This week, we are sharing some of Momo’s favorite dog toys—we know your pup would love to  find these under the tree! Kyjen Puzzle Toys

Kyjen’s dog puzzle games are sure to keep your pet entertained and will increase your pup’s mental stimulation. They will also help your pet exercise  his national instincts and problem solving abilites. These toys are Momo approved; check out the video to see it in action! The puzzle toys cost between $15-$23 and are available on Kyjen’s website and in stores nationwide.

Planet Dog Wood Chuck

If your pup has a lot of energy, Planet’s Dog Wood Chuck is the perfect toy for you! Made from recycled cork scraps and sustainable bamboo, it offers maximum chuck-ability for years of use. We love that it is eco-friendly and that a portion of every sale goes to organizations that help dogs in need! The Wood Chuck (the green ball is included!) is available at Planet Dog for $25.

Petmate's SqueakbottlePetmate's Squeakbottle
For some weird reason, dogs love chew things that make funny noises. If that sounds like your dog, Petmate’s Squeakbottle will keep your pup entertained for hours! The adorable toy has a plush outside which covers a water bottle that squeaks when played with. If the bottle won’t crunch anymore, all you have to do is screw in another—this toy is eco-friendly and is a great way to recycle your old plastic bottles. The Squeakbottles are available in various sea-life characters, and can be purchased online or in select stores for $13.

Nylabone

Nylabone’s Dura Toy Quad Rope is fun AND good for your dog! It will keep your pet amused for hours while also improving your pup’s dental health! The toy features nylon nubs to clean your dog’s teeth and reduce tartar. It has a minty flavor that your dog will be sure to love and is made to last for years of play. It costs $30 and is available online or nationwide at any PetSmart store.

Does your pup have any of these toys? If so, what do they think? Leave us a comment below!

Make sure to check back next week when we will be showcasing Momo’s favorite dog treats!

By Play Admin on Dec 02, 2011 at 12:16 pm 0 Comments
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As dog owners, we all want our pets to be happy. We feed them, we give them treats and we often let them hang out on the furniture with us. As much we wish it were true, most of the time our pets aren't the couch potatoes we think they are. Dogs need to be mentally and physically stimulated to be happy. Things they do to burn off excess energy often end up being misinterpreted for bad behavior.

Here are a few signs you might have a bored pup on your hands.

  1. Does your pup bark at EVERYTHING?
  2. Do you often come home to chewed up:
    • Furniture?
    • Pillows?
    • Shoes?
    • Stuff you can't identify?
  3. Does your dog run around in circles or randomly run like a mad woman in your home?
  4. Does your pup whine a lot or just LOOK bored?


More often than not, if your dog displays any or all of the symptoms above - they are bored and lack mental stimulation. Imagine being home all day sleeping, eating, just lounging. Now imagine doing that every single day of your life. After a few days, you would go stir crazy too! Boredom can potentially lead to mental health issues and result in destructive behaviour, seperation anxiety, hyperactivity, obsessive compulsive behaviour, even aggression. In addition to daily exercise, here are a few ways to keep your dog mentally happy.

Doggy Day Care

Many of us work fulltime jobs - which means fido gets left at home for more than 8 hours alone. An awesome way to get that energy out is to take your pup to a Doggy Day Care once or twice a week. It's great for their socialization skills and by the time you pick them up, they are so tuckered out all they want to do is snuggle!

Toys

Dogs love toys. There are some great intellectual toys out there that really require some brainpower from your pup. Momo loves to play with her Wobble Ball, trying to get her treats out of the fun cloud-shaped openings. Whatever toy you give your dog, make sure to rotate them. Just like kids, they get tired of the same toys easily - rotating them keeps their interest high and makes playtime a lot more fun.

Wobble Ball Enrichment Toy for Dogs

Training

I love doing training exercises with my dog, you can really tell she is thinking and working hard to make sure she gets it right. Dogs love to please their humans and can really benefit from training. Whether you're teaching your pup tricks or basic manners, he or she will really appreciate the positive reinforcement (or treats for that matter).

Sports

Lots of dogs excel in sports or competition. From agility to flyball to dock jumping, dogs often really enjoy participating in these activities. Whether competing individually or in a team, these competitions are great bonding experience for both pups and their owners. And they are just a lot of fun!

These are just a few of the many great options to get keep your dog mentally happy. More often than not these options are fun ways to also bond with your pup. By keeping your dog happy, you are also keeping them healthy as well! So get out there and have some fun with your dog!

By Play Admin on Mar 02, 2011 at 5:18 am 0 Comments
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Momo loves to play. We've gotten her almost every toy under the sun; and she never ceases to make us smile. We love challenging her and seeing how she figures things out– so we always try to buy her intellectual toys. Now that it’s December and Christmas is only 24 days away, we wanted to share a few of Momo’s favorite toys to help give you some ideas when you are shopping for your pups this holiday season!    

Kyjen's Hide a Squirrel toy

Ridiculously cute, this toy comes with a tree log and three squeaky little squirrels. By hiding the squirrels inside the tree log, this toy challenges and entertains your pup - encouraging them to find and remove the squirrels over and over again. As you can see from this picture, Momo loves hunting for squirrels!

Kyjen has a whole line of plush puzzle toys - including their Snake in the Grass, Tough Turtle and a Magic Hat with rabbits! Looks like Momo has a lot on her wish list!

Recently, I came across a great website (In the Company of Dogs) that also offers great intellectual toys for dogs. If your pup has a habit of de-stuffing toys, these are probably a better option. 

These interactive puzzle toys require dogs to use their nose and paws to find treats that you hide inside. If your dogs are anything like Momo, then they definitely LOVE treats! They are $49.95 for the plastic toys and $69.95 for the wooden ones. These awesome toys are likely to entertain and occupy your dog for years to come. 

Momo also loves to romp around outside. We just pop open her P.L.A.Y. tunnel and she runs around in circles. Right now we’re offering 15% off all of our products, so you can get one for $50! Check them out on our site.

Does your dog have any of these toys? Leave a comment - we'd love to hear your stories and see your pictures!

By Play Admin on Dec 02, 2010 at 10:41 pm 0 Comments
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