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5 Dog Training Games

Training your dog basic skills doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, there’s no reason that your dog needs to know that “come” or “stay” isn’t a fun trick! These dog training games teach your dogs valuable life skills like patience and focus at home or on the road. @samoyedmerlin It’s Your Choice Some dog training games, like this one, teach patience and impulse control around food and toysPlace a few treats in your hand and place your hand above your dog’s head.Keep your hand closed as your dog sniffs, nibbles, or paws at your hand. If he doesn’t stop…

DIY Dog Sensory Toys

If your dog is stuck in the crate or bored at home, there are many ways you can make their life more exciting. By engaging them to play with sensory toys, you enrich their lives and decrease any stress or anxiety that might arise when you leave them alone at home or in a crate. Luckily, we’ve found a few DIY dog sensory toys that are easy and quick to make! Separation anxiety and destructive behavior are both very common when a dog is left alone or in a crate. You cannot expect a young or high-energy dog to sleep…

DIY Dog Snuffle Mat

Out of ideas to keep your pet busy, or maybe your pet has a short attention span? Want to add a different activity to your pet’s daily routine? An easy DIY dog snuffle mat may just be the answer! Just like people who enjoy activities that keep their creativity flowing, dogs enjoy activities that stimulate their sense of smell and keep their brain active. Activities like walks, hikes, a trip to a dog park, or a pet store usually offer many different ways to enrich your dog’s senses. Sometimes, a couple walks or a car ride to the park may…

5 Dog Puzzle Toys to Keep Your Dog Busy

If you have a dog with a short attention span, dog puzzle toys are a great options to keep them busy. No one wants to come home to a mess, so invest a little time and money in something for both you and your pet! Enrichment is key to keeping all dogs busy and happy. Puzzle toys come in all shapes and sizes, but they do not necessarily have to be about finding food. You can purchase most of these dog puzzle toys for an affordable price online or even make them yourself at home! If you have a dog…

4 Mentally Stimulating Games To Play With Your Dog

A rousing game of fetch is more than just a great way to bond with your dog. Not only does it possess health benefits, it can help change the way your dog thinks. No, really! When you train your dog to catch and return a tennis ball, you’re improving their brain function through stimulating games. Through trial and error, he acquires the cognition to retrieve that ball, and you have a smarter, happier pet on your hands. Without challenging a dog’s brain in this way, you risk your dog becoming bored. That doesn’t sound like such a big deal … at first. But remember, when people are…

Activities You Can Do With Your Dog in 30 Minutes or Less

Whether you own a 5-pound Chihuahua or a 150-pound Great Pyrenees, all dogs need regular exercise to promote good health and wellness. It reduces the risk of heart disease, fatty liver disease, obesity, diabetes, and even some behavioral problems. The American Kennel Club (AKC) exercise requirements for man’s best friend varies depending on: breed, age and overall health. With that said, most dogs require at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily. With that in mind, here are some fun and rewarding activities you can do with your dog in this short amount of time. #1) Fetch Let’s go ahead and get the most obvious activity out of the…