Normally, Indiana likes spending a majority of the day buried under blankets, snoozing in a cocoon.
Unfortunately, not all days are like this. As a stay at home pet parent, it is my duty to entertain the animals when they get bored. The consequences can be dire, but mostly annoying. Chewed up cardboard. Dog chasing cat. Cat chasing dog. Dog finding a cat toy and eating it. Mostly dog finding something and attempting to eat it; a tactic Indiana knows is sure to get me out of my seat and giving him attention.
|The Everlasting Fun Ball (for Breakfast Fun)|
After his morning walk, I give him his breakfast in an Everlasting Fun Ball. This is a great product to keep your dog entertained for a bit. You pour kibbles in, put it on the ground and watch your dog push it around with his nose and eat kibbles that fall out. However, it has some serious drawbacks, mostly getting the kibbles into the darn thing and how easily the kibbles fall out! I've come up with a paper funnel that I carefully pour the kibbles into, after taping the bottom hole. Then, I put some tape over the top hole so that only a few kibbles fall out as Indiana rolls it. Otherwise, the holes allow way too much food to fall out with minimal effort from him, which doesn't mentally tucker him out at all. I have to be careful about him not eating the tape though! It is a supervised activity, listening for crinkeling instead of crunching. Also, it helps that Indiana is a Hoover Dog and will go over the whole apartment sniffing for missed crumbs.
This is usually enough to keep him napping til his lunch time walk. But, on the days that he has some extra energy, I whip out the cat toy. Yes, I've found that Indiana loves the feathers attached to a string that used to be reserved for the cat. Of course the cat gets in too, and Indiana waits patiently for his turn to play.
You can hear his teeth click as he tries to catch it. He's not as fast as the cat but jumps much higher.
Thankfully there is also a dog park a couple blocks from my apartment to make up for my lack of backyard. However, with all the snow and lukewarm days, it has been a muddy mess recently and we are all suffering from cabin fever a bit. That or muddy paws. I'm not sure which is worse.
Are your dogs rambunctious during the day? How do you keep them entertained?