5 Ways to Beat Dog Boredom

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Did you know that dogs can get bored? They sure can! Here are 5 ways to beat boredom in your dog, especially with interactive toys. #jwpet #ad #holeegourmet

Yes, believe it or not, dogs can get bored.

I was surprised to learn that about our own boisterous yet mellow girl, Athena. During fall and spring, I’m MUCH better about getting her out for her daily walks and hikes at our local dog park. There’s an excitement she gets even from me walking down the stairs from my office. She knows what it means! It means time with other dogs and nature. When we’re traveling or when it’s particularly hot and humid here, as well as icy (dangerous for the hikes, although I have gotten ice shoes), if too much time passes between these big walks/hikes, she gives up. She gives me a certain look on those mornings.

It seems to say, “You’re not going to take me to the park, are you??”

Now, don’t worry. Athena is plenty stimulated on non-park days. We have four acres, 11 chickens, a playful cat, and two kids. That said, during the school year, she gets lost in the shuffle. We obviously don’t want her roaming the four acres alone, although she’s plenty happy to do that (yikes), and she does get bummed when Cassidy leaves for work and I drop the kids at school. The cat tends to nap a lot during the day, the chickens don’t come out of their coop, and I work a lot.

That said, it’s up to me to make sure she’s happy and I take that seriously. Truth is, no matter how often we go to the dog park, there are going to be days we won’t go. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows, and sometimes the heat index is too much for both of us. Sometimes the car is in the shop or I’m waiting at home for a lens shipment. And sometimes, the dog park is closed for maintenance or goat landscaping (I kid you not) and it’s best to keep Athena home. During those days, I have found five ways to beat her boredom and make her happy! Ready to hear our dog boredom busters? Of course you are!

1 – The best one and Athena’s favorite – Enrich your dog’s life with the Petmate® JW® Hol-ee Gourmet™ line of interactive dog treat toys. How cool are these? (pictured above) Hol-ee Gourmet is pretty awesome – it’s a durable, rubber, two-in-one treat toy that encourages interactive and rewarding play. Also, it makes treats last longer! It’s available in three different fun designs – a turkey leg, a steak, and a peanut. They’re made with rubber and nylon. What you do is fill the outer Hol-ee shell with larger treats and you can also smear soft, spreadable treats (like peanut butter) on the inner nylon “bone.”

Also, each toy comes with a sample of Himalyan Yaky Puff treats.

The dog toys are available in two sizes, and are high-quality and durable. They are intelligently designed to entertain your dog, stimulate his or her mind, and also withstand dog chewing. My dog can chew for hours without stopping!

2 – Play tug of war with your dog! This is one of my dog’s favorite activities. The best part is that you can attach a rope to your Petmate® Hol-ee Gourmet™ line of interactive dog treat toys. They are so versatile!

3 – Hide treats around the house or in your hands/pockets. This can be played anywhere too. They love “Guess Which Hand”.

4 – Change up your walking routine. The same route can get mundane. I like to take different trails, or reverse directions.

5 – Arrange a play date for your dog. My dog actually has a best friend!

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Did you know that dogs can get bored? They sure can! Here are 5 ways to beat boredom in your dog, especially with interactive toys. #jwpet #ad #holeegourmet

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Now, how do you beat boredom in your dog?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PetMate. The opinions and text are all mine.

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About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer at http://tamaracamera.com/, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at http://tamaracamerablog.com and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns. http://themotherofallmeltdowns.com, as well as Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead/QA Reader with Sway, and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


Comments

5 Ways to Beat Dog Boredom — 9 Comments

  1. Aw, I wish we could arrange a playdate for Elsa and Athena as I think they would get along just perfectly. But still love your tips and advice on how to beat boredom for dogs and will try a few of these for Elsa, too now 🙂

  2. I may have to give this a try to Bentley and Ella. Bentley likes chewing on EVERYTHING, so he would love this. As for #5, maybe you can bring Athena when you visit Colorado and we can have playdates.

  3. Shakespeare has never met a toy that he couldn’t chew his way through, even when it states its impossible on the packaging, so I will have to get one of these for him and test it out. Athena is so cute 🙂

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