There is a saying that a tired dog is a happy dog, and it is true! Depending on his level of activity, your dog needs to spend his energy daily to feel good about his hair. He, therefore, needs real events but also intellectual activities. If he is not given opportunities to exercise, the dog will become creative and find ways to do so. And its choices of activities might not suit you!
Dog trainers will tell you, dogs with behavioral problems are mostly bored dogs. Luckily, there are some easy and fun tips to keep your dog busy and to make him happy!
1. A treasure hunt to keep your dog busy
Hide treats around the house. Under armchairs, behind cushions, in bed, etc. At first, you will have to guide him to the different hiding places by repeating the word “seek” to him. Quickly, he will become a treasure hunt pro.
You can then extend meal times by scattering the kibble around the house, a particularly practical tip for those who have to leave their dog for long hours at home and who want to occupy their dog while they are away.
2. Interactive toys for a happy dog
It’s getting easier and easier to find so-called ‘interactive’ toys that you can fill with your favorite treats or pie. The most popular manufacturer of this type of toy is the Kong company, whose products are found all over the world. Still, other companies make interactive toys, including Nina Ottosson, who creates puzzles for dogs.
Obtain different models of toys to offer a little variety to your dog, who will quickly learn how to use them.
3. Popsicles to keep a dog occupied for a long time
Easy to make, doggie popsicles will keep them busy and happy for very long minutes, in addition to refreshing them in hot weather. To make doggie popsicles yourself, you can fill a Kong-type toy with peanut butter or dog food and freeze it.
You can also opt for popsicle molds, in which you can combine several natural and healthy ingredients that your dog will love. For example:
- Coconut oil and banana puree
- Yogurt without lactose and added flavor, mixed with blueberries or other berries without stone
- Homemade fruit purée, no added sugar, including banana, strawberry, melon, etc.
- Peanut or almond butter, no added sugar or xylitol, combined with banana pieces
4. Hide his toys in a block of ice!
On the same principle as ice lollies, this game will keep your dog occupied for long hours. In a large plastic container, place a few toys and treats. Then fill it with water, and put everything in the freezer. Give her this toy on a day that is too hot to be active.
5. A ball to keep your dog busy
A ball will keep your dog busy, but not just any shot! A ball in which you can hide dog treats. JW Pet’s Hol-ee Rollerball will keep your dog occupied for long minutes. Here’s how to do it:
- Obtain the appropriate size Hol-ee Rollerball for your dog.
- Cut long strips of sturdy fabric, such as denim, about 2 centimeters wide and about two feet long.
- Take a treat, and place it in the center of a strip, and hide it with a loose knot. Then roll up the strip to make a ball.
- Then place the dumpling in the ball, and repeat until the ball is full.
6. Chew toys to keep your dog busy
Dogs are in great need of chewing activities. Give them different chew toys! It could be a natural rubber toy, a raw marrow bone, beef nerves, deer antlers, etc.
Be careful. We must always keep an eye on our dog when playing with this type of toy, to avoid suffocation.
7. Make your dog happy by training him
Dogs love to learn new tricks, especially when using positive reinforcement! You will find on Youtube a whole panoply of methods to easily teach your dog while having fun.
Also, intellectual activity is the one that will exhaust your dog the fastest. See training as an opportunity to spend quality time with your dog. He will be happier.
8. Hide your dog’s treats inboxes
Obtain three cardboard boxes of different sizes, with lids. In each box, hide a few treats, or even a toy, and close the lid. Then put the smaller box in the middle, and this one is the bigger one. Invite your dog to open the boxes to discover the surprises. After a few tries with your help, he will have figured out how to do it on his own. You can then increase the difficulty level by adding more boxes.
9. Give your dog an interactive bowl
An interactive bowl will extend mealtime while working your dog’s neurons. These retarders, or anti-glutton, bowls force your dog to think about the best way to get his kibble.
10. Make your dog happy with an agility course
If your dog has a very high activity level and walking on a leash isn’t enough to tire him out, make your agility course in your backyard or even around the house. Some pet stores sell accessories to create obstacles, including tunnels, hoops, obstacle bars, jumps, etc.