Interactive dog toys are a great way to get your dog's energy out via mental stimulation!
The makers of these toys can get very creative! I would like to share some of my favorites in this post :)
First, I'll start with the one that my dog currently has and then I'll show you what's on my "wish list", my top picks.
The "Dog Casino" by Outward Hound Nina Ottosson is an advanced-level dog puzzle toy for very inventive dogs. My dog still hasn't quite mastered it, but it's fun to watch him try to figure it out for 20 minutes :)
Next up, we have a puzzle with sliding pieces that treats hide under. This one looks like it would be easier than the first puzzle I recommended. What I love about it is the pieces are not removable, so there is less chance of dogs chewing and swallowing the pieces.
Lastly, we have a squeaking puzzle toy! This one looks like it would be very fun for a dog; it also looks very challenging. I find it very attractive for smart dogs who figure things out quickly (such as the escape artists or cabinet door openers).
Please keep in mind, with all interactive toys like this, dogs should be supervised so that they don't swallow any pieces. Do not leave your dog home alone with these toys. Put them up out of reach when not actively playing with your dog.
On the other hand, durable rubber toys like the Classic Kong are a great boredom-buster option to leave down when you're not home. Just remember to use your own discretion with your unique dog :)
I hope you found this post helpful!
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~ Heather Smith, ABCDT
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