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Gadgets That Will Keep Your Dogs Busy & Tire Them Out So You Can Sleep

Jul 23, 2021

Treat and Train

My personal favorite. I use it for meal times, to work on alone time training, place cues, and for greetings, barking, and stays. I often involve my kids (supervised!), because with the remote control I can create a safe distance between my children and an eating dog. Kibble or round-shaped treats with a diameter around 0.4 inches work best, otherwise, it jams.


Furbo is beloved by many of my clients. It’s not just a treat dispenser, it is a full HD camera with night vision, and has a barking sensor and two-way audio. Plug it in, connect to wifi and toss treats via the app.


Worth its price but it is an investment. I don’t have one but clients who bought it love it. You can use any type of food or treats. It doesn't jam, is quiet, and they have great customer service. Perfect for training and enrichment.


A game console for dogs. Judy, a client of mine, said: “I love seeing my dog get a bunch of puzzles correct in a row and get...

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Chews: Saving Your Furniture & Sanity & Keeping Your Dog Occupied

Jul 22, 2021

Do you give your dog chews? Chews can be so helpful when you have a newborn or a young child. 

Many dogs are bred for a purpose: herding livestock, hunting and killing vermin, retrieving, guarding property, pulling sleds, or for search and rescue work, for example. Most of us don’t have a flock of sheep in our backyards (if we are lucky to have a yard at all), nor do we hunt with our dogs to provide food for dinner. Dogs can become bored and destructive without their purpose-filled jobs. Chews can save your furniture and your sanity.

There isn't one 'always-safe' chew for every dog. Possible concerns: broken or cracked teeth, choking, gastro-intestinal irritation, or digestive obstruction, should a dog bite off more than they can chew or decide to swallow something whole.

General rules:

  • Always consult your veterinarian before offering your dog a chew.
  • Supervise your dog and remove small or broken pieces to prevent a choking hazard.
  • Ideally, a chew should pass the...
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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 ...

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