Getting a puppy is a lot like having a baby. They sound great in theory but you’re never prepared for all the work you’ll be putting into them. Yes, they’re cute, cuddly and you just want to love on them all day; but then they cry, whine, vomit and use the bathroom constantly. None of this stops us from loving them, but sometimes we just need help or something to make it easier.
These are interactive products designed to keep pets mentally stimulated and engage them in active play and lifestyle. They’re also said to prevent destructive behavior.
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All 3 of these products are very well made. They’re obviously made to withstand the destructive nature of puppies and are ready for years of wear and tear. If I were to pick a favorite of the 3 it would be the Treat Dispensing Pickle Pocket.
The Treat Dispensing Pickle Pocket is designed to be stuffed with treats. It has 3 slits around it to hold the treats. It’s definitely a great way to keep dogs occupied. Charlie will spend 15 to 30 minutes with the pickle trying to get the treats out. That may not seem like a long time to non-puppy owners. But, for anyone who has or remembers having a puppy, 30 minutes of downtime for a puppy that rips through the home like a tornado is forever! The Pickle is made or a rubber like (but stronger) material that bounces and floats. If I need some peace and quiet from Charlie I just stuff the pickle, toss it and enjoy.
The Treat Dispensing Chew Ball is designed to be a treat dispensing chew toy. It is made of a durable material (I’m not sure if it’s rubber) that bounces and rolls with ease. The ball has 2 holes for the treats to come out of. I advise using larger treats as smaller ones tend to come out too easily. Charlie hasn’t really taken to this ball yet. He will chase it if you roll or throw it, but he grows bored with it quickly. I don’t think the boredom with the ball is typical, as there is this testimonial on StarMarkAcademy.com:
I want to tell you how fabulous your Everlasting Fun Ball is. I have one soft-mouthed cocker who loves his soft and chewy toys, and one iron-jawed cocker that has chewed his way through every single toy I’ve ever purchased. They are both OBSESSED. They chew, they squabble and play with the ball, and not a single piece of it has been worked off and consumed. My hard to please soft-mouthed boy actually took the Fun Ball to his crate last night, and he hasn’t been seen without it yet this morning.
Charlie is a very destructive puppy. He likes wires, laces, blankets and stuffed animals. Balls, not so much.
The Bob-A-Lot is a neat concept. The bottom section holds up to 3 cups of food and has an adjustable “door” that dispenses it. It’s weighted so it doesn’t fall over – it bobs. Charlie likes to try to knock it over and watch it pop back up. While this doesn’t keep him as occupied as the Pickle, it does hold his attention for a while. I’m also considering feeding him using this instead of his regular food bowl. Maybe once a day for some extra exercise.
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All of these items, and lots more are available from StarMarkacademy.com. Having a new puppy can be a great or traumatic experience; either way these products are a great way to train, entertain and keep them healthy and happy.