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Hi all,

I've got a very smart, very food motivated, three-month-old puppy, and I need some ideas for toys to keep him occupied in his pen while I'm working (I work from home). He loves food puzzles -- I give him his meals in a simple rolling one and I've ordered a Buster minicube for when he outgrows that one -- he also has one of those puzzles where he has to move the pieces to find bits of food, which he whips through in no time. He also loves stuffed squeaky toys -- he's a terrier and likes to murder them. He gets plenty of attention and exercise (not to mention puppy socialization class once a week and lots of short training sessions throughout the day), but the only space I have that's big enough to accommodate his pen is next to my work desk, so he really needs to be kept engaged (until he's ready to nap) or he just whines at me. He has a bully stick in there as well -- he goes through about one a week.

I saw plenty of options on the Internet for harder food puzzles and different kinds of pull-apart toys, but I wondered if anyone had any specific recommendations. He does have a Kong, but I keep that for his crate and freeze it with peanut butter when I need to be away for more than an hour or two. He's VERY well behaved in his crate (he can't see my desk from it), and I do put him in there for short periods from time to time when I need to really focus on work, but I don't want to do that often because I don't want him to develop any negative connotations with the crate. Ideally, I'd like to identify three or four good toys I can rotate in when he gets really antsy.

Any recommendations? Any toys I should definitely stay away from?

Eric
 

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The second was too simple for her do I gave it to my mom.
I read this too quickly and thought a puzzle that was too simple for your dog was more challenging for your mom.

Sorry for the off-topic. Carry on.
 

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my doggie is pretty intelligent as well and VERY destructive if she isn't challenged mentally...Some things that I do that help:

  • Give her half her meals in feeder toys (kong and squirrel dude - super good, cheap toy by premier) I got them both on amazon . com
  • IQ treat ball; I sometimes put part of her meal in here too. only thing is that it's LOUD so if you have carpet, it works best. Good thing about this is that you can make it easier to start then progressively harder as they figure it out faster and faster.
I also like Kyjen brand toys. They are expensive, but they are pretty tough. daisy is a powerful chewer going through teething right now and she's had her Kyjen toys for a while. She is able to chew through some seams, but overall, it's held up pretty well.

hope it helps!
amazon . com + interactive dog toys in the search engine = TONS of reading material. LOL.
 
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