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- Kong: Some suggestions for filling it - peanut butter, spray cheese, cream cheese (freezing the toy with the food makes it even more challenging for the dogs!). You can soak your dog's kibble in water or chicken broth and stuff the Kong tightly. You can also find a variety of stuffed kong recipes on the Kong website here.
- Nina Ottosson dog puzzles: You can find a variety of options to choose from. Each puzzle toy comes in several different levels of difficulty.
- Snuffle Mat: A mat that allows the dog to sniff and search for food/treats. You can also find a variety of styles/options.
- Lickimat: Some suggestions for filling it - peanut butter, spray cheese, baby food, cream cheese (freezing the toy with the food makes the interaction last even longer). You can also find a variety of styles/options.
- Diggs Groov Toy: Similar to a lickimat but fits securely on a crate. Great option to use for crate training puppies!
- Utilizing boxes you get from package deliveries.
- Fire hose toys: These are toys that are made out of durable fire hose material. I have attached a link to one example, but you can also find a variety of options by searching "fire hose dog toys."
- Kong Extreme: Any of the toys in the Kong Extreme series are great options for aggressive chewers.
- Goughnut toys: This company provides a safety guarantee and will replace your broken toy with a new one if the dog chews through the toy.
- Benebone Wishbone: A popular nylon chew toy available in a range of flavors.
- Freedom No Pull Harness: A great harness option to discourage pulling in dogs. The benefit is having two points of contact (a front clip and a back clip). Comes with a leash that gives you the option to clip on the front and back clip simultaneously for better control.
- Easy Walk Harness: Another great no-pull harness option. However, I would NOT recommend this particular harness for dogs who are experts at backing out of a harness.
- Lupine Pets: Sells collars, leashes, and harnesses (including a no pull harness) and has a lifetime guarantee for their products, which cover damage from chewing.
- Long line: A useful tool to use to keep your dog safe if you do not have an enclosed yard. Also a great tool to practice recall safely in open areas. Comes in a variety of colors and lengths ranging from 15ft - 100ft.
- Stake and tether: A useful tool to free up your hands while your dog is safely attached to a tether outdoors. Great option for playing fetch and practicing recall. This tool can also be used to safely manage your puppy in yards that are not enclosed.
- Family Paws: Provides support and resources for new and expecting families with dogs.
- Flirt pole: A fun toy that provides distance between child and dog. Puppies are attracted to things that move quickly and this can be a helpful toy in encouraging the puppy to go after the toy instead of the child's ankles when a child is running with the flirt pole.
- Rope toys: I recommend choosing longer ones that allow room for error when the puppy is grabbing for it.
- "The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Puppy" by Victoria Stilwell
- "Canine Enrichment for the Real World" by Allie Bender & Emily Strong: This book is filled with creative ways to provide mental exercise for your dog to enrich your dog's life.
- "Canine Enrichment: The Book Your Dog Needs You to Read" by Shay Kelly: Another great book filled with fun activities to engage with your dog. Shay Kelly also has a Facebook group where she discusses and shares ideas for enrichment.
- "Canine Body Language" by Brenda Aloff
[If you are interested in learning more about the dog training world...]
- "The Other End of the Leash" by Patricia McConnell
- "How to Behave so Your Dog Behaves" by Sophia Yin
- "Don't Shoot the Dog!" by Karen Pryor