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By Michael Litzky

Whether you have a new furry family member in your household or dealing with a high-energy dog while trying to work from home, there are plenty of toys out there to try and calm them down. We get it – trying to sit on a work conference call when your pup is nipping at your ankles is not ideal for anyone. But when you’re browsing the endless options online, it’s overwhelming. We’re here to help!

As Barking Hound Village’s Director of Training, I’ve come across thousands of products over the years, but here are a few that can help you now!

KONG Classic

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The KONG Classic red rubber toy helps satisfy dogs’ instinctual needs and provides mental stimulation. Healthy play is important for dogs’ physical and mental development, emotions, and behavior. By encouraging healthy play and satisfying instinctual needs, this toy helps solve chewing, separation anxiety, teething, boredom, weight management, crate training, digging, barking, and more!

KONG Wobbler

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Another option from KONG is the Wobbler. It dispenses food and treats for hours of fun, prevents rapid eating and provides entertaining wobble action that all dogs enjoy. With a twist-off dispenser, it’s very easy to fill.

Bob-A-Lot Interactive

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Another option is the Bob-A-Lot Interactive Pet Toy, as it exercises and feeds your dog at the same time. The large bottom chamber fits up to three cups of food – enough for a full meal. Adjustable openings at the top and bottom accommodate most types of dog food and allow you to regulate the difficulty level. The weighted anti-slip bottom makes the toy wobble erratically enticing your dog to play.

Bully Sticks

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Made All Natural USDA Certified in three simple steps: fresh from the farm grass-fed beef, delivered to a food-grade facility, cleaned with pure water (only), slow oven-baked to preserve nutrients and packaged in the same location. That’s it! Simple transparency and quality that others can’t claim.

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