Mentally stimulating your pet
Hide and seek
Whether you’re hiding treats, or their favourite toy this one works. I started this by hiding treats under their blanket. Letting them dig around until they find them, you can then step this up a level by hiding the treats in another room and letting your dog sniff them out. We shared THIS FEEDING MAT which is great for this game and will keep your dog occupied for hours. Although Dogs love this sort of game it works just as well for our cats.
This one can be done in any house, big or small. You can create a small obstacle course. Much like the recent viral challenge of stacking toilet paper for your dog to jump over! Check out this video HERE. Just be prepared to watch at least 25 videos! You can use any obstacles around the house, Empty boxes, Stools. Use treats to motivate your dog to do this, half an hour of this and your pet will be ready for a good sleep.
As we mentioned in our last article, puzzles are a great way to keep your pets engaged and mentally stimulated. Not only this but it’s a great way for you to bond with your pet. We recommended a few in our last article and have added them below. ?
K9 Pursuits (Dogs)
I love these Dog games, as they are extremely robust. Rollie and Cody absolutely love them. They have a whole range of difficulties across their range! You can check them out on Amazon HERE.
Kong toys (Dogs)
Kong have a range of toys which helps mentally stimulate our dogs! My boys love THIS one. It allows you to fill it full of their favourite mix of foods and treats such as peanut butter etc and lets them put in the work to get the food out. It keeps them occupied for quite a while.
Pecute cat roller (Cats)
For our cats out there who love a game, this layered ball game allows your pet to roll balls (one of which is a catnip ball and one flashes) around it providing hours of entertainment. Now I should mention I don’t actually have a cat, but it comes highly recommended! It also comes with a mouse teaser for play with you! You can see it HERE.
Activity centre (Cats)
An activity centre for your cat will keep them entertained for hours. It is exactly what it says on the tin, basically a play park for your cat. It’s worth having a look for one that would fit in whatever area you have for it, but you can see an example HERE.
Keeping your pet in routine
Not too many treats
Spend time playing