Pampered pet care is our passion. Doolittle’s Doghouse is still open for business, yet feeling lonely as pet parents and their families aren’t going anywhere so our cage-free boarding and in-home pet care services aren’t needed now. We can still help you with a few ideas to entertain yourselves and your pets as you shelter in place.
For the entire family:
Planet Fitness has launched a new campaign “United We Move” which is a series of free and easy, in-home workouts on Youtube. No equipment needed! Go to Youtube.com and search Planet Fitness. Subscribe (at no cost) then tune in and get moving. Your dog or cat might enjoy working out with you or watching from the couch! Sample work-out video: https://youtu.be/nnDFK2_Z_ho
Entertainment Dog Toys on Amazon:
Motion-activated interactive dog toy: Your dog’s breath or vibration of him walking by is enough to set the Babble Ball in motion, exciting your dog to engage in play. Made in the USA and arrives with batteries for instant playtime! Find it @ https://amzn.to/2Rj5De9
West Paw Treat Dispensing Toy
This is a mentally stimulating puzzle toy to activate your dog’s brain power. 3 fun colors to choose from with a 100% guarantee against dog damage. Treats not included and made in the USA. Find it @ https://amzn.to/2ULLzmW
Kong Wobbler Treat Dispensing Dog Toy
Who doesn’t own a Kong? This one is specially built to dispense treats during play. Made in the USA, with an entertaining wobble action, it’s easy to fill with a twist-off dispenser and ideally suited for dogs 25 lbs or more. Find it @ https://amzn.to/2RxrKh3
Nylabone Power Chew Textured Dog Chew Ring Toy for SUPER chewers
This power chew is best built for bigger dogs (50 lbs or more) with unique shape and texture to satisfy the urge to chew. Made of durable nylon to help prevent plaque & tartar buildup and made in the USA. Find it @ https://amzn.to/34gOwPu
Our very own PET STORE (for dog & cat lovers)
We’ve recently added a PET STORE to our website for additional on-line purchase options. We recommend the FURBO or PET CUBE cameras with treat dispensing options, in addition to interactive play and “eye spy” features. Visit our PET STORE tab @ https://doolittlesdoghouse.com/shop/under Toys & Accessories. There are many fun and essential items in store so cruise around and let us know if you find something for you and your furry kids. We will continue to add products with discerning taste and thoughtful consideration of our fur families. NOTE: we will not recommend any company that sells harmful devices such as shock or remote collars, or products we feel are not suited for our devoted clientele.
10 Cheap & Easy DIY Entertainment Ideas:
(1). Box Puzzles with Empty Cardboard Boxes: Yep, just a few empty cardboard boxes stacked on each other or scattered on the floor to satisfy canine or cat curiosity. Hide a few treats in the corners and point the way to get their noses started on some “scent work”.
(2). Cereal Box Puzzle: for this one, fill an empty cereal box with treats and tape it shut so your dog has to get creatively destructive to get the prizes.
(3). Treasure Hunt Game: hide a few Kong-stuffed toys throughout the house for more scent work and mental enrichment. Start with obvious, easy-to-find places then increase the challenge by hiding them behind couches and chairs. Use command cues like “find it!” – show your dog the treat toy first, put it on the floor, and say “find it”! Once he eats it up, say “good boy”. After the first few times of reinforcing this cue word, then hide them (when he’s not looking at you) and tell your dog to “find it”. Always reward with “good boy” after a successful hunt.
(4). Plastic Bowl Hunt Game: Don’t have a Kong? Place a treat under a plastic bowl. See how long it takes for your dog to turn the bowl over to get the treat beneath. Any small plastic bowl will work, such as an empty cottage cheese or medium-sized yogurt container. Show your dog what you are hiding under the bowl so they understand what they are about to hunt for.
(5). Muffin Tin Game: using a regular muffin tray, hide treats in the bottom of each muffin “hole” then place tennis balls on top of each. Your dog has to move the balls out of the way to find the treat. To vary the game once mastered, only put treats in some of the holes, yet cover all of them with the balls. See how long it takes to figure out that not every hole has a treasure inside (shouldn’t be long at all as his nose knows)!
(6). Bubble Chase: using the same bottle of bubble solution and small, plastic “blower” that we played with as kids, the same can be done for both dog and cat entertainment. Make sure they only chase the bubbles and don’t try to eat them! Be sure to aim high in the air to avoid ingestion while encouraging an active game of “chase the bubbles”.
(7). T-Shirt or Sock-Wrapped Water Bottle: this is the easiest to make! Tie an old t-shirt or sock over an empty water bottle. The crinkly sound of the bottle sounds just like a squeaker which we all know dogs love to attack!
(8). Pupsicles: using an ice-cube tray, fill with chicken broth, freeze and serve outside for a tasty lick-a-licious afternoon treat. If you have milk bones or other treats on hand, stand them up or drop into each cube before freezing. Yum!
(9). Easter Egg Hunt: this can be done year-round. Fill colorful (plastic) Easter eggs with high-value treats and hide them in the backyard for a special Easter hunt for your dog.
(10). Hula Hoop Jumps: just a simple Hula Hoop that you hold while you encourage your dog to jump through the hoop. Raise it a notch as he masters this skill. Then wrap around your own waist and see how long you can keep it spinning!
Let’s stay connected while we employ healthy practices at home. Our homes are empty without you, yet we are confident, hopeful and faithful that we will reunite soon.
In the interim, we are able to continue to provide a day-away for your dog (some of them are so wound up from too much activity in the house, they just want a nap or a break from their new routines) or professional dog training; we focus on your dog while maintaining a safe distance from their humans.
God bless all of you. Stay safe, healthy and happy.
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