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Creative idea: Make a DIY cognitive toy for your dog, for when you’re stuck at home

Creative idea: Make a DIY cognitive toy for your dog, for when you’re stuck at home

Did you know that dogs, just like humans, need daily mental exercise? This is especially true for when you’re stuck at home with your dog and can’t go out that much, like in quarantine.

Giving your dog a cognitive workout burns off excess energy, provides entertainment, and prevents problem behavior. 

The great news is that you can give your dog a good mental workout with stuff you have at home! For example with a muffin tin and tennis balls, we’ll call it Muffin tin shell game!

For this game you will need a muffin tin and a ball for each cup in the tin, tennis balls are the best size (never use balls too small for your dog’s size as they can pose a choking hazard.)

Disclaimer: If your dog is a toy breed, simply use a mini muffin pan and miniature tennis balls.

Leave the cups uncovered at first. Fill each muffin cup with treats or kibble and let your dog lick or paw the goodies out.

Now that your dog knows good things can be found in the cups, it’s time to cover them with the balls.

Your dog will have to remove each ball to get at the treat underneath.

To increase the difficulty, only bait some of the cups with food but continue to cover all the cups with balls. Now your dog will need to use scent to figure out where the treats are located.

For more cognitive dog toy ideas please visit the American Kennel Club website or click HERE.