You have a young, high energy dog. How do you allow him freedom without observation when you have things to do? Here are 5 ways to keep your dog occupied so that you can get your chores and other work done.
1. Fill a beef shank bone with pureed vegetables, peanut butter or cheese. Freeze it the night before you intend to give it to your dog. Just prior to beginning your work, give this bone to your dog. This treat is great for young dogs who are teething, as it both massages his gums and the cold gives some relief from his discomfort.
2. Purchase a toy that can be filled with kibble. The most sturdy ones are Buster Cubes and Bob-a-Lots. Constructed of very hard plastic, they are virtually indestructible. So, if you have a large dog or just one with strong jaw power these toys are great. You can actually feed your dog with these as they can hold more than enough kibble to constitute an entire meal. This will not only slow down your chow hound, but also make mealtimes more interesting for him. Best of all, you get some time to get work done.
3. There are now many toys available which can be filled with kibble, biscuits and treats. However, the food can be eaten out of them so quickly that they do not offer much occupation time for your dog. Freezing the food within the toy is helpful, but your dog can still easily remove it. This type of toy can be used for a short occupation period. For example, allowing you to use the bathroom without fear of your dog tearing up your house.
4. Should your dog love stuffed toys – not for destruction, but for the squeak or security of carrying them around, there are plush toys that are designed to be pulled apart. Many soft-mouthed dogs such as Golden Retrievers, Spaniels and smaller breeds love to play with these toys.
5. If you have a dog who loves plush toys but prefers to destroy them instead of merely carry them around there are some toys made by VIP Products, called Tuffy Toys. They are rated according to toughness with suggestions as to which breeds would be appropriate for each rating. Tuffy Toys give your dog the fun of a plush with the sturdiness of a chew toy.
Despite the type of toys or treats you use to keep your busy dog occupied, begin by observing him with the toy. This will insure your dog’s safety and help you ascertain the appropriateness of the toys as a long term option for your dog.
The first suggestion, a beef shank bone, is easily obtained through your local grocery store. Go to the meat section and purchase some soup bones. Make certain they are beef as this type of bone is the strongest. Allow your dog to eat off any meat and marrow, which will occupy him for a very long time, then clean and refill and freeze as many times as you wish.
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