FitDog Friday–Exercise The Mind
I can’t believe I went a week without a post. 🙁 I have been running this way and that and Friday just snuck up on me. It’s scary how time flies so fast now. The week was filled with a follow-up trip to the gastroenterologist for the oldest boy (he does not have celiac disease–yay!), a vet visit for Siren because of a UTI, nail appointment for me (I can’t even tell you how long it had been), haircuts all around and I finally got my hair colored. It was looking bad. I also needed to fulfill a wish I’d had for a long time: to paint something.
Sometimes we need to work our minds by pursuing creative endeavors, so despite having a zillion other things I could have done, I took the time and had an art lesson with my friend the fabulous Laurie Leigh. It was such a fun thing for me. I did my very first painting. Of course it would be a dog:
“Me? Destructive? What dis you say?”
Sassy and her teddy
Sassy is more apt to play with toys and stay out of trouble than Cairo, but while Sassy’s idea of “getting in trouble” is carrying around blocks in her mouth or eating crayons, Cairo’s is “redecorating” entire rooms, eating art easels (yes, that’s right), plucking things off shelves to shred and spread everywhere, stealing turtles (that’s a story for another day) and obsessively trying to scale the new dog yard fencing (sadly, she’s almost there).
Providing your dog with safe, strong and appealing toys can be a challenge. It is most often trial and error. But the key is to keep the mind busy so they do not go looking for things to get into that are not acceptable choices. Whenever you can’t be in attendance, your dog should be secured in his or her crate or kennel, so they will be safe and your house will be safe, no one has the possibility of escape (if you leave them in the yard, for example) or of being stolen or (it happens more than we would like to think).
Puzzle and treat toys are a fantastic way to keep your dog’s mind occupied. Here are a few of our favorites:
What are some of your favorite ways to exercise your dog’s mind?