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#1 ~steph~

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 02:49 PM

We are looking after our neighbours dogs while they are away.

The dogs don't get walked (never have done) and although officially we are just meant to feed them, we have noticed they are, not surprisingly, getting very bored (and lonely which we can't do anything about till the weekend) and are therefore barking a lot more than normal.

I have never had a dog in my life so have no idea about dogs.

What sort of toys or things could I give them to keep them a bit occupied?

One is the size of a small labrador the other is probably about the size of shitzu. They don't have much of a yard, again something they are used to.
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 02:58 PM

Is it warm where you are at the moment? You could make up some salt reduced stock and freeze it into big cubes for them to munch on / lick?

otherwise, Woolies/Coles sell a whole range of toys that are fairly durable. I find with our little monster that he destroys toys that aren't specifically designed for pets. You could also try a Kong toy, although they're not especially cheap, they're good for hiding dog treats in.
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 03:37 PM

QUOTE(*Tash* @ Sep 10 2012, 02:58 PM) View Post

Is it warm where you are at the moment? You could make up some salt reduced stock and freeze it into big cubes for them to munch on / lick?

otherwise, Woolies/Coles sell a whole range of toys that are fairly durable. I find with our little monster that he destroys toys that aren't specifically designed for pets. You could also try a Kong toy, although they're not especially cheap, they're good for hiding dog treats in.


Thank you!!

Ohhh I like the idea of the ice block, how much stock would I use? Maybe put it in a 2 litre ice cream bucket??

Will have to have a look at Woolies or Coles as well.
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 03:53 PM

You could also think about getting them a big meaty bone from the butcher each too. Although it makes it a little hard if you don't really know their temperaments around food and if one is going to boss the other.....

Or even just a pack of tennis balls from the cheap shop will keep them entertained if they like to play fetch??

I have also heard that spreading/scattering some of their dry food around the yard is a good idea if they are food orientated dogs??

Even just taking them for a walk into your yard for 10 mins or so would give them a change of scenery and something different to smell.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 04:26 PM

Thank you purpledixie

They are definitely food orienated dogs so might try hiding some food around the place.

Will also try and get a couple of bones for them. I think they are pretty good at sharing as they eat from bowls next to each other and don't seem to fight much. Do I just go into the butchers and ask for some bones?

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 07:37 PM

You can also put some dry food inside an empty soft drink bottle (take the lid and ring off). That way they have to work for their food and it entertains them. My dog loves chasing a bottle around.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 08:13 PM

QUOTE(~Melissa~ @ Sep 10 2012, 07:37 PM) View Post

You can also put some dry food inside an empty soft drink bottle (take the lid and ring off). That way they have to work for their food and it entertains them. My dog loves chasing a bottle around.



Ohhh another good idea...

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 07:33 AM

Yep just ask the butcher for a bag of dog bones, shld cost u about $2.

All the suggestions have been good so far, the only other thing I would suggest that our girls have & love is a kiddie seashell filled with water.. They get miles of entertainment out of that, but it might be abit exxy for when u r only minding them and if they rnt the sort of dogs normally exposed to water they might not know what to do with it tongue.gif
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Posted 11 September 2012 - 11:03 AM

If they're not likely to fight, I'd agree with the suggestion of a marrow bone (a butcher will split it down the middle). My two will sit there munching on their bones for about 2 hours and will go back to them the next day.

Only one of my dogs likes toys and only if I play with her iykwim? As you're babysitting and I assume you don't want to spend too much money, I like the idea of dry treats in a plastic bottle. If you have a container or a cheap ball with holes, you can put peanut butter in it and they'll spend ages trying to lick it out. There are specific toys designed for this called Kongs, but they're a bit pricey. Though I'm sure the cheapie shops would sell knock offs.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 09:27 PM

Thank you everyone!!

Not wanting to be a tightarse or anything but I would prefer to keep the toys cheap considering we are just babysitting... So looks like I will be collecting any soft drink bottles I can find, peanut butter in a ball? Wow would never have thought of that!

We have one of the seashell thingys, so will try and prise it away from the kids for a day and let the dogs lose in it.

The butcher was closed tonight when I went past so will try tomorrow night or Thursday for some bones and will do a ice block up tomorrow night as well.

I want to be around for the first time they get each thing just in case something happens and I am at work again tomorrow so they will have to wait till Thursday to have a play.
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Posted 11 September 2012 - 10:03 PM

I've stopped buying our dog any 'pet specific' toys. They're too expensive. We just buy him small stuffed animals (that DON'T SQUEAK wink.gif ). I'd go to a cheap shop and have a quick look. The Lab might go through a couple of those toys, but at least you'll only pay a couple of dollars. Tennis balls are usually good value too.

Not sure what the Shih-tzu is like, but bones and larger food items are a no-go for our small dog. Anything larger than a bite size piece gets buried here.
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