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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Boredom Busters

Here are some suggestions for keeping your canine friends entertained and out of mischief.

  • Buster Cube (available from Bark Busters): This award-winning dog toy is a great distraction. Fill the toy with dry kibble. As your dog rolls it around on the ground, the kibble falls out from multiple compartments. This motivates your dog work for his food, keeping a brain-active dog busy for hours.
  • Scatter Feeding: Turn feeding into a treasure hunt. Scatter a variety of foods (such as whole carrots, celery, peas, broccoli, beans, and apples) around the yard when you leave. This gives your dog something to forage for as well as some nutritious food to chew on (rather than your wooden lawn furniture). You can also scatter his dry food around the yard.
  • Kong Toys: This durable rubber toy has a hollow center that can be stuffed with delectables like cheese, peanut butter, kibble or dried liver. We suggest that you get some unsalted peanut butter and place a dollop over the hole. Don’t stuff the toy with peanut butter because your dog won’t be able to get it. Now, freeze the toy. Your dog now has a “Kongsicle” to enjoy. You might think of getting several Kongs so you can simply rotate them from your dog to the freezer.

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