How To Keep Your Dog Busy While You’re At Work

(mellow music) – Do you ever run into this problem? You get up, you pour your coffee, you put on your shoes,
you get ready for work. It’s gonna be a great day. You kiss the pups, you
start to head out the door, and then you stop, because you know that they’re gonna whine all day, that they’re gonna bark all day, that they’re gonna get into things. You come home and this
is the conversation. (hip-hop music) Was it you, Zoe? Zoe, why won’t you look at me? Was it you? Were you in on this too, Snoop? Cliff, was it you? Cliff? If you’re anything like my household of pets, this happens to
you, so I thought I’d compile 14 ways to keep your dog
busy while you’re at work. If you watch my vlogs on a regular basis, you know that I love pets
and I also love life hacks, and efficiency and effectiveness
and just solving problems so I thought I’d put this together, and also I have a little bonus at the end. Let’s get started on this
special addition vlog. (upbeat music) Okay, first, don’t worry
about taking notes on this. I wrote a blog so you can
go get all the details. I put it all down below, I
even put links to the products if you wanna go check ’em out. Now, with some of these tips,
it’s gonna take a little time and preparation, but to
start I’m gonna give you a couple that are very simple. You can do in no time at all. First, turning on the television. It’s really simple to just turn on the TV, obviously Animal Planet’s a great network, or any sort of animal show, because if they hear barking or howling, it’s just gonna keep them more engaged. But it’s just a ambient noise. It’s kinda like if you
leave the fan on at night, and it helps you fall asleep. It’s very similar to dogs, it’ll distract them from noises that might be happening outside. Tip number three: fill a toy with peanut butter and freeze it, or throw some treats in there. It’ll keep your dog
busy for quite a while. Alright, now here’s a good
one that I came up with to work with the dogs
instead of against the dogs. I know that as soon as I shut that door, one of my dogs is going
on a scavenger hunt. I mean, she is checking every corner, every nook and cranny of the house to find anything she can get into. So what do I do? I take some pieces of kibble
or some little broken treats and I put them in areas that are safe, that she can’t harm anything, so that she’s going to those
areas to find those treats. It keeps her occupied, she
continues to check the house, and it redirects her to safe areas where she can’t get into trouble. Just be cautious with that one, you know, if your dog chews your shoes, obviously don’t put
kibble in your high heels, if you wear high heels. Now, number five isn’t for
everyone, but you know your dog, and if your dog has some anxiety, a calming treat a day
isn’t gonna be a bad thing. I like ’em in soft chews, because then the treat is the actual calming chew. They’re perfectly safe. Obviously, if you have any
concerns, check with your vet. But check out the link below
for the ones that I use for one of my dogs that
sometimes has some anxiety. Puzzles: who doesn’t love a puzzle? If you wanna take that scavenger
hunt to the next level, put treats or kibble inside puzzles. Some of my favorites are
the Nina Ottosson toys, she’s got entry level all the way up to very complex, depending
on how intelligent or crafty your dog is getting those. I would recommend it, it can
keep them busy for hours. Okay now, this next one
is hands down my favorite, and I’ll tell you why, but first I’m gonna tell you what it is. Freeze your dog’s treat. It takes them a little bit longer, in the summertime it’s really great ’cause it helps keep them cool, but the reason it’s my favorite, is it takes work on your part. You’ve got to eat the ice cream, that is, if you use an
ice cream container. I do, for obvious reasons. I think you know why
this one’s my favorite. I would specifically recommend
Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked. It just seems to work better. And if you need any
help with that project, let me know, I’ll come right over. Okay, back to the dogs. I’m gonna give you the next
three all in one bunch, ’cause I see people getting
overwhelmed with this. Hire a dog walker, take
your dog to daycare, or schedule a play date. And we like routine, and
we’re creatures of habit, so what do we start doing right away, we start saying, I need
a dog walker every day, or I need to take my dog
to daycare every day, or I need to schedule
a playdate every day. But you don’t have to do it every day, and you can mix those up. For example, I’ve got a boxer
that’s really high-energy, and I walk him and I run
him as much as I can, but he will always outpace me. So, he goes to daycare on
Tuesdays and Thursdays. Gives him a chance to socialize,
play with other big dogs, and he comes home completely worn out. It’s amazing. Number 12 focuses on the
right chews to give your dog. If you’re gonna give your dog
a chew on a regular basis, make sure you use some dental chews. It’ll keep ’em busy, and
helps promote clean teeth. Does your dog have a favorite toy? I know mine do, but sometimes
it’s really important to introduce a new toy,
that they have curiosity just like us, and while they
often have their favorite, it’s really important for
them to try something new. It’ll keep ’em busy, even if
you rotate in one a month, it’ll make a big difference. Number 14, the last one. It’s a simple one, and it
keeps ’em slightly busy, but I like to add this one in because it definitely causes
my dogs to get up more often and be more active and drink more water. Using a water fountain. There’s something about that sound that reminds dogs to go drink. I’ve noticed with my dogs, they
definitely drink more water with a water fountain, so check that out. I would highly recommend it. It’ll get ’em up a little bit more often, but it’ll make sure that
they’re drinking enough water. Okay, I hope some of
those 14 tips are helpful, and I also wanna know what you’re doing with
your dog that works, and make sure you leave
a comment down below, because everyone loves
learning about these things, and I’m sure you have some great ideas that we’d all like to hear. Don’t forget to subscribe and like this if you like videos like
this, and now my bonus tip. This is hands down the one that I do when I have time to prepare, or I really need to keep a dog busy. I deploy the bonus basket. It’s like a seven-layer
dip for dogs, right. You can have toys in
there, you can have treats, you can pack clothes, you can do whatever to pack things in there, so that your dog has to treasure hunt to
find those certain things. You could take a handful
of those 14 items, put ’em all in this treasure hunt, and let your dog spend
the day just discovering. Okay, I hope you enjoyed those tips, I will see you tomorrow,
’cause I gotta get to work. (hip-hop music)

55 thoughts on “How To Keep Your Dog Busy While You’re At Work

  1. About your camera issue have you tried going to Sammys camera? There's one here 431 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

  2. That was pretty cool! Thanks for the advice. I play outside on our back yard with Maggie. She loves to run and play catch. We also play indoors throwing the chew toy and she loves to chase! The little dogs don't like to play, they like to lay down and take in the sun.

  3. Tux, Tizzi, Qwizl, and Toppl are on the top of my dog's list. The bonus is that they are made in the USA. A fulfilled dog, is a happy dog. Make your dogs life more interesting and stimulating.

  4. I love rotating toys. Pro Tip: I store their toys in their kibble, so when i reintroduce it he's more interested!

  5. Enjoyed your video and the tips. I like filling the kong toy with peanut butter and pieces of biscuits and freezing it.

  6. I just have a husky and I want to potty train him @home but I dont know how to + we dont have a garden near by or something and I live in a big building so please help me with that I BEG YOUUUU

  7. for boxers do you have anything else because my dog gets anxiety every time she goes to daycare and she doesn't cooperate and none of these other things work

  8. I have a puppy, a border collies puppy he is very very very naughty and always needs to be entertained or I hear cats hissing, they house falling apart or constant. Squeezing from his toy.

  9. I have to work shift work and my girlfriend works 7:30 to 6:00pm. We just adopted a 1 year old boxer. She starts crying when we leave. I can see the tears when I get home. I leave the TV on. I got her bones and toys but she just seems so sad. I dont crate her because she is very responsible. Can someone give me some ideas to keep her occupied and happy? I tried alot in the video.

  10. Dont give you dog peanut butter! unless you know exactly whats in it, ingredients that are very common in peanut butter can KILL your dog!

  11. Excellent ideas Rocky. I’ll try the frozen pop treat on Abbey and Max. Anything to keep those young wacky minds from getting into real trouble.

  12. My dog doesn't really need something to keep her busy, she just sleeps on the couch all day when we're gone??

  13. love all 3 of your dogs. i have a 6 pound chihuahua – i put one or two treats in a paper lunch sack, then she has a great time biting through the paper to get to the treats. i do that about two times a week, so it's not so wasteful.

  14. When I’m away my dog just sleeps he’s not active during that time. So what do I do to keep him active while I’m away?

  15. DOES NO ONE NOTICE THE FACT HE DRINKS COFFEE FROM A MEASURING CUP?! Btw Rocky, you are an amazing human being and what you do for these animals is terrific!

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