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Monday, July 25, 2016

DIY Puzzle Dog Toy for the Star of your Home

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Pearson is about to start his fifth year of grad school. He works more than 70 hours per week and is accomplishing great things. I recently started a new job as a data quality analyst. I'm doing things not as great as him, but still pretty great. But you know who the real star is in our family? It's Pip.
For anyone who doesn't know, Pip is our 5 year old hound mix. We adopted him from our local dog shelter in August of 2013. He's the perfect little guy. He's so well behaved. And he's even adjusting really well to my new work situation. After my working from home every day and being here all the time for the whole time we've had him, I just started working in an office from 8:00 to 5:00 five days a week. He's stuck in his crate by himself for all that time now, and he seems perfectly fine with it all.
Some more of his wonderful star qualities is that he almost never barks, he doesn't tear things up, we've had very few potty accidents, he's very chill and he mostly keeps to himself unless he wants to give out some love.

The MVP (most valuable pooch) of our home deserves some star treatment and he certainly gets that around here. One way I've given him the star treatment lately is by making this puzzle toy for him to play with while I'm gone during the day. Disclaimer: I feel fine leaving Pip unattended with this toy because he's not very destructive but if your dog tends to chew things up, you will probably want to keep an eye on it in case they break any small pieces off that they can choke on.

What you'll need:

  • A tennis ball (I picked up a 2-pack from the Pet aisle from Kroger)
  • A box cutter or something sharp that will cut into a tennis ball
  • Treats or kibble

Step 1:

VERY CAREFULLY poke the box cutter or knife or whatever you're using into the tennis ball puncturing it. You may need to use some force. And put it down on a surface and hold it around the knife. (In other words, don't hold it in the palm of your hand and cut toward yourself. Keep your hand and fingers as much out of the way as possible).

Step 2:

Once you've punctured the tennis ball, make the cut you want. I created sort of an X. If you want to make it easier for your dog to get the treats out, cut in a semi circle to create a flap (this one might be easier done along the seem of the ball). Or to make it harder, just cut one slit.

Step 3:

Fill the ball with your pup's favorite treat or food. Perhaps the new Purina® Dog Chow® Natural dry dog food.

Step 4:

Give the toy to you the furry star in your home for hours of play!
I was so excited that Pip loved the toy so much. He spent a while working on it before getting bored. That's a big deal for him. He's usually so chill he gives up on those sort of things pretty quickly before going back to them later.
Another way I've given Pip the star treatment is by switching his food to the new Purina® Dog Chow® Natural dry dog food available in the fantastic pet aisle at my local Kroger. Ever since we adopted him, we've been feeding him one of the other varieties of Purina® dry dog food. Also, growing up, we fed our dogs Purina® Dog Chow®. Needless to say, I completely trust and love Purina® and I was pretty excited for this new natural dog food.
I love that this new natural dog food product is just as affordable as the rest of Purina®'s products. Purina® really knows how to help me give Pip the star treatment! I bought a small(ish) bag because I wasn't sure how Pip would like it because he's not usually a fan of change but he ate it right up! I will be going back for more very soon!
Also, I love how Kroger has a big and wonderful pet aisle where I can find everything from dog food to tennis balls and other toys to bags to help pick up after Pip all while getting my groceries.
Your satisfaction is guaranteed with any Purina® Dog Chow®. If you're not satisfied, you can get your money back. Details here. Also, right now Kroger has a digital coupon for $2 off Purina® Dog Chow® Natural dry dog food. Click here for this offer and so many more (including other Purina® offers).

How do you give your pet the star treatment? Read more about the Dog Chow® brand and the Dog Chow® Natural line here.
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