The 5 Best Toys For Bored Dogs
If you're looking for the best toys for bored dogs, you've probably been wondering if your dog gets bored during the day. The answer is a resounding yes! Dogs were bred to have jobs. Some of those jobs include hunting, herding, and retrieving.
Nowadays, your dog probably doesn't have a job, unless you count chasing tennis balls or barking at the postman. This leaves them with a lot of natural instincts that aren't being met. We have to spend a lot of time giving them an outlet for that energy. If we don't, dogs become destructive, stressed, and even depressed.
Unfortunately, daily life keeps us busier than our dogs would like! Especially now that we're going back to the office, our dogs have to spend a lot of time alone. That can leave you wondering how you can keep your dog entertained when you're not home.
That's why we've rounded up our favourite boredom busting toys that are guaranteed to keep your dog entertained for hours!
1. Pet Remedy Boredom Buster Foraging Kit
This innovative fabric toy will satisfy your dog's natural instincts to hunt, eat, then sleep!
Spritz the forager with the included calming spray and hide their favourite treats in the pockets. As they hunt down the treats, the gentle essential oils will help them to relax. They'll often settle down to sleep straight after!
Shop Pet Remedy Boredom Buster Kit - £25.00
2. KONG Lock-It Puzzle Toy
All dogs love a KONG toy! Popping a few favourite treats inside a Lock-It and twisting the pods together will keep your dog engaged for ages! Your dog will love figuring out how to get their favourite snack.
You can vary the number of pods to make it easier or more challenging. It's also made of durable rubber to hold up to chewers!
Shop KONG Lock-It - from £6.99
3. LickiMat® Classics Food Mat
It's a Classic for a reason! A LickiMat® slow feeder makes mealtimes last much longer. Your dog will have to really work for every morsel, which is so satisfying to them.
Plus, licking actually releases a calming hormone in dogs' brains!
Shop LickiMat® food mats - £6.99
4. KONG Spin-It Treat Dispenser
There's a pattern here, isn't there? Well, there's nothing like a dog treat to keep your dog happy! And making your dog work for their snacks fulfils their natural instincts to work and hunt.
You can fill your Spin-It with treats or even your dog's mealtime kibble. They'll get hours of fun rolling it around the house to release their treats - and it's extra exercise, too!
Shop KONG Spin-It - from £9.25
5. Skinneeez Crinkler
Want to entertain your bored dog without treats? Perhaps your dog is on a strict diet, or maybe they're one of few dogs that aren't treat-driven.
In that case, we recommend a toy that will provide lots of variety while they play! A Skinneeez Crinkler has a crinkly inner texture, a squeaker, and a delightfully floppy body that will trigger your dog's prey drive.
The great benefit to Skinneeez is that if your dog does decide to tear up their toy - there's no stuffing for you to clean up!