Ever worry that your dog is bored and needs some excitment? Here are some fun and easy enrichment ideas that will make you even closer with your pet.
• First take a container and rub peanut butter around the edges (about halfway to the top). Next place goodies inside the bowl, goodies include: Milk bones, rawhides, and/or dry kibble. Next place a tennis ball and/or Kong inside the container. Then fill the container with water until the water level reaches the peanut butter ring. Then take a strip of sheet and tie a knot at the end of the strip. Then place the knot end of the sheet strip into the container. Please note that the Sheet can be replaced with a rope.
Dog food dispenser
• Take paper towel roll and fold one end of the paper towel roll closed, and then stuff food mixture (which is a mix of dry kibble and canned dog food) into the paper towel roll before closing the other end. Place the paper towel roll into freezer unless you plan to give it to the dog soon.
• Take a sheet of newspaper and place dog food, or a mixture of dog food with canned dog food into the center of the newspaper; the food should be laid out in a line so that newspaper can rolled and the ends folded. Next after rolling the newspaper and folding the ends of it shut slide it into a paper towel roll.
• Take a small paper towel roll and place peanut butter on the inside of the tube. Next place bits of dog food, or dog biscuits on the inside.
• Take peanut butter and mix water into it until it looks like pancake mix, add dog food or dog biscuits to enhance it. Place mixture into a bowl, and then bowls into rows inside a container. Afterward place cardboard on top of bowls to act as shelving units. Then place container in freezer.
Tug a Jug
• Cut pieces of a sheet into even strips about a foot and a half to two feet in length. Then braid the strips and tie a knot at the end of it and a larger knot at the other end. Note that the larger knot should be difficult to place through the opening of the bottle; this is so that the knot does not slip out when the dog is pulling on the end of the newly fashioned rope.
Brown Bag Lunch
• Take a bowl, and add dog food, and can dog food, and mix it until it is evenly mixed. Then take about a cup of the mixture and place it into the brown bag. Then roll the top of the brown bag down.
• Take a large brown bag and cut a piece of the brown bag out from the bag, so it becomes a large brown sheet of paper. Then Place food mixture into the middle running along the length of the paper. Afterwards fold the edges inward and then roll the brown bag up until it looks like a burrito.
A Box of Fun
• First take a box and place some goodies inside; this would be anything your dog may like such as: Kongs (filled with peanut butter, canned cheese, dog food or dog biscuits) rope toys, squeaky toys, plush toys, rawhides, and maybe even some loose treats in the box. Next you can place any kind of filler inside the box: shredded paper, towels, sheets, or blankets. Finally seal the box with tape and offer the box to the dog.
• Kongs are among the most popular of dog toys and with good reason. Virtually indestructible, they come in a variety of sizes and can function as balls, tug toys, and treat hiders all at once. Try getting a Kong with some rope attached to it and hide a few treats in it when you’re away. The rope will add an extra challenge and your dog will not be able to destroy the Kong. This product can be found at your local pet store or www.kongcompany.com .
• Buster Cubes are puzzles made for dogs that allow your dog to be rewarded with a treat for patiently rolling a cube around. This means that your dog is forced to both think and move, two things that are likely to cut down on her energy level and make it easier for her to behave when no one is around. Place several small pieces of treats into a buster cube when you leave and shake the cube up. Your dog will be kept occupied by this unique puzzle for hours. Buster cubes even allow you to adjust their settings to make getting the treats easier or more difficult. This product can be found at your local pet store.
• Dogs are hunters by nature and nothing is more gratifying to a dog than finding a small animal and hearing it squeak. Understandably, most people don’t want their dogs killing things when they’re not there, but the innovative company Kyjen has come up with a novel substitute. Their hide-a-toys feature plush storage areas in which small squeaky plush animals are hidden. Your dog can dig for the animal and pull it out, which can be incredibly gratifying for dogs with a strong hunting drive. This toy can also improve coordination and sense of smell. This product can be found at your local pet store.
IQ Treat Ball
• The IQ Treat Ball is similar to the Buster Cube in that it allows your dog to roll a puzzle for a reward, but the effort required to get a treat out of the IQ Treat Ball is slightly higher. Further, the treat ball is shaped like a ball so dogs with a strong retrieving instinct as well as dogs who like to chase things love it. This is a great toy for dogs that have gotten sick of their buster cubes. This product can be found at your local pet store.
Dog Games Treat Wheel
• This game looks like it was designed for the dog engineer, but if you have a dog that is constantly digging, finding things he shouldn’t and is so smart he gets himself into trouble, this could be the perfect choice. This toy has eight different food chambers and your dog has to both spin and roll the toy at the same time to get a treat. Once dogs figure out the trick, they’ll love the challenge in coordination and intellect to get to the treats! This product can be found at your local pet store.
• Most toys can’t take the strain and the wear and tear of prolonged aggressive play but boomer balls can! These ultra-tough, HARD space age polymer balls are virtually INDESTRUCTIBLE. Designed for those larger-than-life dogs that love to chase and conquer. Boomer Balls are designed NOT to be picked up by the dog so should be a size bigger than the dog can carry. This product can be found at www.boomerball.com or your local pet store.
Tuffy Plush Dog Toys
• With 4-7 Layers of construction no plush dog toy has ever been this durable. Most Tuffy Toys are guaranteed. See product page for details. Tuffy Dog Toys are the most durable dog toys available. All the layers of this toy are bonded and sewn together to make one “Tuff” Layer. The Company sews webbing around the edges of the toy and then sews the edges together to make each toy tough! This product can be found in our online store, just Click Here.