Winter is coming! Not completely true yet, but as a basic white girl I am predisposed to needing things like: socks, scarves, pumpkin flavored everything in my life and spend the majority of my time getting excited for Hallmark Christmas Movies. Plus I’m still filling my Game of Thrones void. With the cold weather, also comes a very cranky dog of mine who refuses to go outside in the snow/rain/cold/mildly chilly weather. So we have to find ways to stay busy so that I don’t find him chewing on the molding in my kitchen (anyone else’s dog do this or am I alone with a psycho?). Here are my recommendations for the best products to keep your pup mentally stimulated.
Hide and Seek Toys
It’d be impossible to leave out a ZippyPaws burrow toy from this list. They’re adorable; from cookies hiding in milk, monkeys and bananas, they’re awesome. Just make sure your dog doesn’t chew on them because they are plush. Otherwise you simply hide the creatures in their home and let your pup shake like crazy until they fall back out.
Seek a Treat Toys
This is my favorite to watch because I get insanely proud of Theo every time he figures out where the treats are, and so does he! It’s super easy to fill and easy to use, and I secretly enjoy coming up with new ways to hide the treats each time.
The very first toy I bought Theo was a Kong. I fill it with peanut butter and freeze it or just stick a treat in there and he’s occupied for hours. The best part is that they’re fairly sturdy and I don’t have to worry about him chewing the toy apart!
Indoor agility training can be tough if space is an issue. What’s awesome about balance discs is that they’re compact and can fit in a tiny apartment. It’s not only interactive but it’s another skill to teach your dog and can help with balance, and build confidence!
Slow feeders are amazing. It throws that old saying of “don’t play with your food” right out the window. It’s such an easy swap from a regular bowl and it’s also good for digestion!
How do you keep your pup from going crazy on the cold or rainy days? Share your best tips and product suggestions in the comments!
Alli, 27, is a not a regular dog mom, she’s a cool dog mom. By day you can find her working at the University of Pennsylvania, but by night she’s navigating through what we like to call “adulting.” From tacos and margaritas, to spin classes and avo toast – whatever it may be, there is no one better than Theo to be by her side.