blog_0916_02One of the questions we get asked frequently at Pet Pros is “what can I get to keep my dog busy?” If you are you looking for something to occupy your pet while you are away or too busy to play, here are a few of our favorite toys to help entertain and challenge your furry friends. With long lasting chews and treat dispensing toys – this list is sure to keep your pet busy!

1. Kong Classic Stuffable Treat Toys

Many dogs are motivated by food and KONG toys are perfect for stuffing with treats or kibble to keep dogs busy.  Kong Classics come in many sizes and chew levels. To entice your dog, try using a little bit of peanut butter or their favorite treat in the KONG.  For extra long-lasting entertainment, stuff a Kong with treats and peanut butter or canned food and freeze it.

2. Everlasting Bento Ball

Worthy of its name, the Everlasting Bento Ball will keep your pet happily occupied for hours. The Everlasting Bento Balls are made from a highly durable, tear resistant proprietary material that holds up to even the toughest chewers. Use with Everlasting Treats, Everlocking Treats, Every Flavor Treats, or any other food your dog enjoys for a chewing challenge.. Dogs say it is “wooftastic” and it certainly keeps them engaged!

3. OurPet’s IQ Treat Balls

You can’t go wrong with treat dispensing toys because finding food is the most satisfying activity in the world for dogs! Fill this treat ball with your pet’s favorite treats or kibble and watch the fun begin. The IQ Treat Ball has an insert that allows you to adjust the difficulty, determining how hard your dog has to work to get the treats out of the ball. Just go easy on them on Mondays! Available in two sizes.

4. LickiMat

Licking treats out of a toy not only keeps your dog’s brain and nose busy, but their stomachs happy! This one’s a fan favorite because it not only keeps them occupied, but also reduces anxiety and promotes calm behavior. Plus, it is easy to use and easy to clean – earning bonus points in our book! Just spread canned food, peanut butter or yogurt on the mat and watch your cat or dog lick away their nervous energy.


5. Benebone Chew Toys

Dogs love to chew. They chew for enjoyment, to calm themselves or to relieve boredom. Long lasting chews make for a happy pup and help ensure they are chewing on something we want them to chew on! Made of super-strong nylon and food-grade bacon, peanuts, and chicken (yep, you read that right) these chew toys contain no chemicals or artificial flavors. Select the Benebone dog chew size that fits your pet.

6. PetSafe Slimcat Interactive Feeder

While cats don’t always demand as much attention as dogs, they still enjoy a little entertainment! Keep them busy with toys that dispense their kibble, such as this interactive feeder. And if your cat is a bit plumper than they should be, toys that increase activity (like this one) is purr-fect!

These six toys not only bust boredom, but also keep your pet challenged and happy! For best results and to keep your pet the most engaged, change up their toy selection frequently. Also be sure to use caution before leaving your dog unsupervised with any chew toys which are meant to be enjoyed, but not eaten.

Product availability may vary by store – please call your local store to verify that they have it in stock.