Returning to the office on a summer Monday can be rough after a weekend of fun in the sun. Mondays can be rough (or ruff!) on your pooches, too. The warm weather means we get to have more fun outside with our dogs. Perhaps your pup has been enjoying longer walks, more time at the doggie park, or joining you for a barbecue or sidewalk cafe where they receive lots of attention and stimulation from your friends and family. When Monday rolls around, they are back to their boring routine of waiting for you to come home from work. Boredom and excess energy can lead to behavior problems. How about giving them an extra special Kong before you leave for work? A Kong is a hollow rubber toy you can stuff with food. They are a great way to keep your dog’s brain and jaws busy while you’re away from home. Kongs are the staple food puzzle toy, but there are many others, including the Buster Cube, Tricky Treat Ball, Tug-a-Jug, Twist ‘n Treat, Atomic Treat Ball, TreatStik, to name a few!
Try not to get stuck in a rut, stuffing the usual treats in your pooch’s Kong. If your dog’s digestive system can handle a wide variety of foods, be creative and think of new and tasty snacks to give Rover. Have you considered keeping some halved bananas in your freezer so you can quickly and easily stuff one in a Kong before you leave for work? It doesn’t get any easier than that! I suggest making up some Kongs on Sunday night and keeping them in your freezer, ready to go for the week. Below you will find a fancy Kong-stuffing suggestion, but you can click here for more examples: http://www.aspcabehavior.org/articles/76/How-to-Stuff-a-KONG-Toy.aspx
Wendy DeSarno, CPDT-KA, CTC
Certified Trainer and Behavior Consultant
Good to the Bone Dog Training