The Best Interactive Toys for Dogs
For many dogs, the most exciting part of their day is their daily walk outside. But what about when you’re away and your dog is home alone?
Interactive dog toys are a great way to keep your dog occupied and stave off boredom throughout the day.
A kong toy is an excellent option for dogs. It’s a rubber toy with a hollow interior that can be filled with tasty treats that your dog has to work to get out.
Try putting a little bit of your dog’s dry food in their kong toy before leaving and it will keep them occupied as they work to remove it.
For a seasonal twist, you can fill your dog’s kong with pumpkin that they can enjoy. Make sure to use plain canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling which contains additives that are harmful to dogs.
A treat-dispensing toy is a similar concept to a kong toy, but a little more challenging to use.
This means it will keep your dog occupied for longer and challenge them to use their critical thinking skills.
A typical treat-dispensing toy can be filled with a couple of your dog’s favorite treats and left out on the floor. Your dog will need to push it around with their nose or paw to figure out how to get those tasty treats out.
There are lots of different types of puzzle toys and puzzle feeders for dogs. An example is a flat mat that has treats hidden under different shapes.
Your dog will have to determine which ones have treats under them and flip them over to reveal the prize.
If your dog is on a diet and you don’t want to give them lots of puzzle toys with treats, there are plenty of dog toys to keep them occupied.
A hide-and-seek toy is a stuffed dog toy with different pockets that have smaller toys inside. These can be pulled out by your dog as a fun game.
Just make sure you're around to supervise as the smaller toys can be a choking hazard for large dogs.
Another great way to activate your dog’s mind is clicker training. With clicker training, you can use positive reinforcement to teach your dog lots of cool tricks. It can also be used for puppy training, like when you’re training your puppy to have their teeth brushed.
Clicker training, or any kind of training you prefer, is a great way to boost your dog’s confidence and keep their mind sharp.
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