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Q: What do you do to entertain your pet?

October 31, 2008 | By Deven D. | 16 answers | Expired: 2146 days ago

Deven D.

When you are away for long periods of time during the day, do you do anything special for your dog? Are there things I can do to help keep him occupied and happy while I am gone?

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Krista
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Nov 04, 2008

When I had my dog we got him one of those balls with treats that come out the more he plays with it. He use to love it.

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Liz C.
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Nov 03, 2008

I hide frozen Kongs for my dogs to hunt and find. I put a variety of things in the kongs, like: mashed banana, liverwurst, wet dog food, yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter, baby food and cream cheese. I layer the food with the yummiest, smelliest at the bottom so that they don't give up. My dogs can't wait for me to go to work!

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Rhonda T.
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Nov 01, 2008

When I leave my dogs for an extended time, I usually get them a bone or pig's ear from the butcher shop. This is the only time that they get them and they are happy to go find a place to chew on them for a while. The bones last longer. It also makes it easier for me to leave when they are happy instead of looking at the car with this "look of abandonment"

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Kay A.
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Nov 01, 2008

I leave the radio on, arrange for a dog walker and give him a kong stuffed with frozen food(takes longer to get out - I make them up in advance a leave them in the freezer for the week)

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Cherubtoes
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Oct 31, 2008

I put on some soft music or the tv for my dogs. They also have a bunch of toys to play with too.

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Kavykeeper
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Oct 31, 2008

I'm sure it's different with dogs than with guinea pigs, like I have, but I've found the most important thing is to rotate toys and objects in their cage so it's constantly a new experience for them. I have assorted PVC pipes I put in the cages and they act like they are entering something new for the first time as I change them. The same can be said for dog toys, TV on or off, talk radio, music, moving a dog bed around, opening or closing curtains, etc. I think it's the variety of things that keep animals amused.

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alissa o.
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Oct 31, 2008

i let my dog chase me around the couch and when she is on the far side I run down stairs into the basement and hide. once she runs past me I run back up stairs. she loves doing this but it wears me out

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DDRau
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Oct 31, 2008

Classical music and chew toys. Luckily he entertains himself by sleeping in a leather chair by a sunny window where he can keep one eye open for deer and stray cats.

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KELEZ
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Oct 31, 2008

I leave toys out that they can play with by themselves. The One toy is like a cicle with a mouse inside it and it like spins around when the cat paws it. I also leave out the cat cube with lots of mice all over.

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Janna O.
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Oct 31, 2008

I walk my dogs in the mornings to tire them out and then have special chew toys they only get while I am gone. I also leave the radio on a soft music station.

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