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My Jack Russel is driving me Mad!!!
My male Jack Russel is very active, I want to keep him busy during the day while I am at work. So I buy toys, but within 2 minutes he has eaten it up. What can I leave out to stimulate him if he keeps breaking his toys. Can I train him to play nice? I think the only thing he knows to do with it, is eat it.
Our Trainer replies:
Before you leave for work, take your dog for a walk then give him breakfast. Invest in a genuine Kong toy (you can buy Kongs from a good pet supply store or from our club). This is tough rubber beehive shaped toy with a hollow middle – perfect to stuff with soft food like peanut butter or canned dog food. You need to refill the Kong every day before you leave for work. Another option is to fill an empty 2l cooldrink bottle with dry fog food (with the lid left off). Either of these will keep your dog occupied for ages. Most shop-bought dog toys are only designed for interactive play (with you) and should be packed away after a play session. They can be dangerous if chewed up and swallowed. You can also create a digging pit for your dog in a corner of your garden. Every morning before you leave for work, bury some dog treats and biscuits plus a raw marrow bone. Encourage your dog to dig in the pit by digging with him until he gets the idea. Good luck!