Dog Brain Busters

Written By: Caitlin Perna
Below are some simple ways to keep your dog(s) entertained is with creative kong fillers.
These days a lot of people are working from home. And while spending the day with our pups is in many ways The Dream, it can also be a burden. Important calls, video conferences, and general productivity do better without a dog barking or begging for belly rubs.
Here are some of my favorite ways to keep the pups entertained for a while! Whether you have fancy dog treats or just what you have in the fridge, there are plenty of options that will keep them distracted for a long time.
Side Note: If you’re scavenging the fridge, always double check what is toxic for your dog. A quick google search will give you a list of foods NOT to feed your dog if you’re not sure.
For Kongs/Treat Stuffers (buy your own Kong toy here!)
dig treat kong sizes
Throw it all in there!
-Start with something super yummy in the bottom- cheese or freeze dried liver
-Next, some treats or cubed apple, carrots, green beans or bananas
-Add some kibble or apple sauce
-Cover opening with a chew/jerky stick. Or my favorite- stuff with peanut butter and freeze so it takes more time!
Healthy Options
Fruits: apples, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, watermelon
Veggies: carrots, green beans, peas, broccoli
Spread: almond butter, peanut butter, coconut oil
Cheese: cottage cheese, cheddar cubes
Yogurt: low fat plain, plain greek
Food: kibble, canned food, freeze dried liver, cooked chicken or beef, kibble in water
Sauce: pumpkin puree, unsweetened applesauce
You can also buy some Lick Matts where you spread a layer of peanut butter or yogurt and let your pup get at it! Try freezing them first so they last longer. Amazon has great options.
If you want to distract your dog as you walk out the door, or maybe while you cook dinner- puzzle games like these will definitely help. Not only will it be an engaging activity, it will slow down their eating so no choking.
I have this one at home and love watching dogs try to figure it out!
Take some videos of your pets trying new foods and tag @pernapetcare on Instagram
Enjoy at least a few minutes of quiet time!
The Perna