LazyPaw Animal Hospitals loves entertaining our pet patients, especially because watching them have fun is so entertaining to us! There is no one toy that will interest every animal, but this list of handpicked oddball toys is devoted to our furry friends who may be suffering from a spell of ennui. From puzzling to downright bubbling, even the most un-impressible pet could be doggone delighted by these wacky playtime ideas.
A tether that actually encourages movement?
Tethers that keep dogs roped to one place are old news. The Tether Tug is a combination of tether pole and tug toy that keeps dogs of all sizes romping in a game of tether-tug-of-war that can be played either inside or outside. The toy was designed by a father and son team who rescued an abused puppy, the three-legged Lizzie. The family made a rope toy at the end of a pole to keep Lizzie entertained, but Lizzie always had more energy than her owners. When the guys stuck a more flexible pole in the ground, Lizzie kept on playing even if they weren’t there, and a cool new toy was bestowed upon the canine world. Since these come in all sizes, we’re confident that cats will love them as well.
Bubbles that smell like bacon!
Kids adore bubbles, and it turns out that dogs agree. In fact, most dogs go crazy for them! Unfortunately, bubble solution isn’t good for dogs because it can irritate eyes and upset stomachs. That’s why Bubbletastic has started making non-toxic, tear-free bubbles for dogs with an added bonus of a bacon scent. Whether you blow them for Fido yourself or opt for the additional bubble gun or bubble machine, your pup might go bananas for these bacon-y mini air balloons.
An art kit for canines.
Claiming to turn your pooch into the next “Mutt-isse” or “Dali-mation,” one pet company has designed a PUP-Casso art kit that includes non-toxic paint, canvas paper, mess-free paint shields, a frame, and one surprise toy. Owners squirt the paint colors of their choice onto the paper, then cover it with the shield and let Fido walk, sniff, and roll away. The resulting series of prints and blobs may not look like a Picasso, but if you have fun in the process, it could be close enough. Cat owners who love art need not despair—there’s a KITTY-Casso, too.
Can your pet play Vegas craps?
Dogs get a whiff of Vegas fun with the puzzling DogCasino toy that rewards crafty canines with treats. Designed by dog lover Nina Ottoson, the DogCasino drives dogs wild with puzzles that can increase in difficulty. Pets hunt for treats by pulling out side drawers, and owners can boost the challenge by locking drawers with bone-shaped pegs that dogs must remove before drawers will open. The toy gives owners plenty of chances to encourage play as well as reinforce training commands, and pets can enjoy increasing challenges with the addition of new pegs.