Home Alone

Gotta leave him alone while you go to work, school drop off, the gym?? Returning home to a ruined house and garden is no fun for anyone (except maybe the dog!)

Avoid the hassle and expense by playing it smart and giving your pup a job while you are out.

“Find it” searching for his meal is a great way to entertain his body and mind. Freeze Vets All Natural into a Cow Hoof or a Kong and hide them in your yard making a fun game of search and his prize is a yummy meaty hoof or Kong that can be chewed at for hours.

“Dog Popsicles” fill a Hollee- Mollee with chicken wings, lamb brisket or chicken necks and freeze it over night. Leave it in the garden with your pooch the next day for hours of fun. Once the food is eaten the ball remains for playtime. Fill it again and again for days of summer fun.

Digging pit or wading pool. Either fill a kiddies wading pool with water or sand (depending on your dogs preference) and bury / float his favourite toys in it. Teaser balls, Kong Wubba and Jolly Egg Ball are all great water options, while Busy Buddy Bouncing Bone, Gorillas and Nylabones are all great for burying.

Bucket of fun – pack a layer of aromatic treats such as Sea Jerky in the bottom of a bucket, pack your dogs favourite toys, Nylabones, Tretkon (spelling), Everlasting Ball etc on top to cover the treats. Sprinkle another few treats in, then another layer of toys, repeat until full. This is great fun for puppies of all ages. Ensure you only leave safe, durable toys with your dog.

Food ball –Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble is a favourite food dispensing ball for any dog, there’s not a dog alive that couldn’t figure it out. Fill the ball with his normal food and add a couple extra tasty treats like Fit n Flash Liver and set ‘em loose. My dogs take roughly ¾ of an hour to eat one cup of kibble this way!

Mazes and Puzzles – foodies be warned – these toys are addictive! Puzzle and Maze toys encourage your dog to problem solve to find their rewards. Start with really aromatic Sea Jerky until he gets the idea and then try using less aromatic treats to test his skill level and make the problem more complex.

Games To Play With Your Dog

Playing games is the best way to create a bond with your dog and tire him out.

Hide and Seek

This game can strengthen your recall skills and creates the opportunity to reward him with his favourite treats. Start with a small handful of Chunky Liver. Give a couple of pieces to your dog on the floor, while he eats it, sneak away. Once you’ve hidden, call your dog. When your dog finds you act very excited and give him half of the Chunky Liver treats, and go hide again. When you run out of treats, end the game or reload for round two!

Can you bring

This a name-association game. Have a handful of Liver treats and a couple of toys that are different visually for the dog. Use a tug rope and a tennis ball to start.

Say “Can you bring the … ball?” and then bounce the ball for your dog to catch. When he brings the ball, give him some liver treats.

Now try the rope. Say “Can you bring the ….rope?” and toss the rope. When he returns reward with treats.

As he progresses sit each toy on the floor at an equal distance away from your dog. Say “Can you bring the …..ball?” When he is successful reward heavily with Liver! If he is unsuccessful, quietly take the toy, thank him for trying, and place that toy back on the floor and try again, once he is correct, go crazy with praise and liver treats.

Follow the leader

Begin with your clicker and by filling your pockets up with small tasty treats like Fit n Flash Chicken pieces. Walk slowly away from your dog, as he follows “click” and feed him some treats. As his confidence grows, walk more quickly, as he matches your pace, “click” and reward. Gradually add challenges like changing directions suddenly and halting. For each success “click” and reward.