Homemade puzzle toys

Has anyone else noticed that most commercial puzzle toys for dogs are painfully easy? I don’t know who designs them but either the test subject dogs that try out the products are not all that bright, or the toy designers don’t have test subject dogs at all, or maybe my own dog is some super-genius, but I somehow doubt that. So I am on a quest to make really tough (but not so tough that the dog gives up) puzzle

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Choices and Happiness

Eileen of Eileen and Dogs recently wrote a piece on giving dogs choices and Patricia McConnell wrote one on what makes your dog happy?. They’re both of a similar tone and it made me think about what makes Betsy happy. I often feel sorry for dogs – they’re at our mercy in most ways: We control their food, their water, when they get to go to the bathroom, and when they get to leave the house. We force them to

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Kong Recipes

I wasn’t a big fan of the Kong at first, thinking the design was kind of silly, but over time I’ve decided that it’s actually pretty great. We now have two Kongs, both of the red variety, both size large. My main use of the Kong is for the crate. Betsy doesn’t mind being crated in the slightest – she took to it like a fish to water, right from the day we brought her home. She doesn’t whine, she

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Five easy ways to enrich your dog’s life

I always feel horribly guilty about not using Betsy to her full potential. Since I don’t have a job that requires a working canine companion, my wonderful dog, who boasts generations of breeding geared towards boundless energy and stamina, is forced to spend a lot of her time laying around the house, waiting for me to entertain her. When she whines or paces or nuzzles me for attention, I am always beseiged with guilt, knowing how much it must suck

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