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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 2015-08-26 14:17:26 -0500

Kyjen brand toys are amazing. You can usually find them on Amazon for fairly cheap. They have many different puzzles or hide an animal games. Also, depending on what breed of dog you have you can also try bubbles. My one yorkie loves popping bubbles so I just bought a bubble gun and he will pop them for hours. You can also try a cheap option of putting a plastic waterbottle into a tube sock. Something about the crackling of the plastic gets my dogs all wound up.

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answered 2015-08-26 09:28:47 -0500

Two words. Laser Pointer.

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Ooh. Sadly, I wouldn't recommend this one. Can create very sad, somewhat debilitating, obsessive compulsive behavior in dogs.

Leighann H.'s profile image Leighann H.  ( 2015-08-26 13:31:36 -0500 ) edit

Agreed. It won't be problematic for all dogs, but for a select few it can be disastrous. Probably best not to risk it. The frustration of never being able to 'catch' the light can really get to some dogs. https://paws4udogs.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/the-dangers-of-playing-with-laser-lights/

Laura R.'s profile image Laura R.  ( 2015-08-26 16:42:10 -0500 ) edit
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