If you’re looking for a way to distract your dog while you’re on Zoom calls, or if you have a friend who adopted a very active pandemic puppy, this “hide and squeak” puzzle toy is an affordable (and kind of adorable) solution. Just tuck the squeaky squirrels into the stuffed tree trunk and sit back and watch as your dog hunts them out.
The game engages dogs’ natural hunting instincts and provides mental stimulation. Our newsletter editor, Mia Leimkuhler, has a six-ish-year-old rescue schnauzer named Reggie and says it keeps him occupied for hours; writer Chloe Anello’s seven-year-old schnauzer-Yorkie mix, Rudy, “loves it” too. Leimkuhler has gifted it to several of her dog-owning friends and promises that “it’s a hit every time.” It’s on sale at Amazon, but just for today, so act fast if you want to check off a few pet parents on your holiday-gifts list.
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