Feeling Guilty Because You Don’t Have Time For Your Dog?

Jul 21, 2021

Do you use puzzle toys to occupy your dog?⁠ Feeding Lola out of puzzle toys helps me feel less guilty when I don’t have time for her. And she loves it!⁠ 

General rules:⁠

  • Initially, make a food-filled puzzle toy easy and yummy for the dog.⁠
  • To start with, use a lot of loosely packed food so it falls out with little effort.⁠⁠
  • Slowly make it more difficult: pack it more densely, add layers, freeze the toy.⁠
  • Choose a puzzle toy that matches your dog’s personality, size, and breed.⁠
  • ⁠Many puzzle toys come in 2 or 3 sizes.⁠

>>> If your dog inhales food in 5 seconds, get a slow feeder. 

>>> If your dog is into chewing, a Pickle Pocket or Qwizl Treat Toy are great durable products.⁠ I hide small yummy treats or tiny pieces of sausage or cheese and Lola spends hours chewing on her Pickle Pocket; she keeps bouncing it with the hope that food will fall out.⁠

>>> If you need something your dog won’t destroy right away, try the Dog Casino. 

>>> A snuffle mat is perfect for dogs who spend a lot of time on walks sniffing everything.⁠ 

>>> I love lick mats for baths and grooming sessions. They are perfect to spread some PB or yogurt, or wet dog food, etc.⁠ 

Safety first:⁠

  • Give your dog a puzzle toy only in a baby-free zone, or when the baby is asleep or not home.⁠
  • Make sure to check for any leftovers (food and chewed-up puzzle toys!), and put them away before the baby is present.⁠
  • Do not leave stray puzzle toys around, even if your dog is showing no interest.⁠⁠
  • Many dogs will protect and guard their resources from children, even if they have not guarded them from adults.⁠⁠
  • ⁠Beware that dog food and dog treats can be a serious choking hazard for young children!⁠⁠
  • ⁠There are no indestructible toys for a determined dog, and choking can be a hazard if the toy is too small! Choose a puzzle toy accordingly and use caution.

 

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