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Inexpensive, hands-off puppy boredom cures?

asked 2015-08-24 21:50:58 -0500

I have a 6 month old puppy who seems bored, even with lots of exercise (walks, hikes) and playtime with us ("fetch," tug, chase, etc). We're told she's part German shepherd (she has the look, too) and is very smart. Can anyone recommend games or puppy puzzles to help with mental stimulation. It would be REALLY great if they were homemade or super cheap, since I can't afford the fancy ones you buy for $20-$50! So far I've tried putting a treat under a frisbee so she has to find a way to flip the frisbee, but she's really good at it already. The other idea I've used with great success is rotating her toys, which helps for a time.

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Get him a playpal/another dog. They play with each other and not you. Playpal another dog/gerbil whatever. Another body helps.

Barbara L.'s profile image Barbara L.  ( 2015-12-04 16:05:43 -0500 ) edit

My dog has a lot of allergies and to keep him distracted from lickin and itching we get him raw bones to chew on as well as got him dog puzzles. Make sure the bones are a good size to keep him occupied and UNCOOKED. The puzzles I got on amazon they have plastic and wooden.

Lauren W.'s profile image Lauren W.  ( 2017-02-23 16:06:18 -0500 ) edit

KONG brand toys have tons of different play toys for dogs! They're durable rubber, and can have treats inserted to keep the dog's interest. The toys are more than just a few dollars, but they are durable enough to last.

Sarah K.'s profile image Sarah K.  ( 2017-04-24 01:26:36 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2018-02-15 14:32:59 -0500

My idea probably doesn't help with mental stimulation too much, sorry, but it is inexpensive, and entertained my dog. :) Also, I'm not sure if it would be technically advisable?, or if it would be something that would interest your pup, but when my doggo was young he would destroy any toy we gave him within minutes, and loved to tear things apart. So, I channeled this into small-stick chewing outside, and inside I'd give him empty boxes to tear apart, which he would also chase across the smooth floor. Empty butter cartons, egg cartons, cereal boxes, and things like that. He'd tear them up, and then I'd throw away the pieces after. He seemed to know that he was only allowed to do this when it was specifically given to him, though, and he isn't destructive, so for us it worked out well. Hope this helps! :) Ooh! For mentally stimulating, perhaps finding hidden treats. I place my dog in a sit-stay, hide some treats, usually also being a little tricky by bending down but not placing something there, etc (I'm also showing him how many I'm hiding first, so he'll know when he finds them all), and then come back and release him and say 'Go find your treats!'. It's something that exercises both mind and body & I don't have to be one-on-one with him for the whole time, like if I'm working. Best of luck! :)

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answered 2018-02-16 05:44:45 -0500

Hiding games!!

Hide and seek! Distract puppy, hide, and try not to laugh. This game is probably perfect for her German Shepard side.

Another cheap game would be hide the treat. Start off with 2 cups and hide a little food or toy and switch them around, then see if puppy can find it. You can later do 3 cups or as many as you want.

My family also does the sit, stay, hide a treat/toy too like Amber

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