How to keep your dog happy while you're away with interactive toys

In the midst of cuddling your beloved friend, you find yourself wondering whether you ought to buy them a new toy. Of course, you will, but which one? Despite hearing about interactive toys, you're not sure which one to buy or even if they're worth it! Never fear, we are here to break things down a bit.

Let's start with some benefits of interactive toys

Interactive toys are a great way to keep your dog entertained and engaged, and they offer many benefits for both you and your furry friend. Here are five reasons why you should consider getting an interactive toy for your dog.

1) Keep your dog mentally and physically stimulated. Interactive toys are designed to challenge your dog's mind and body, which can help prevent boredom and reduce destructive behaviours.

For example, a puzzle toy that requires your dog to figure out how to get a treat out of a toy can provide mental stimulation, while a tug-of-war toy can provide physical exercise.

2) Promote healthy behaviour. Interactive toys can help teach your dog appropriate behaviours, such as playing with toys instead of chewing on furniture or shoes. They can also be used to reinforce training and obedience commands.

3) Build the bond between you and your dog. Playing with interactive toys with your dog can strengthen the bond between the two of you and is a wonderful opportunity for some quality time together. Who’s going to win the tug-of-war this time? Definitely them, and they are just the cutest when they win!

4) Provides a sense of accomplishment for your dog. Who doesn’t like winning a game? As your dog figures out how to use an interactive toy, it will feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. This can boost their confidence and self-esteem.

5) Helps with separation anxiety. The most depressing feeling is thinking your dog is bored and waiting for you at home. Getting them an interactive toy can give your dog something to do while you are apart and help reduce separation anxiety.

For example, a tumbler treats toy where they figure out how to turn it the right way so that a treat comes out. An instant reward!

Overall, interactive toys are a worthwhile investment for any dog owner. They provide mental and physical stimulation, promote healthy behaviours, build the bond between you and your dog, provide a sense of accomplishment, and can even help with separation anxiety.

black puppy playing with pink kong toy

So the next question is what one?

There are many different options depending on your dog and its play style. You may have to test a couple to find the right fit!

Kong toys – These toys are made of durable rubber material and can be filled with treats. They can provide hours of entertainment as dogs try to figure out how to get the treats out. There are lighter rubber options for puppies and more durable ones for those hard chewers.

Puzzle toys – Puzzle toys require dogs to solve problems in order to obtain treats. These toys can help keep dogs mentally stimulated and can be adjusted to different skill levels. A great option for those pups who gobble their food down.

Tug toys – Tug toys, such as rope toys, can be a fun interactive activity for dogs and their owners. Great idea for those dogs who aren’t very treat-oriented. It'll give them a confidence boost when they win, or you let them win!

Fetch toys – Classic fetch toys, such as a ball or frisbee, can provide interactive playtime for dogs and their owners. Especially beneficial for active dogs. It seems like our adorable border collie Marlo can run for days!

Treat dispensing toys- A tumbler treat toy, suitable for mental simulations and problem-solving. They need to figure out the right moment to tap the toy so the treat will come out. The most adorable thing to watch especially when the yummy treat pops out and you get the excited tail wag.

With all that being said, trust your instincts and try different toys! Any one of these options will provide you and your dog with many benefits. Whether they are a puppy or an old guy, all dogs need mental and physical stimulation to have a long and happy life.❤️

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