Brain food - Toys that require a dog to use their problem-solving skills to retrieve food are a favorite for many pets and humans. Studies show that animals prefer to work for their food, rather than be handed it, so toys such as Kongs or treat puzzles are a great choice; they keep your dog occupied and reward her for her hard work.
Special toys - Set aside some "special" toys that your pup only gets to play with when he's home alone to add a touch of excitement to his life.
Hide and seek - You can even hide your dog's toys to give them a little extra challenge. This is especially enticing with a treat-filled toy, as it gives them a real reason to sniff it out. Obviously, don't hide it in any place where they could hurt themselves while retrieving it, or where they might destroy something valuable.
Get Their Energy Out
Of course, one of the most simple ways to prevent destructive behavior in your dog while they're home alone is to get their energy out beforehand. All dogs, just like all people, benefit from vigorous daily exercise. A morning jog with their favorite human, paired with a long walk at the end of the day, are great choices for the dog that spends the day indoors. It not only good for their heart, it allows for a good, restful night's sleep.
Visit Petland Overland Park
For more tips, tricks, toys and treats to keep your pup busy during the day, call Petland Overland Park at (913) 498-9814 or stop by today!