work on.

I like to stuff our Kongs with a layer of peanut butter and kibble but you can also use non-fat plain yogurt, cottage cheese, canned pumpkin, wet dog food, low sodium broth or bone broth. 

You can add kibble, treats, apples, green beans, carrots, oatmeal, applesauce or a large variety of dog-safe fruits and vegetables. 

Check out: 39 Healthy Treats You Can Stuff In a Kong


Training your Newfoundland should be ongoing for every dog and just a few minutes a day can make a big difference!

Try refreshing basic commands and add in new tricks or commands as you go!

You can keep your sessions short, about 5-10 minutes each day!

Give Your Newf a Job

Don’t forget that you have a working dog.

Give your Newfoundland an easy job and then give them a harder one!

Make your dog work for his food by using a meal dispensing toy

If your Newfie is a digger try building them a digging box.

If you have the ability to get your Newfie into water training and draft training that is great and something you can continue to practice on throughout their life!

Also, try switching up their dog toys. 

If your dog has a lot of toys try doing a weekly rotation of the toys so that your dog doesn’t get bored with the same toys every day. 


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Jennifer Jordan

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Yes, we have done everything possible. I believe it is a behavioral issue, he is mad when he is in his crate (at night or when we are away) he is big so when he goes, its a lot and it takes a long time to clean up. right now he does it at least twice a week, i let him out at night for the last time around 11pm and we are up to let him out by 6am. and he is right outside our bedroom door. he makes no noise or attempt to let us know he wants to go out. we open our door and suprise! poo or pee in the cage.


Friday 31st of July 2020

Was wondering if you could give me some advice on our crate training....we have a 7 month old Male Newf and at night or when we are away we put him in his wire cage. 75% of the time within an hour or two he will urinate or defecate and make the biggest mess. He goes out on a regular basis, eats at the same time every day...this has been going on since he was about 4 months old and we are at our whits end.....any tips?


Tuesday 4th of August 2020

Hi Jenni

Have you tried to make the area in his crate smaller by blocking a portion of it off?


Monday 30th of March 2020

Our Lottie is really vocal when she's bored, lots of barks, whines and sighs. She does the paw throw too, something I've never had any other dog do and I find it really endearing. I love the idea of home made toys and enrichment boxes. I stuffed a tennis ball (pet-safe) into an old crew sock and tied a sturdy knot close to the ball. Lottie destroyed it in seconds, but I know she had fun with it!

Tails Around the Ranch

Saturday 28th of March 2020

thanks for these great tips. Having adopted a new OES, I'm becoming well acquainted with that whole paw throw thing. LOL

Beth Gloss

Friday 27th of March 2020

Hi, Thanks for all your tips, I will put them to good use. My female landseer has lots of energy. Beth


Saturday 28th of March 2020

You're welcome Beth! We've been using many of these with Odin and it has definitely helped with his energy level!

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