5 Toys For Mental Stimulation For Dogs

Is your pooch getting a bit restless due to fewer car rides and outings to the park? Did you know that 15 minutes of mental stimulation is equal to 30 minutes of physical exercise? Here are 5 great toys that help to entertain and provide mental stimulation for dogs to help ease their restlessness!


The Tail Teaser encourages mental stimulation for dogs by drawing out their natural hunting instincts. If you have ever seen cats jump, pounce, and play with a wand toy this toy brings out those same play movements for dogs. We LOVE wand toys for dogs for multiple reasons, but being able to avoid touching slobbery toys might be the biggest perk. Dogs will go crazy chasing after the fuzzy squeaker toy at the end of the wand. Mix up slow and fast movements to keep your pooch guessing! This wand comes with a durable nylon cord so that it will last. It also includes a replaceable plush toy that you can attach to the end of the wand in case your pooch finally kills the first one (when you aren’t looking of course).


The Hide-A-Squirrel is great at providing mental stimulation for dogs

The Hide-A-Squirrel puzzle plush toy makes dogs go nutty! Create a game of hide and seek for your dog by stuffing the durable plush tree trunk with the included squeaking squirrels! Dogs love the challenge of hunting out each squirrel toy one by one. This toy comes in a variety of sizes so you can pick the one that is best for your dog. You can also buy a refill pack of additional squirrels to keep the toy fresh and fun for your pooch!


The Dogwood is great at providing mental stimulation for dogs

Chewing is a natural instinct for dogs that helps to relieve stress and reduce boredom. However, you don’t want dogs chewing on sticks, furniture, or your floorboards! The Dogwood is an appropriate item to give your dog to safely satisfy those chewing urges. The dogwood combines natural wood with synthetic strength to create a long-lasting chew toy that your dog will love. This toy will not only keep your dog busy and occupied but also helps to remove tartar from their teeth as they chew!


The Snoop is great at providing mental stimulation for dogs

The Snoop is one of our favorite toys for mentally stimulating your pup! Its unique design allows you to pop it open, fill it with treats, fold the opening back shut, and just like that- you have created the ultimate challenge for your pooch! Watch your dog wobble, bounce, and toss the toy to try to get the treats out. Dogs also seem to love the super durable and squishy material that is like chewing gum for them.


Fun Feeder Slow Bowls are great for providing mental stimulation for dogs

Make dinner time more fun and challenging with one of these Fun Feeder Slo-Bowls! Veterinary recommended for reducing bloat, these bowls hold a meal’s worth of kibble but scatters the pieces amongst the highs and lows of the bowls interior pattern to slow your dogs eating up to 10X! While you are stimulating your dog’s brain you can enjoy a few extra minutes to cook dinner without puppy eyes begging for some. The fun feeder comes in 3 different sizes and a variety of slow feed designs for you to choose from.


We think these toys are great t to help create mental stimulation for your dog during a time where we are home more than usual. They should also help to ease separation anxiety once we get back to each of our normals. Keep visiting for other tips and tricks as well as great products to keep you and your pooch busy during this time!

Written by: Stacey Tucker