Just like their humans, dogs can get bored easily. And keeping your them mentally stimulated can be challenging, especially when you’re not home. So, what’s a pet owner to do? Here are our top 4 picks for ways to keep your dog entertained while you’re away! 

Treat-Dispensing Toys or Puzzles

One great choice for many owners is to leave a treat-dispensing toy or puzzle with their dog when they leave the house. There are many options for these types of toys, including weighted wobbling toys, mazes, etc. And these interactive toys aren’t just for treats. You can fill them with your dog’s kibble too! This will not only keep your dog entertained while you’re away, but also give them something to look forward to as you leave. Of course, be mindful of any options that have small parts, as these may present choking hazards.  

Frozen Kong: A Great Treat To Keep Your Dog Entertained While You’re Away

And speaking of treats, one of the most popular choices for pet owners is a frozen kong. These come in a variety of sizes and types, so you can find one for toy breeds, puppies, and even strong chewers. Fill your dog’s kong with their favorite soft treat (peanut butter, pumpkin, yogurt, cheez whiz, etc.). Then, place it in the freezer overnight. It will take much longer to finish and is a great way to keep your dog entertained while you’re away. One pro tip? Add a bit of cinnamon with that peanut butter or pumpkin or blueberries with the yogurt for a health boost! 

Let Them Watch TV OR Listen To Music

One way to ease your pet’s anxiety while you’re gone is to let them listen to some music or even watch TV. While they may not be able to actually understand what’s on the screen, the sensory distractor can keep them occupied and more at ease, as opposed to sitting in silence. Interestingly, a recent survey showed that the most popular music among dogs is reggae and soft rock! Though, dogs can certainly be prone to their favorite genres, just like their owners. 

Exercise Is Key

While the physical benefits of walking your dog may be commonly known, many underestimate the mental benefits as well. Exploring their surroundings help to keep your dog’s brain active. This helps to wear them out both physically and mentally. A great way to get them the exercise they need while you’re not home? Hire a dog walker to help you out!

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References: https://wtop.com/music/2017/01/dogs-favorite-kind-music-study-says-yes/

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