They say that idle paws are the naughty dog’s workshop- or something like that… So how do you keep your dog busy? Sure, a walk around the neighborhood, going to the park, tossing the frisbee or a solid game of fetch should suffice – but what if your dog needs something more? Most pet owners know that physical exercise is a crucial part of owning a dog, but what about exercising a dogs mind? Do they even need mental stimulation? Of course they do!

Dogs need both mental and physical exercise! If you really want to tire out a playful, active pooch you need to stimulate their mind! Just fifteen minutes of mental exercise and problem solving is equivalent of twice the time of running- what a great way to calm down a rowdy pup!

Puzzle Toys for Mental Stimulation

Lucky for you, we’ve stocked up on a wide variety of puzzle toys to challenge your dog’s problem-solving skills and enhance mental stimulation through play. Busy day at work? No time for a long walk? While nothing truly replaces daily exercise, these puzzle toys can help tire out a dog mentally if physical exercise is not an option. Puzzle toys are also a great way to keep older dogs engaged or dogs recovering from surgery when limited to physical activity – they still deserve some healthy mental enrichment!

In the video above, Arlo is solving a level 3 puzzle toy by Outward Hound called Dog Worker!

High energy dog? Try agility!

How can a pet owner exercise a rowdy rover’s mind & body at the same time? Agility courses! Agility training is a great option for high-energy dogs who require a lot of exercise. Since it provides both mental and physical stimulation, agility training significantly reduces boredom and all the destructive behaviors that can come with it. We have both the Outward Hound Outdoor Agility Kit and the Indoor Agility Kits in stock now! Both are quick & easy to set up and provide a fun and exciting way for your dog to stay stimulated and physically healthy! Each set is convenient and portable so they are ready to fit any adventure. They also come with useful training tips that help you train your pup to learn new commands together while also strengthening your bond!

If your pup is bored with time spent at home, consider adding a puzzle toy or agility training to your daily play routine. As always, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is available to answer any questions to help you choose the perfect puzzle for your pet. You can also order puzzle toys online with convenient curbside pick-up or free local delivery with a $50 minimum!