I am constantly in search of new dog toys. Toys that will continue to squeak, amuse, and entertain. I found this toy recently at PetsMart (or you can find it here at Amazon). The nice young kid behind the counter said I could bring it back anytime if they didn’t like it.
Can you see what it says on the package? It says “Mental Stimulation”. The idea is that you put treats or kibble in the middle and the dogs work to get the food out. When I first gave these to the dogs, I added some kibble to them and let them go. Annabelle had no trouble getting the food out and having a good time. For Solo, the mental stimulation seemed to prove too much and he gave up after just a few minutes.
Add in over 24 hours of rain and Solo was downright bored and unbearable yesterday. The barking started about 12:45. I couldn’t get it to stop. I found the balls and added the kibble. Annabelle went to work and Solo kept barking.
I added dog crack. Or in our case, ANIMAL CRACKERS. Yup, just plain, old Stauffers Animal Crackers. Solo has never worked so hard for anything in his life. And I felt bad, seeing him struggle between wanting the crack(ers) and the mental challenge being almost too much for him. But he kept at it. For over an hour.
And I didn’t hear a single bark for over 3 hours. VICTORY. And dog crack.