don't forget about Your loyal companion this holiday season!
With Thanksgiving behind us and Holiday lights illuminating the neighborhood, the thought of finding the perfect present for each of our loved ones lingers in our minds.
"Does Mom really need another scarf?"
"I'm pretty sure that Grandpa has enough argyle in his wardrobe..."
On the bright side, there's at least one member of the family that's a little less stressful to shop for. Your dog will be entertained for hours when receiving the mental and physical stimulation they need... and here are a few toys that do just that!
A favorite of many pet owners, the Kong is one of the most popular dog toys. It can store a bit of peanut butter to keep your pooch occupied and is durable enough to withstand even the most toughest of chewers. As a bonus, Kong even makes treats that fit perfectly inside of the toy!
The Tricky Treat Ball is a great gift for a dog who spends a lot of time home alone. Treats are inserted into the middle of the ball and your pooch has to roll it around in order to get them out. Not only does this keep your four-legged friend occupied when he has no one to play with during the day, but it's also a great toy for mental stimulation!
Offering benefits similar to the Tricky Treat ball, the Tug-A-Jug is a great toy that will keep your dog entertained for hours! Treats are inserted into the bottom of the product which is clear and has small holes for your pet to see and smell them. At the top there is a rope and textured ball so, in order to get the snacks out, your pooch has to use some strategy in tugging and shaking the toy. This product is great for dogs who eat their dinner too fast as well; you can put your pets entire meal in the Tug-A-Jug and ensure that he'll take his time eating!
The Dog Casino is one of the greatest toys for your dog's mental stimulation. Treats are hidden inside of the toy and your pooch has to figure out how to open each compartment to get to them. Not only will this keep your four-legged friend occupied when you aren't home, but it can also ensure some great bonding time when you help train your pet how to find the treats!
Two more great puzzle toys are the Flip N' Flap and Shuffle Bone Seek-A-Treat puzzles. Your dog has to exercise his mental muscles to slide and trigger trap doors in order to uncover the treats hidden inside. Just like the Dog Casino, these toys provide excellent mental stimulation for your pet, but you may need to spend some extra time helping your pooch figure out what to do!
The Tuff Mazee puzzle toy is one of the greatest gifts that will keep your dog occupied for hours on end. Similar to the Tricky Treat ball, snacks are inserted into the toy and your four-legged friend has to figure out how to get them out. Adding an extra challenge, however, this Puzzle toy has a maze inside so the treats aren't released so easily. Your dog will keep busy for hours figuring out how to get to his snacks!
Dogs of all ages, shapes, sizes and colors are more than likely to enjoy any one of these wonderful gifts. We all know that our pets love a snack and these toys can give them just that with some extra entertainment! Why not give Man's Best Friend something special this holiday season and show your loyal companion that you love him just as much as he loves you!
Happy holidays from the Dan's Dog Walking and Pet Sitting team!
Alison has been with Dan's Dog Walking and Pet Sitting since 2014 and has loved every second of it! She frequently hikes with her dog Maggie in the woods (click link to watch the awesome video!) and loves playing with her on the beach. Aly is a major advocate for the use of all natural pet products and specializes not only in giving animals the highest level of care, but also in creating educational material for our clients on how to best care for their pets with organic solutions.