Let me preface this post by saying this… Turk is a simple dog. Like, Hyperbole and Half simple.
Most days he will go from being desperate to get outside (whining, scratching at the door, barking in this harrumping-like manner that is reminiscent of an old man) to desperate to get inside just as soon as he is freed to the confines of the outdoors.
This is not a good quality when you (i.e. me) are trying to write a 2o page paper and your husband is deep into a Harry Potter book to the point where he doesn’t even hear the commotion Turkey Lurkey is making. Doesn’t. Even. Hear. It.
This is why I am constantly searching for some sort of toy that will keep Turk occupied for any amount of time longer than 30 seconds. The Gourmet Kong I posted about last week managed to get me 30 minutes of uninterrupted paper writing time. 30 minnnnnnutes!
Now some of you dog lovers might be thinking to yourself: “Self, why doesn’t she take that dog on a nice, long walk? That always seems to do the trick for my dog.” Well, let me answer you: Turk does not get tired. I frequently take him on a four mile walk that is hilly and full of wonderment to tire out his little brain and he comes home even more energized than before we left. I take him to the vast expanse that is Shawnee Mission Dog Park and after running with his doggie friends and swimming in the lake, he practically has to be dragged home because he wants to play all day. He is the energizer bunny of dogs. Never tired. Ever.
So imagine my surprise when I found the Kong Wobbler. No, it does not tire the Turkman out, but it can keep him occupied for almost 45 minutes. 45 miiiinnnnnnutes!
You just put some food inside of the Wobbler and your pooch has to knock it around to get food to be dispensed. It has a weight on the bottom so it wobbles around, which makes your dog work harder to get food to come out.
From the moment I gave Turk his dinner inside of it (to see if active feedings would work for him), he was enthralled. As I am typing this, I can hear the *thump, thump, tha-wack!* of Turk attempting to get his kibble out. He knocks it end over end from one side of the house to the other, carries it around in his mouth to ensure that he is the only one who gets to play with it, and last night even attempted to bring it to bed with him. Between the Wobbler and his Gourmet Kongs, I may actually be able to get some work done in the last two weeks of class before summer break!
Oh, and here’s a quick tweak for ya on the Gourmet Kong via a comment Aleksandra at Love and a Six-Foot Leash left for me:
We recently tried this ice cube tray trick: where you essentially put a handful of kibble, some PB, some leftovers — we like plain rice, potatoes, or sweet potatoes — and a little water or broth in the blender until it becomes mushy, pour into ice cube trays (spritz the ice cube trays with a cooking spray first so they don’t stick), and freeze. once frozen, you can pop the cubes out into a zip lock baggie and keep them in the freezer. this way you have a kong puzzle ready to go at a moment’s notice, and you only have to do the whole fiasco once! You can jam a frozen cube into a standard kong or kong genius toy with a little muscle– but it’s easier if you don’t fill the tray to the brim, but rather about 1/4 inch from the top. sometimes i put two cubes in a kong just to keep the pups occupied for even longer!
Thanks, Aleksandra! I will definitely be trying this in the future!