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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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.

5 Everyday Dog Moments You Should Be Having

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

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For the full story, you can read it HERE. My husband, Cassidy, had been casually (or not casually) perusing photos of dogs in need of rescue and he fell in love with a young Husky/Basenji mix puppy who had a rough start to her life. Luckily through a wonderful rescue organization and foster family experience, he went to pick Athena up in Vermont one chilly morning a few years ago. We thought he was at work. Both kids were sick. Cassidy suddenly pulled into the driveway, ran into the house, and called for me to get my camera to photograph a supposed dent on his car. There was no dent. He was not at work.

Luckily I had my camera ready even though I had no idea what was about to change.

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And that is how we became rescue pet owners. The process was similar when we got our cat, although not as surprising since I was in on it. We have found the greatest love in our dog Athena, and we are so thankful every day that we rescued her, and she rescued us too. We have incredible times with her in the garden, and with snuggling, and at our town’s wonderful and adventurous dog park. Our eight-year-old takes an active part in her and training, and our five-year-old is amazing with Athena too. We are now avid rescue pet owners and supporters. We took a chance on her and she took one on us.

How do we pamper her and show her love? So many ways! For one, we buy her pretty awesome treats. I picked up Milk-Bone Farmer’s Medley at Walmart recently, and they were such a hit, I had to try all the flavors for Athena. Her favorite?

Milk-Bone Farmer’s Medley Grain Free with Turkey & Pumpkin Biscuits

I’m excited that Milk-Bone Farmer’s Medley introduced such high quality treats. These treats have no fillers, corn, artificial preservatives or flavors. They make our dog moments even better. Athena was our first pet as a family of four, and she’s sat back patiently while we’ve since adopted Juniper, and 11 chickens. It occurred to me recently that I should be making sure I never take our time together for granted. It can be hectic and busy around here, but I need to always make time for my Athena. It’s important not to miss these dog moments.

5 Everyday Dog Moments You Should Be Having:

1 – One-on-one, PRESENT time. Just like with your kids, even if a dog has a different capacity for understanding, they do know when you’re fully with them, and not on your phone or watching TV. Even if it’s just snuggling. It’s enough.

2 – Go for a ride in the car! My childhood dog would freak out if you said “car” so we had to switch it to “ride in the car” and she would go berserk! It was the best feeling saying it to her, and then of course, taking her for a ride in the car!

3 – High quality dog treats. This probably goes without saying, if you know me, but it really matters. And they know! I suggest Milk-Bone Farmer’s Medley for the high-quality treats.

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4 – Find that special scratch spot. You’ll know it when you find it, if you haven’t already. For Athena, it’s her armpits! I’m not sure they’re called “armpits” on dogs, but all I know is that she LOVES when I scratch them. It’s so awesome.

5 – Extra play time. Show your love with those everyday dog moments of play. Make up your own games, follow your dog’s lead, and see what happens. My kids make up elaborate games with Athena, and she’s always a willing participant.

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What’s your favorite thing to do with your dog everyday?