SEPARATION ANXIETY IN POMERANIAN DOGS (II) – TOYS TO FIGHT AGAINST IT
In the previous publication we told you why separation anxiety happens, especially in small dogs like Pomeranians, and at the same time we gave you some small tips to avoid your dogs suffering from it. If you missed this post, you can read it again by clicking here. In this post we will talk about three types of toys that help Colette to cope with separation anxiety, all having in common that they include treats inside.
ATTENTION! To avoid risks in our dogs’ health, it is important that they have played with these toys under our supervision on many occasions before being left alone, in order to ensure that they don’t break them easily and prevent, for example, the risk of choking.
- The UFO, a disc-dispenser: it is the first one that Colette has had and her favorite one. There are three different sizes, and hers is the small size (7.5 centimeters in diameter). It is made of durable natural rubber, but without being harmful to her teeth, and very easy to wash. It is opened and closed by a screw system. We like it because you can regulate the size of the opening. Thus, and so that the dog learns more easily, you can leave it a little more open at the beginning and later, closing it to raise the level of difficulty. Colette looks like a soccer player playing with it! ^ _ ^
- The Kong: one of the most famous toys for dogs. There are as many different Kong toys as there are dog breeds, so it is important to choose well according to their size, age and strength of the bite. It is made of natural rubber, of course, non-toxic, with holes through which treats are introduced. As for the way to fill it, it is advisable to put the most appetizing foods for our dog in the smallest part; fill it with treats up to half; their usual feed, both dry and wet in the final part. And at the end of the whole, a salient treat as a claim.
- The Hippopotamus: is the latest addition to Colette’s collection of toys of this type. It seems to us a very versatile toy, 3 in 1: treats are hidden in the belly of this funny fuchsia hippopotamus, whose head also sounds and floats in the water. Colette’s is the mini size. In addition, it is an environmental respectful toy, as it is made with recycled materials, specifically with bicycles’ inner tubes, of course non-toxic, that were thrown into dumping sites.
Any of these toys can be filled with bits of food, treats, and creams. You can also fill them with yogurt and freeze them in summer, and turn them into refreshing toys of expert level 😉 Although it is important that you don’t make it very difficult at first for them not to lose interest in the toy.
In summary, with this kind of toys we not only stimulate the imagination, intelligence and sense of smell of our Pomeranias, but also help them to fight against separation anxiety.
Do you have this kind of toys so that your dogs don’t suffer separation anxiety?
As always, we hope that this post has been useful for you and we wait your comments. Thank you very much!