Here are some ideas for you to use in addition to regular exercise and quality family time to help keep you puppy/dog busy and “out of trouble”.
Puppies and older dogs need a variety of activities to keep them from developing nuisance behaviours such as: digging, barking and chewing that may be a by-product of boredom.
PLEASE CHECK THE SAFETY OF ANY TOY OR ACTIVITY BEFORE LEAVING YOUR DOG ALONE WITH THEM
Some puppies/dogs love to dig so why not provide an area where it is acceptable to dig, rather than in your newly landscaped garden. Children’s clam shells can be used as both a digging pit or a wading pool for those animals that love the water.
The Kong is a wonderful way to encourage our puppies to teethe appropriately. Kongs are a soft rubber toy that can be filled with food. Older dogs love them too.
Our dog trainers will explain the benefits or check out the website http://www.kongcompany.com/
Your dog’s regular dry kibble is placed inside these toys. As the dog plays with the toy by rolling it around (you may need to show the dog first), small pieces of food falls out, thus encouraging the dog to keep playing.
This is a great way to deliver your dog’s dinner rather then have him “hoover” it out of a bowl.
Scatter kibble or any dry treats on the grass. Your dog can then use his nose to “go find”.
Plastic drink or milk containers
Remove all bottle tops and plastic rings.
Some dogs are happy to just chase the bottles around. Holes large enough for pieces of dry food to fall through, can also be punched in the sides of the bottles.
Drop puppy or older dog if suitable off on the way to work. Always check facilities and puppy management strategies.
For families whose puppies or dogs that are home alone all day.
Doggy doors are highly recommended, as inside the house is a safe zone where puppies/dogs can feel secure while their families are absent. Leaving the radio on can also help reduce stress.
Provide a safe zone in your back yard, preferably close to the back door. This can become an area where your pet can rest, either when it is not appropriate to be inside or when you are away from home.
Keeping your pet’s mind busy will tire him out and increase your communication and encourage “good manners”. Training may include basic exercises such as “sit”, “drop” or “stand” or teaching fun tricks.