Have you ever come home from a long day at work, just to have to clean up shredded paper or stuffing from pillows? You only have yourself to blame. Dogs get bored just like we do, but aren’t as able to do much about as we are.
A dog who is bored will spend his day searching for activities, like disemboweling your television remote or barking incessantly. Providing adequate mental stimulation is easier – and more fun – than you might think.
Nina Ottosson makes a range of eco-friendly and pet-safe toys that will definitely keep your dog busy. These toys come in a variety of skill levels and will probably require your participation at first. Check out her YouTube video demonstrations for help or ideas for what you think might be most enjoyable for your dog.
Some of the beginner toys include:
Dog Tornado – has four layers with rotating discs, with 3 layers that have compartments for hiding dog snacks. Your dog should rotate each layer’s disc to find the hidden dog snacks
Dog Brick – has depressions under the sliding discs to hide treats, let your dog look for the goodies by trying to pull the discs to the side with its paw or nose.
Dogsmart – has hollow white plastic blocks to hide treats under. Let the dog look for the treats by trying to lift or push away one block after the other with its nose or paw, in order to find the hidden treats.
When you leave for the day, give your dog food puzzles he can solve on his own. To up the ante, hide the toys. This gives your dog two separate activities – first, finding the toy, and second, solving the food puzzle.