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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Teaching your dog to settle on their mat

Reasons why this is awesome and useful: Give your dog somewhere to go during dinner time so that they don’t beg for food. Get your dog to lay down when company comes over so that they don’t rush the front door. I use it sometimes when Betsy is all wet from the beach and I don’t want her wandering around the house getting things wet… Sometimes I just use it for no reason other than to give her something constructive

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Teaching the Hand Target

Oh hey, thought I’d publish a little dog trick how-to. Hand targeting, or, “touch,” is the first trick I taught Betsy. It’s one of her favourites. It’s also useful! I use it as… A fun alternative to recall, so I don’t overuse my recall word. A way to grab my dog’s attention when something distracting is going on. A way to say, “please,” when we’re playing fetch (my hand is like a button – she touches my hand with her

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