Do you get bored doing the same activity over and over again? So do dogs! For example, dogs enjoy a daily walk, but after a while some will need to be challenged and exposed to more activity. If not, they may become bored. A bored pet can then become destructive. Luckily, it is easy to occupy dogs using interactive dog toys or by doing it yourself.
Occupying Dogs Yourself
If you have time, you can play with your dogs and teach them new tricks. Learning tricks are a good mental challenge. If you don’t know what to teach, simply search the internet and you’ll find many suggestions to choose from. Also, search for “101 Things to Do with a Box” and get simple and fun ideas to occupy your dog using just a box.
If your pooch is well-behaved, take him with you when running errands. Dogs need to meet new people and be socialized.
Using Interactive Dog Toys
For pets who stay home alone, interactive dog toys can keep them occupied for a long time. Not only are these dog toys are challenging and enjoyable, they can also foster problem solving skills and increase memory sharpness. As dogs use these toys, they’ll likely become more easy to train.
At first, the parent needs to play with the dog and show him how to play. The dog toys often involve puzzles and shapes with special openings and hidden treats. Also, as your dog learns to solve the problems, you can provide them with more and more complicated toys. These designer pet products are available for puppies and all breeds, big and small.
Interactive Dog Toy Choices
Here are some examples of these types of toys (click on the images for more information):
Kong provides one of the most popular interactive toys in various sizes for puppies and up. They are not only challenging but also great for teething. You can fill it with Kong special filling or with any other treats your puppy loves, such as cheese, peanut butter etc.
Kyjen has a variety of interactive puzzles where the dog uses his nose to reveal the opening of hidden compartments with rewarding treats inside. These toys can make it more easy to train your dog to eat on command. They also help your dog develop problem-solving abilities.
Another option is the AiKiou (pronounced “IQ”) Interactive Dog Feeder. This item is part of a recommended program as an interactive feeder for dogs and as a slow feeder. Great for dogs who eat too fast, it can help prevent bloating by forcing them to eat at a slower pace.
Nina Ottosson provides another challenging puzzle collection where the dog learns to move blocks with its paws and nose in order to dispense treats. The collection has three levels of difficulty and is similar to the popular brick puzzle.
The interactive dog toys section at 4-legged.com has many more options.
Benefits of Interactive Dog Toys
The benefits of these products are nearly endless. Interactive dog toys:
prevent boredom, which often leads to destructive behavior.
provide mental stimulation, which is just as important to dogs as physical activity.
help teach dogs to eat at a healthier pace.
keep dogs occupied indoors with enjoyable activities when the weather is too hot or cold.
provide great opportunities for you and your pet to bond.
By 4-legged.com, The Pet Boutique.