I like the idea of leaving my future dog with some interactive toys when we’re out of the home. I’ve heard many trainers suggest these as a fun alternative to condition a dog out of separation anxiety.
Here are a few of the many toys available that we’ll probably be investing in at some point in the near future:
A time-honored classic! I think the Kong may have invented the market for the interactive dog toy and I think few dog owners these days live without them. They’re indispensable to us at the shelter; we fill them with peanut butter or treats for anxious or reactive dogs. Kongs come in a variety of sizes and strengths and can be bought practically anywhere you buy pet supplies. $5.99 to $19.99 at PetsMart.
Olive Green Dog has a wide selection of high-quality interactive dog toys. Here are a few from their site that caught my eye:
So adorable and so squeaky! And 20% of the proceeds go to four charitable causes. What’s not to love? $5.99 at Olive Green Dog.
Nina Ottosson Tornado Game
This is for the very serious dog with a very serious mind! Nina Ottosson makes a wide range of top-of-the-line interactive dog toys in Sweden. $57.99 from Olive Green Dog.
Tug Zogoflex Dog Toy
These spunky toys can also be filled with treats. The Tug Zogoflex toy is nontoxic and recyclable, plus they’re bouncy and durable. They come in the three colors shown above. $15.50 at Olive Green Dog.
The Holee Roller Dog Ball
This is a great, flexible ball that dogs seem to naturally love. It’s well-suited for filling with larger treats. On sale for $4.79 now at DogSupplies.
WARE Dog-E-Logic Interactive Game
Another fun puzzle for a dog to play with. (Even though this one looks quite complicated. I’m not sure if I could figure it out!) On sale for $23.99 now at PetCo.
Occupi Treat Dispensing Chew Toy
This looks like a fun variation on the Kong. $5.99 to $16.99 at PetsMart.
Do you use any interactive toys to keep your dog busy? Any that you’d especially recommend?