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Puppy Pacifiers

DIY Enrichment Ideas

Puppy Pacifiers Have a new pup? Or a highly energetic dog? If so, try the following homemade puppy pacifiers to engage them in a short activity on their own. DIY ideas: Frozen buckets – pick up a small bucket (the kind kids use for sand is perfect but any size will do) add inside some dog food, a hard bone, a rope toy, some treats, whatever you’re comfortable feeding or giving your pup. (I typically put a few ice cubes so it freezes fast as well) then add water and put in the freezer overnight. Bring it up a notch: Add a leash to the mixture before it freezes (be sure half of it is extended out of the bucket) then hang it from something in your yard to give them a tether ball or piñata type treat. Toilet paper rolls – paper towel rolls – pizza boxes – often […]

Blanket, Find it!

Playing games with your pup is a great way to teach them problem solving mechanisms – as well as create some great bonding time between the two of you. In this game of Blanket, Find it! a dog, with a toy-drive, is encouraged to get a treat out from underneath a blanket without eating, digging at it or in any way tearing the material. As always, start every game easy before increasing the challenge Stay involved and focused, for at least the first few minutes as your dog learns the game, what’s expected, and looks to you for acknowledgement Blanket, Find it! You’ll need a blanket – ideally something thin, light and that won’t make you cry if it gets torn (learning is a trial and error process – we bang up our bumpers as we learn to drive, dogs are no different, this first blanket may get torn) Note […]