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How to Keep Your Dog Entertained

Updated on October 19, 2012

One of the main downsides to owning a dog is having to keep it entertained and healthy. Many people don't have any idea as to how to keep a dog entertained and happy, so I've decided to write an article for all the bored dogs out there!

Get them a Kong

A Kong toy is one of the best purchases I've ever made for my dog. Sure, it may be a little more expensive than other dog toys, but it is worth the price. In my dog's 6 years with very sharp teeth, she's only broke one. For a comparison, she has destroyed almost every other "heavy-duty" dog toy out there.

The premise of a Kong is simple- put a treat inside a red oval-shaped toy. It is very easy for humans to put it in- this is because we have opposable thumbs that can easily bend the hole the treats go in. However, dogs aren't as lucky. They have to bite and gnaw at the Kong for a while until they figure out how to chew it just right to release the treat.

Here is a Kong. Make sure you get one that is the appropriate size for your dog.

Teach them to walk on a treadmill

If you can't find time to walk your dog outside, or if weather conditions aren't cooperating, try teaching your dog to walk on a treadmill. It's more than just a novelty to show your friends- it's very good exercise for your dog, too!

My dog is scared of the treadmill. Don't force your dog to walk on it if they don't feel comfortable. Be sure to keep the dog safe and calm!

The video below is a spectacular example of how to teach your dog to run or walk on the treadmill.


Get them a friend

Some dogs are just lonely and need companionship of one of their own species. My aunt had a dog that was very lonely and depressed. He moped around all day and never did anything or got excited about anything. It was a sad sight to see.

Her vet told her that the only way to get him out of this depression was to get him a friend. My aunt adopted another dog and her first one has been happy ever since.

Although adopting a new member of the family is a drastic measure for some, I assure you that seeing your friend happy again will be well worth it.

Give them some brain-teasing toys

There are many extremely difficult toys for dogs. The goal of most of these toys is to release a treat. You dog will surely be entertained with one of these difficult toys!

Now, my dog probably wouldn't be able to figure these out, but that's not saying that yours can't! There are difficult toys for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Take a quick trip to Amazon and find one that's right for your dog!

Now it's your turn!

Now that we've discussed four interesting ways to keep your dog entertained, go try one! And don't forget to leave a comment which method your dog likes best! And if you teach your dog to run on the treadmill, please give me proof. ;-)


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    • JRickert profile image

      JRickert 5 years ago

      Thanks, enjoy your weekend too. :)

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      So interesting;well presented and useful .

      Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.