Food Dispensing Toys
There is NO rule that a dog needs to eat out of a food dish. In our house, Sadie eats every meal out of a food dispensing toy. Zeppelin doesn't need the same amount of mental activity, so he eats out of a raised dish. A few examples of food dispensing toys are listed below!
|Kibble Nibble by Premier|
|Kong Extreme for heavy chewers|
|Premier Linkables - my favorite toy of last season!|
Long Lasting Chews
|Bully Sticks: A tendon of a bull, and not a cow....|
First and foremost, I have to suggest the Bully Stick. Yes, they can be a bit expensive, but they are really worth it. I have one friend that calls them "Sanity Sticks" and for good reason! They are a dense tendon that keeps even the most persistent chewer busy longer than most other chew sticks.
Marrow Bones are no longer recommended by veterinarians due to higher incidents of fractured teeth on the indigestible bone. Similarly, antlers, horns, and other bones-of-former-animals are not advised.
Interactive Toys & Games:
|Tail Teaser: I was a bit uncomfortable google searching for this.|
|Tennis Ball: Tried and True|
We all love our dogs, so why not get them a new toy? I'm including a link instead of a photo because this is my favorite toy of this year. It's another Premier toy, but is a great toy for shredders. They are not filled with stuffing, so they don't get fluff everywhere. Instead, they have a rubber mesh ball on the inside with a squeak inside, so when they shred the exterior, they still have a functional toy on the inside. BRILLIANT!
Training and Tricks
Play "find it" games, which engages a dogs mind and keeps boredom at bay. Put your dog in a "stay", hide a treat, and have the dog "find it". It works on impulse control, engages their mind, and is an interactive game between owner and dog. Win, Win, Win!
Teach your dog a new trick! "Spin", "Roll Over", "High Five", "Shake" or any number of party tricks.
One Last Tip:
Many people leave dog toys out all the time. Instead, invest in a doggy toy box. If that seems absurd to you, get a hanging fabric shoe rack, put a couple of your dogs toys in each shoe slot, and rotate toys daily! This will keep the clutter down, and keep your dog interested in the toys!
|A nice way to keep your shoes cleaned up AND your dog toys cleaned up!|
Best of luck this very rainy week. It's been a tough one. Hopefully these tips can help you out until the sun comes out again!