Dog Toys

Well my good friend, Marianne, asked what a dog puzzle toy is. Evidently she knows a dog that might enjoy one. So I asked Elle to demonstrate how they are used for her. She was delighted to help. In fact, Elle brought me her toy first thing this morning.

Basically, a dog puzzle toy contains a place to hide food treats. The dog needs to figure out how to get the food out. For example, a hollow ball with a small hole on one side or a long bone shape with holes for treats. The dog rolls, squeezes, shakes, and uses a range of motions to obtain the food. You can find dog puzzles at most pet stores, the humane society shop, and on-line. They are a bit expensive–10-20 dollars apiece. But I need the big sturdy versions for Elle, she’s hard on her toys. A smaller dog might get away with the smaller and cheaper (under 10 dollar) versions of the toys.

So here is Elle playing with one of her toys. This is one of the kong toys with a small hole on the side. You can unscrew the top and fill it with food. The bottom is weighted, so Elle knocks it around and rolls the toy over. She’s very clever using her paws and nose together and quickly can empty the toy of kibble.

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Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

One thought on “Dog Toys”

  1. Looks like all us creatures need and enjoy a good challenge! Can you buy these puzzles at Petco? Elle sure looks like she is having fun.

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