Doggie Mind Games

We are estimated to spend $58.5 billion on our pets in 2014, which is the highest estimated spending reported to date, according the American Pet Products Association.  Not hard to believe, though as we look over at the gourmet organic meal served in a BPA-free bowl, and the bin of toys stashed away in the corner.  Its no doubt that our pets are considered part of the family, but now more and more, we’re aware of not only our pets’ physical health, but their mental health as well….just like we would be aware of any member of our family.  67 percent of dog owners purchase toys for their pets, which is the highest reported level of toy purchases in two decades, up significantly from the previous year.  However those toys are not just plush and fetch toys anymore, they are treat-dispensing toys and puzzles, designed to make our pets work for the end prize, in fact a quarter of pet owners buy these types of toys for their pets.  We want our pets to be engaged, entertained, healthy and young and they rely on us to keep them that way. This growing trend doesn’t’ just involve making our pets work for a treat or prize, we are now also seeing the benefits in making them work for their entire meals.  There are 1.6 million dogs using a portion/intake control bowl or feeder to help slow ingestion.  These types of toys and feeders have all the same benefits in mind:

Here are some available puzzles and treat toys from American Pet Products Association members designed with pets’ health in mind:

 


Doggie Mind Games

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