Boredom is a phenomenon unique to pet dogs. Wild dogs don't get bored. That's why companies like ZippyPaws focus on developing toys that provide constructive options for pet dogs.
Puppies, and often older dogs, can get destructive when they're bored. That doesn't happen in the wild because dogs have plenty to do in nature - hunting for food, playing with members of their pack, watching out for potential prey, and protecting themselves and their pack members.
Our pet dogs have the same needs as wild dogs: the need for safe food, a family (pack), exercise, and challenge. Additionally, pet dogs have the need for rewards, as humans expect certain behaviors from them which are not instinctive, but taught.
Because we leave our dogs alone in our homes for long periods of time, they really need to be stimulated by challenging toys that pique their curiosity and these ZippyPaws, many have found, are great for the puppies and dogs among them. These burrowing toys are puzzles, so they will appeal to curiosity and offer a challenge too. The idea is for your pup to remove the small toy animals from inside their homes. As your dog plays with their 'homes,' the toy animals make squeaking noises (with proprietary squeakers!) to stimulate your pup's curiosity: "Where are those noises coming from? I think I'll dig into this thing and try to figure that out!"
To humans, pet parents as we are, these puzzle toys may seem simplistic, but the ZippyPaws Squeaky Puzzle Toys have super reviews from many who report that their dogs never seem to get bored of these toys, especially if they switch them periodically.
Most of the ZippyPaws Puzzle Toys are made for small to medium puppies and dogs who are not destructive chewers. I think you'll enjoy watching your pups play with them.
Above is most of the collection of ZippyPaws Food Buddy Burrow Toys: the Milk and Cookies toy, the Donuts and Coffee, Blueberry Pancakes, and Strawberry Waffles toys.
There is also a great Bucket of Fried Chicken and a Box of Popcorn (shown below) included in the Food Buddies menu. Each hidden food has a good quality squeaker inside to interest and amuse your dog.
My favorite foodie toy is the ZippyPaws Strawberry Waffle....
ZippyPaws knowingly placed their Squeaky Bubble Racoons in a garbage pail, where the critters love to remove your trash night after night. They pick out the garbage, you put it back, they pick out the garbage, you put it back.... This goes on night after night.
On the other hand, you might have a special fondness for these Burrowing Squeaky Mice that are mini-sized. They make less of a mess than raccoons!
The Woodland Friends Burrow is the first ZippyPaws toy I purchased for my dogs and it was a success! The best part is that small and large dogs really like this toy and it lasts if the dogs are not too rough. (I don't want to give the impression that these toys are fragile - they are not. But they are made of polyester material and stuffing, not hard rubber, so take everything into consideration.)
The image below is of the Chipmonks In A Log. The log is 14 by 6 by 6 inches and the three chipmonks are 6 by 4.5 by 2 inches each.
Another of my Woodland Burrow faves is the Hedgehog Den for smaller dogs....
This grouping of three ZippyPaws Squeaky Hide and Seek Zoo Friends are animals in their natural habitats. Although they may be found in many US zoos, your dogs are not likely to encounter them elsewhere but in your home!
Here is the adorable MeerKat Den....
And the banana boys - Monkeys In Their Banana Peel!
There are even more burrowing characters from ZippyPaws online at Amazon.com. You will be impressed at the number of customers who purchase several of these toys, if you read the reviews, as these are their dogs' favorite toys. They appeal to many of your dogs' instincts and comfort needs. You will be surprised.
Many of the little animals can be purchased separately; if they are available, you will find them on this link!
That's the buzz for today!