Many of you have asked me about interactive toys to help keep your dog busy when left alone.
Below are some of the toys I use to create positive associations for many dogs in many different ways. For example, when I leave I often say “Kong Time” and leave each dog with a stuffed toy. The sound of a delivery truck is often another “kong time” as I want my dogs to be excited not fearful when this sound occurs.
If I am training a foster dog to use a crate, I only feed them using these toys, and, again, happily say “crate,” and toss a yummy toy or two in the crate so the dog associates it with something good!
These are simply a few ideas to help enrich your dogs life.
|Premier Tumble Ball, assorted Kongs, Everlasting Toys, Squirrel Dude, Planet Dog, Rip and Tug.|
To get started be sure to make the toy easy for your dog to receive a reward, otherwise they will lose interest. The balls are great for beginners using dry kibble mixed with a few treats.
For the experienced dog, pack the Kong with a variety of goodies! For example, begin with a bit of peanut Butter, next add some raw meat or pieces of hotdog or cheese, followed by some kibble, dry treats, and repeat the process! It is like a party every time as your dog works hard to get to his favorite goodie! Be sure to use a cue like “kong time”, your dog will begin to salivate rather than pant when you are leaving!