Summer is the perfect time to adopt new methods for keeping your furry best friend entertained when home alone. There are simple ways of reducing separation anxiety and stress. Here’s how to recognize the signs, why they happen, and what you can do to help your furry best friend.
Most dogs get lonely, bored, and anxious without their pet parents around for companionship. “Dogs that are unstimulated, and not physically exercised tend to have more behavioral issues than dogs that have their needs fulfilled,” says Victoria Stilwell, internationally recognized positive dog trainer and best-selling author.
Dog toy expert Nina Ottosson from Nina Ottosson Pet Activity Toys and Puzzles, Sweden, prompted an interesting discussion about the best dog toys to help decrease canine boredom and some behavioral problems that tag along with boredom.
Ottosson recommended a few of her favorite mazes and puzzles. “The best activity treat puzzle toy to keep an active dog busy is the Dog Pyramid and the Dog Treat Maze. The best treat puzzle game is the Dog Twister and the Dog Tornado, as you also can use as meaty ice cream, great for active dogs who need extra-long activity, mix some meaty dog food with water, pour some of the mixtures in the compartments, put the game in the freezer and let it set. This is also perfect for hot days, and when the dog needs some extra activity,” adds Ottosson.
In addition, Ottosson also reinforces how important it is to first introduce the treat and puzzle toys to your dogs while being present, before leaving your dogs alone with them. That way you can be sure that your dog knows how to play with them safely. Ottosson offered the following advice. “I always recommend to supervise the dog when using treat toys, and don´t leave them alone until you know how your dogs handle them,” explains Ottosson.