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Many of our dogs are absolute characters. Just full of personality and outgoing. Since they tend to have extrovert personalities, our pets can get bored easily. While you're at work, your dog might be mulling around the inside or outside of the house. If you're looking for something more interactive than a dog chew toy or tennis ball, you should check out a variety of dog toys, and pet treat toys.
Interactive dog toys can fall under puzzle toys, treat-dispensing dog toys, plush toys, squeaky toys, and more for mental stimulation. They also include tug-of-war toys that dog owners can interactive with.
Staff note: All toys and chews should be supervised, of course, so make sure if you purchase these that you're comfortable leaving them in a crate while you're out running errands. An excellent example of a treat- dispensing interactive dog toy in this situation is a Kong. The Snuffle Mat should be supervised if your dog likes to chew on blankets or soft objects.
Best Interactive Dog Toys
When it comes to dog treats, many pet owners resort to making their dogs obey a command before giving them a treat. This is an interactive way for dogs to treat themselves. Your dog will have to figure out how to get the treats to fall out of the IQ treat ball.
This tunnel is for rabbits, kittens, and small dogs. This interactive toy has a built-in peephole, crackle paper, and bell toy. It comes in 17 colors. It's also collapsible and portable. If you take your pets on vacation with you, this makes a great toy to keep your pet occupied.
You'll have to help your dog out with this toy if he loves it. Put the chipmunks in the den and watch him dig them out. Once all three plush dog toys are out, put them back in and see if your dog is eager to get them out again. If he is, you've found a great dog puzzle toy to challenge your dog.
Let your dog use his natural search instinct with the snuffle mat. Your dog will have to put some effort into finding his favorite treats. Hide some treats in the mat, and watch her sniff until she's found them all. The mat is anti-slip and machine washable.
Your dog's favorite treats spill out when your dog turns it on with their paw or nose. Or if they're talented enough with their tail. If they look to you in confusion, just give it a few days. Your fur baby will figure it out.
"Ohhh you almost had it. You gotta be quicker than that." Teach your dog some speed with this toy. Make him grab the bait. Add some patterns to trick him. Raise it higher, move the stick side to side, eventually, your dog will catch on and will grab the fabric. I think large dogs with a lot of energy would enjoy this toy.
There's a lot in this bundle for under $20. There's a squeaker, rubber, wool, dental cleaner, and treat-dispensing ball. Squeak toys are a source of entertainment for dogs. The dental cleaning ball also acts as entertainment. The treat dispenser ball is my favorite. They're in charge of giving themselves a treat once they figure out how the ball works.
Here's another puzzle dog toy to help your dog's bad eating habits. Since your dog has to find their food, this slows down their eating time. If your dog eats too fast, this is probably what your pet needs. The mat by PetBemo is great as well, but I like the shapes on this one. Try putting treats under certain shapes, and change your pattern for the next feed.
Has your dog ever snapped at your hand while playing? Why not snap back with his alligator? Ha, kidding. If your doggie has sharp teeth, this is a smart and fun solution to protect yourself during playtime.
This is a way to interact with your dog while letting your toy get all of the rough play. If your dog is an aggressive chewer, especially on hands, check this one out. It's made from durable material.
Plush toys make great puppy toys. Getting your pooch a plush will teach them the interactive games of tugging and fetch. There are squeak sounds, so your puppy will be sure to be stimulated and eager to pick up the toy.
Pet lovers are saying wonderful things about this dog toy. A customer gave it five stars and stated how it's a great toy for her 70-pound dog. Fill it up with kibble and let your dog play for hours. The natural rubber will even clean your dog's teeth.
This treat-dispensing toy has a tray large enough to fit meals. Ideal for all those hungry hounds and dog enrichment.
The Outward Hound-Hide-a-Squirrel toy is quite popular. Hide the plush toys in the tree trunk for your pup to find. Available in three different sizes.
These toys don't seem to have too high of a difficulty level. Reviews are great, and I highly encourage helping your furry friend combat boredom with the best toys.
This post was originally published on July 30, 2019.