Work your dogs’ brain. Have them look for, pull apart, push around, track down, sniff out, slid open and more!
Try various things, that will keep their minds occupied and engaged. Or use equipment to dispense their kibble meal, making breakfast, lunch or dinner more interesting and last longer. Try food/treat dispensers that are hollowed-out, the toy is rolled or pushed around; to puzzles that require problem solving skills to retrieve hidden goodies. Or games that you can play around the house, and fenced yard.
Human supervision and appropriate introduction and training advised for all dog items and dog activities.
Box Game homemade
This can be a low cost way for a dog to have fun, build confidence while using their mental and physical energy too. The inspiration for the Box Game came from “Nose Work for dogs”, an activity that develops a dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. — watch video
Food dispenser toys and puzzles
When first introducing a food dispenser to a dog, build strong interest and desire to touch the object, by placing very stinky (dry) dog treats inside. Fish treats or liver treats should prove attractive. Later on, you can add filler items such as Cheerios or some of their daily ration of kibble. The first few sessions, fill the dispenser GENEROUSLY (1/4 or 1/2 cup of small treats) because excess treats will guarantee your dog will be successful when moving the toy. Success equals more interest and future desire.
Do NOT add sticky or overly moist foods as they may not slide out and will leave residue that will get gross over time.
Do NOT let your dog bite or chew the dispensers. Give the dispenser under supervision, and no longer than 15-30 minutes per session. When the dog has emptied a dispenser, put it away until next time.
Dispenser Puzzles: by Nina Ottosson
If you have an active dog who frequently needs to do things, the various puzzles offered by Nina Ottosson are worth the investment. Great for the rainy days or long winter nights. Please provide appropriate introduction and training for each puzzle.
Dispenser: by PetSafe
The busy buddy Kibble Nibble is egg shaped and unscrews at the middle. Made of hard plastic and rubber bumpers. Each end of the egg has an opening with little rubber tentacles, that limit how kibble or treats come out. The tentacles can be trimmed to increase treat disbursement. Don’t over trim.
Dispenser: by Starmark
The Bob-A-Lot treat dispenser is made of hard plastic. Comes in two sizes, large and small. The dispenser has two adjustable openings. One on the side (with a slide) and the other on the top, inside the neck, also with a slide adjustment. The neck also has a screw on cap.
Dispenser: by Omega Paw
Their Tricky Treat Ball is made of durable vinyl (quiet when rolled), and comes in three sizes, small, medium, large. Insert favorite dry food or treats into the ball. As the ball is moved, it dispenses treats keeping the dog focused and entertained.
Dispenser: by KONG
The Kong Wobbler has a weighted base and treat dispensing chamber above. The dog pushes the toy and makes it wobble, more wobbling and rolling causes the dry food bits to pop out.
The ‘Kong Genius’ toys (Leo & Mike) are interactive treat dispensing toys. Made of durable, non-toxic, FDA food-approved TPR material (quiet when rolled). Perfect for average chewers. Add bits of fairly dry food pieces (not sticky to touch) and make mealtime more interesting. Connect them together for extra challenge. Dishwasher safe.
Dispensers: by Our Pet’s
Choose from three shapes. Atomic Treat Ball, IQ Treat Ball and Buster Food Cube. Each dispenser offers a different level of challenge. Each comes in two sizes, small 3″ and large 5″.