Think your dog might be bored? Dogs are energetic creatures with a high desire to socialize and play. Dogs get bored when they're too inactive, and a bored dog means an unhappy dog. Being able to recognize signs of boredom in your dog is an important part of owning a dog, and playing with your dog is a great way to regain his energy. Bored dogs can harm their environment. If your once angelic dog has started biting on your sofa, shoes or other items, it's time to take action to stop the behavior before it becomes a habit. Tug of war is a great game for dogs who like to put things in their mouths. However, before playing any game that involves biting or sniffing, be sure to educate your dog on what is edible and what is not.