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Boredom busters for puppy(5 Posts)
Got our 10 week miniature poodle puppy four days ago. He’s great fun and has lots of energy.
I want some ideas for entertainment for him. We have a puppy Kong and some soft toys. He likes to rag his blanket around (especially when I hide his kong in there) and dismantle his bed.
What other things keep your puppy entertained?
An small empty plastic water bottle with rice grains in that he can chase around - just check it regularly and change it if theres a risk the grains can get out. It can also be put inside an old sock with a knot at the end.
Two toys exactly the same - tuggers are good - so that when he brings one you can show him the other one so that he learns to 'drop' the first one.
An old t shirt knotted up so it doesn't look like a t shirt. (and he doesnt learn all t shirts are toys)
Have a toybox to keep his things in and change them regularly - keep one thats 'your' toy to motivate him later.
Squeaky toys - those 'roadkill' flat ones without any stuffing are really good.
If he's fed dry food....
Start some training using his kibble as rewards - 2 mins spent thinking is as tiring as 10 mins playing.
When you feed him hide his kibble around the house so he has to 'work' for his food - or put a ball into his bowl with the kibble - it will take longer to eat.
Play hide the kibble underneath something - let him see you do it at first till he 'gets' the game and then slowly make it more difficult.
Buy a number of bone 'shanks' where they are hollow inside or sometimes filled with a paste. Remove the paste and smear with marmite or fill with soaked kibble. Freeze. Give straight from the freezer.
Give him ice cubes to play with. Freeze carrots as a treat. Give frozen.
Have lead work practices indoors where the idea is to keep his focus on you at all times - so you have to be really interesting to him. Much easier to get this done indoors than outside where there are so many distractions.
Read 'how to train your dog like a pro' - excellent book.
Thank you. What brilliant ideas!
He loves stealing socks and shoes so I think he will love a noisy bottle covered in a sock!
The frozen carrot sounds fun too. Will stick one in now.
I’m waiting for him to finish his jabs so I can take him for a harness and practice lead walking.
He has learnt to come and sit really nicely. We can definitely do more training. He seems to prefer getting his food for a reason, rather than helping himself to it in his bowl.
Love the ball in the bowl idea too!
He’s our first ever dog. I have a lot to learn!
Have you joined the Canine Enrichment Facebook group? Lots of ideas there
No. Thank you I will have a look now.
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