The two dogs that live at our house, believe that all balls are balls for dogs. They also believe that all shoes are shoes for dogs, all stuffed animals are stuffed animals for dogs, and all food is definitely food for dogs. They no longer actually chew the shoes. They just sit by and guard them. They allow the children to play with the stuffed animals and only gnaw on the ones that come from the dog box. Any food that hits the ground is fair game. Forget the 5-second rule. They hover up fallen morsels in under 1.67 seconds. But their favorite toys are still balls or anything with hidden food!
Balls are a dog’s favorite toys because they involve the owner of the dog. It is much more fun to play when a person is playing, too. That sort of play also lends itself to scratched ears, rubbed tummies, and happy, loving, praise. Time spent with his human is far more important to the dog than any toy he has ever had.
Frustration And Boredom
With that said, there are times that every loving pet owner must leave their pet home alone such as when they go to work. It’s during these times that you want to give your dog the stimulation and entertainment he needs. It’s important that you provide your dog with quality toys while you’re away. Especially if your dog is alone for long periods of time, you want to make sure he has toys that will hold his interest.
Failure to provide the right toys can lead to frustration and boredom in your dog. When this happens, he’ll start getting into things you don’t want him to out of a desire to have something fun to do.
How To Entertain A Dog Home Alone With The Right Toy
The kind of toys you provide are very important as well. Here are four of the best kinds of toys you can get for any breed of dog.
- Problem Solving Toys: Problem-solving toys are great not only for keeping your dog occupied, but working his mind as well. One example
of this kind of toy is a “find the treat” ball. This ball is filled with small treats and has to be rolled over just right in order for a treat to fall out. Purchase one or two of the balls that allow you to hide a treat inside, like the KONG Wobbler (see it here). Choose one that makes the treat difficult but not impossible to excise. Stuff the balls with dog treats, yes, but don’t overlook dog-safe peanut butter and cheese as treat options. This kind of treat is great fun for the dog, as well as mentally stimulating.
- Rubber Bones: Rubber chews and bones are great toys for large breeds or dogs who are very aggressive with their toys. These toys are long lasting and strong and will provide hours of entertainment for most any dog.
- Squeaky Toys: Squeaky toys are good toys for keeping your dog stimulated since dogs love to “attack” the toys and hear them squeak. The problem with squeak toys is implied by their name: they squeak! And that can be very annoying for you if you have an indoor dog, so keep that in mind.
- Toy Ropes: Dog ropes are good for your dogs’ dental health as well as providing hours of mentally stimulating fun for your dog. In order to prevent your dog from getting bored with his toys, swap them out every couple of days. For example, if your dog has 9 toys that he loves, let him play with three of them for two or three days, then swap them out for three of the others, etc. This will keep him interested and stimulated.
Yes, the toys you choose for your dogs are very important, so make wise decisions with toys that are mentally stimulating, durable and healthy for your “best friend”.
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