Just like humans, dogs are social creatures. Unfortunately, due to the high demands of work and social commitments, many of us are finding it harder to spend quality time with our pups. Whether you are headed out the door for work, school, or some other obligation, there are some pawsome ways to relieve your pup’s boredom. Here are eight interactive dog toys to keep them occupied until you can give them that one-on-one attention:
Disclaimer: While most dogs do fine playing with toys by themselves, it’s always better to keep a watchful eye on your pup while they are playing with a new toy.
Treat Dispensing Chew Toy
The West Paw Zogoflex Tux Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Chew Toy takes a new spin on the classic Kong. This durable toy is pawfect for chewers. Fill or freeze this interactive toy with your pup’s preferred treats to keep them engaged. It also floats and bounces so your pup will remain entertained, regardless if it’s stuffed with treats.
The Paw5: Wooly Snuffle Mat offers dogs of all breeds and sizes an interactive experience by stimulating his or her sense of smell. This toy may appear simple for humans, but it is a fun challenge for dogs. This activity simulates the experience of sniffing out food in nature. These snuffle mats are machine washable and sustainably handmade from a variety of upcycled and virgin materials.
Treat puzzles are pawsome for stimulating your dog’s mind. The Nina Ottoson Dog Brick Treat Puzzle Dog Toy provides mental and physical stimulation, decreases boredom, and prevents destructive behavior. This interactive toy has multiple feeding features and can also be used to liven up your pup’s mealtime.
IQ Food Dispensing Treat Ball
Another stimulating interactive toy is the Our Pets IQ Treat Ball Interactive Food Dispensing Dog Toy. This ball is a great toy for small to medium sized pups. The IQ Treat Ball can be filled with your pup’s favorite treats or kibble to prolong mealtime and encourage healthy eating. The treat ball has several difficulty levels that you adjust to fit your dog’s needs. Treats roll out as your dog plays with the ball, rewarding them and reinforcing the behavior.
Hide-A-Squirrel Plush Puzzle
If your pup enjoys squeaky toys, the Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Plush Squeaking Toys Dogs might just be the interactive toy your dog needs. This “hide and squeak” game keeps your dog entertained and prevents boredom. Hide the squirrels in the plush tree trunk for your pup to discover or use the squeaky squirrels for a game of fetch. This interactive toy comes in several sizes from small to ginormous.
DOGTV is no ordinary television channel–it’s a doggy experience. Pups undergo “happy stimulation and comfort from the scientifically developed sights and sounds that DOGTV provides.” You can choose from three content categories: relaxation, stimulation, or exposure. You decide which category fits your pup’s natural behavior patterns best and will provide them with the best at-home experience.
Embark Dog DNA Test
Although technically not a toy, the Embark Dog DNA Test is an intuitive learning experience for you and your pup. Embark offers an all-inclusive report of your pup’s breed, health, ancestry, and relatives. The report provides in-depth breed identification, screens for genetic health conditions, and gives information on your dog’s family tree and other canine relatives–near or far!
Mental and physical stimulation is crucial for your pup’s wellbeing. Whether you are at work or at home, keeping your pup engaged will keep both you and your pup happy.