We just let him do his own thing. He's old enough to have figured out what he likes doing to entertain himself - he loves gnawing on his bone and playing in the backyard with his horse ball!
Horse ball? -looks it up-
Oh, neat! I wonder if my pup would like something like that?
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We love them because they're super easy to throw and my dog loves them because he can "throw" them himself! If your dog is big enough to handle them, I bet s/he'd love it :)
jolly balls! my dogs(i have three) love theirs! it is red, so far the pit bull of destruction has not torn it apart(she kills most toys in about 4 hours- she killed a red kong in a day and is now trying to kill the black kong with very little luck) and they will play chase with it and steal it from one another.
I don't really think it's my job to entertain my dog all the time? idk. She goes out in the morning and takes herself for a walk around the area for an hour or two, and then usually in the afternoon one of her friends comes to play. Otherwise she just sleeps all day.
I have 3 dogs. They have a basket full of toys and they tend to mess around with that and just play.
Shes getting to the point now that she does whatever she wants and doesnt really need to be entertained. Generally, we heavy-walk her in the mornings and mid afternoon (since 6-9pm is her 'high activity' hour). Then if we are out when shes high energy--she has a whole basket full of toys she loves. Mostly she chews raw bones, pulls stuffing out of toys, rips up cardboard (one of her favorites) or licks frozen peanutbutter out of a bone (favorite treat) but generally, she just sleeps.
I'm curious, do you worry that she'll eat the stuffing? My dog LOVES disassembling stuffed toys and I'd love to indulge her habit but I worry that she'll eat the fabric and/or the stuffing and get a blockage. Am I worrying too much?
i think so. our youngest dog does that, as do the older two, and none of them eat the stuffing, it just looks as if we had a teddy bear massacre in our living room. the other thing with sophie(the youngest, pit bull) is she will get very frustrated with you if you have a drink in a plastic bottle and do not drink it quickly enough because she wants the bottle NOW. we cleared out close to 75 bottles from various hiding spots, and she has brought out more. no idea how she got so many.
we get cheap stuffed animals or the heavy duty ones made by kong. there is also a company that makes sock monkeys and we get one for each dog at christmas and those last the longest- close to 6 months for our boxer, maybe 3 months for the pit bull and it depends on the am staff mastiff mix. i m getting an aid dog before christmas and she apparently loves tug toys(omg, tug toys with a bull mastiff!) so i think i am going to order some fleece ones from someone online. our dogs are totally spoiled.
With my dog, it is actually more important what is NOT there than what is there. If there is anything he can get into that he shouldn't, he does, then gets guilty and poops in the house.
Fortunately, I have a hound who is not super bright and quite lazy. It's the smart dogs that need mental stimulation.
I just give her a big juicy bone that takes her about a week to demolish. Then I get a new one.
Fortunately my pug's favorite activity is sleeping, lol. My beagle is usually happy just to be let outside and he'll just lay there and watch things (animals, people outside, etc)
some of what you mentioned above, as well as STRONG durable chew toys... if I dont have enough to keep them entertained, they WILL find other methods, namely defluffing the couch or chewing the baseboards, to entertain themselves.
i like the elk antlers, rollover bones, large nylabone toys, and jollyball toys to leave out for them, and then we have tuggy toys, stuffed/squeaky toys, fetch toys etc for supervised playtime
and of course mental exercise, teaching tricks, working on training/behaviour stuff, training games..