One of the main stressors for many dogs is idle and lonely time at home. Dogs need and deserve exercise, stimulating interaction and a dose of fun each day.
Dogs without this will develop behavioral problems and become destructive and annoying.
If you have an inquisitive and playful dog, you will need to keep his brain active and occupied
Boredom and stress in dogs
There is an article by Vetstreet that explains the problem of stress and boredom in dogs really well. It says:
Ask a four-year-old to lie very still in a room by himself for six to nine hours, with no games, no books and no human interaction. Sure, he can look outside and watch other kids play — but he has to stay indoors.
When you return home, tell that child he can walk outside for 10 minutes, but then it’s back in for the night. Repeat this routine daily. Yep, this is what many dogs go through every day.
Dogs are very playful and intelligent animals. If you have an inquisitive little pooch, why not channel their energy into a game that is going to satisfy their curiosity for hours.
This game rewards your dog for correctly opening the various compartments.
To play, it is very easy, just place your dog's favorite treats in any or all of the compartments. When your dog slides the covers or lifts the flaps or cones, the treats will be revealed for your dog to eat.
I particularly like this testimonial for the Trixe Flip Board:
As a veterinarian, I am always interested in simple ways to improve health and decrease pet stress. Feeding toys such as this are based on studies done on farm animals and in zoos which show that mental stimulation leads to decreased stress. It's a simple concept-- think of the depression that often results when a human is chronically unemployed.
I like toys like this for a few reasons. First, a lot of our pets simply bolt all of their food. This kind of toy can help slow them down and put them on a more "mindful" track of eating. Second, pet boredom is
Due to our unique design, the cones cannot be knocked over. They must be lifted straight up to be removed. You can also vary the number and placement of treats to increase the level of difficulty. The non-slip rubber rim keeps the game in place as your dog plays.
Here are some features of the game:
- Included an instructional booklet with tips and tricks for challenging and training dogs
- Dishwasher safe
- One year warranty
- Measurements 9 by 9 by 1 inch
- Weight 1-pound
If you are looking for ways to keep your dogs mind
stimulated try the Trixie Flip Board