I am looking for good Dog Toys and Games for Fit Dog Kilo.
It’s already getting cooler outside, so our 5 daily walks are getting just a little shorter. Neither of us like the cold it appears. Kilo needs lots of mental and physical stimulation, so I need to find things for him to do in the house. He is also a very fast greedy eater, so I thought I would test some things to slow him down (weight loss tips- slow down HERE). He LOVES scratching, chewing, playing and hiding the toys he likes in his crate (along with the odd sock and flip flop).
His favourite toys are his smelly old soft stuffed teddy, and a small red Kong toy. He also likes the new stuffed ones I got him and can play chase and tug for hours. (Thrilled to see the Tug game is exercising his little back legs- thanks Slim Doggy. We have been practising exercises from last week and got some tips on squats from our friends Nichole and Joey this week HERE). He is a little unreliable on fetching i.e. bringing things back to me, but will drop them nicely now if asked (always in the hope of a treat). He prefers playing with me, but will amuse himself chewing and chasing alone too. Occasionally, I will put a little peanut butter or hide some treats in the Kong, and he is delighted. I just got a fun new rope toy with little cups and hid a few bits of his breakfast kibble in there. He loves the toy, but has a lot of trouble getting the kibble out. It can keep him busy for quite a while, and he buries it under his bed in his crate if there are still bits stuck. However I just found out from wonderful trainer Joan Weston that I have to be very careful about rope as little bits may shred off and get caught in the intestines etc. I tried a pink ball with holes for kibble or treats, but that one is too easy, and not as satisfying to grab for his mouth size. I also tried a cute little soft disc as I thought he might like playing with that. He is great at sprinting, jumping and catching. I followed the tips from our post on disc HERE , but he doesn’t seem to enjoy the shape and texture as much as some of the other toys, and has not wanted to grab it.
I went looking for other toys and games to slow down eating and/or keep him mentally and physically active. Some seem quite expensive so thought I would check here is anyone can recommend some good ones for his size and personality and where to get them? We have a large stretch of wooden floor, so I can even try bigger games and jumps.
Joan had a great suggestions for freezing things like Kongs stuffed with different foods and treats, or she even freezes raw bones so I am off to buy a few more Kongs.
Marketing and SEO for Fit Dog Friday Blog Hop
I was thinking about how to get the most out of this Blog Hop. Maybe we could do a “Meet the bloggers” week and share links, then a “Bring a Friend” or some sort of marketing week to grow awareness and numbers for the Hop a little? The Linky Hop system is very convenient, and the comments and views are good, but I do not believe the links count as back links. I would like to increase my number of back links for SEO. I also believe the subject of this Hop is extremely important, and the information we share is really useful and interesting, so we should try to share with as large an audience as possible. Anyone else interested?