Buy brain teasers to keep your pet intellectually active
Alternatively, if you would like to do something low-key to celebrate your pet at home, how about a brain teaser to get their brain working? There are many options for toys and treats that can engage your dog’s mind and make them work for their reward. Here are some ideas:
Puzzle toys: These are toys that require your dog to figure out how to get the treat out. Examples include treat-dispensing balls, cubes, or puzzles.
Snuffle mats: These are mats that are designed to mimic grass, and you can hide treats inside the mat for your dog to find. Your dog will have to sniff around to find the treats, which can be a fun and engaging activity.
Interactive toys: There are many interactive toys available that require your dog to manipulate them in order to get a treat. Examples include toys that require your dog to push, pull, or slide pieces to get to the treat.
Frozen treats: You can also freeze treats in ice cube trays or freeze a stuffed Kong toy for your dog to work on. Your dog will have to work at the treat to get it out.
When choosing a toy or treat for your dog, just make sure to keep an eye on them to ensure their safety and that they are not ingesting anything harmful. Also, make sure to choose an appropriate level of difficulty for your dog’s skill level. While some dogs love a challenge and will work on a puzzle for hours, others may struggle and quickly lose interest.