The Importance of Dog and Cat Enrichment and Games
Today is National Puzzle Day. I thought this would be a good day to talk about the importance of dog games and encourage you to think outside the box when finding interactive dog puzzle toys for your dog. I absolutely love all the great manufactured dog puzzle toys, dog treat and food puzzle games and toys that are on the market today to help keep our dogs busy. I remember back when I first started my career, there were only a few dog puzzle toys for dogs and none for cats! But now, there are loads of them.
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Pet enrichment is so important for a pet’s well-being. Dogs and cats are very smart and engaged animals that need activity and mental stimulation in order to thrive. I’m a huge fan of feeding a dog out of a food toy, particularly if that dog is a puppy, adolescent, or active dog breed. These dogs need as much enrichment as possible just to keep them out of trouble. 😉
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But let’s not forget about cat games and cat puzzle toys. Cats, too, need enrichment, entertainment, and interaction with their human family. Once again, particularly if you have a kitten, adolescent, or active cat breed.
A word of caution when using interactive pet toys. Don’t assume that this is the only activity your pet needs. Tossing your pet a great food-filled toy does not mean you don’t need to spend quality time interacting and playing with your pet. I mean, if you brought your pet into your home, that means you are their entertainment, their life—their whole world. Please take that commitment seriously and get out there and play, connect and bond with your dog and cat daily. They deserve it and are only on this planet for a short time, so make their time here rich. You don’t want to think to yourself, “if I only.”
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