Take care of your dogs mental health with Smart Dog Toys.

Today we are going to talk about Smart Dog Toys.

Smart Dog Toys help to stimulate your dog's mental health and prevent your dog from chewing your shoes or wreaking havoc from boredom also stimulate them both physically & mentally.

What are Smart Dog Toys:

- Dog Puzzle

- Treat toys

- Bubble toys
- Interactive Feeder

Most of these dog boredom fighting smart dog toys are durable

And most importantly are safe.

Dog Puzzle.

Dog puzzle are mostly just dog food tray with flap that force your dog To sniff out his treats or kibble, That good for your dog mental health by stimulating his brain and his sense of smell that will later help you when training your dog.

A good example for this kind of Smart Dog Toys is:

Paw Flapper.

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It’s a compact Smart Dog Toys that is like food feeder with flap, It has 8 slots for treat or kibble to be hidden for your dog to open the flap and Find his treat in 1 or multiple slots so you could make it as easy or As challenging as you like to stimulate your dog senses.

It good for your dog because It force him to use is sense of smell and his brain To search for the treat and is fun to watch him go too.

Treat toys.

Treat toys are another good example of Smart Dog Toys that stimulate your dog senses of smell and brain.

Those toys are chew toys with hole you could fill With treat or kibble and you dog as to find it using his smell With treat or kibble and you dog as to find it using his smell Paws and tongue to pull them out.

A good example for this kind of Smart Dog Toys is:

West Paw Toppl

Smart Dog Toys

It’s the perfect Smart Dog Toys.

That is a combination of a chew toy a puzzle toy and treat dispenser toy and dogs of all seize will enjoy, It’s made out of Zogoflex is an amazingly tough material used to make durable dog toys it buoyant, pliable and designed to be recycled.

It’s BPA-and-phthalate-free, FDA compliant (meaning it’s safe to eat off of) Guaranteed to Last, For more challenge to your dog Interlock two different sizes of the Toppl dog toys (sold separately).

Buy these Smart Dog Toys.

from West Paw Toppl and other Zogoflex toys at: ActiveDogToys.

Bubble toys.

Bubble toys are not that much of a Smart Dog Toys however is it a great toy to keep your dog from boredom and give them lots of physical activity.

A good example for this kind of Smart Dog Toys is:

Bubbletastic Dog Bubble Machine

Smart Dog Toys

It's battery operated and it's automatic so you just set it and let you furry friend enjoy it plus it's bacon scented you dog will love it and maybe your husband too ☺.

​It's safe for dog and kids, However if your dog is a good bubble popper you may want to limit playing time to 20 - 30 min per day even if that safe the soap in the bubble may upset their stomach if they eat too much of it.

Fun feeder​.

​Fun feeder - Sometime called slow feeder is more of a food tray for kibble and treat then a Smart Dog Toys and serve a few good purpose as well.

It force your furry friend to sniff out the treat and excite their senses and slow them down while eating treats or kibbles.

It's meant to be use with small dry treat & ​kibble but if you have some soft kibble you may be able to try it too, Most of them are dishwasher safe and also BPA free.​

A good example for this kind of Smart Dog Toys is:

The Northmate Green Feeder.

Smart Dog Toys

It's great to slow down your dog while eating that will prevent choking or bloating and even vomiting from eating too fast, dogs of all sizes and ages will enjoy it.

It's made of hard plastic (without BPA & phthalates).

Therefore can be used both indoors or outdoor and is also completely safe to be cleaned in the dishwasher and will keep your furry baby entertain for hours.

It's recommended to use hard kibble and treat like the one in our previous post​: Dog food allergy – best hypoallergenic / raw diet.

Find the Best Smart Dog Toys @ ActiveDogToys.

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Homemade Dog Treats Recipe

Hi all, Today I am supplying you with a homemade dog treats recipe that will delight your tail wagging friends.

I hope that you are enjoying this beautiful month of June! I have been really busy this month but I just wanted to drop in to quickly share with you a recipe I just used to make homemade dog treats for an upcoming bake and craft sale.

My neighbors dog quickly gobbled up the first treat, so hopefully we have a winning recipe. My poor Maggie was unable to have a treat because of her allergies but hopefully I can come up with a recipe or two for some homemade dog treats that I can make for her as well.

*For your allergic fur baby check our post: Dog food allergy.

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Recipe for homemade dog treats:

2 Cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup melted bacon fat

1 large egg

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup Swiss cheese (or another cheese that is low in lactose)

1/4 cup raw oats

Combine ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Roll the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Cut and transfer to a cookie sheet. Bake until lightly brown (approximately 20 minutes). Let cool and store in a dry place for up to 4 weeks.

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Homemade Dog Treats




Best Chemical Free Flea and Tick Repellents for Dogs & Cats.

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Fleas and ticks,

Are not the first thing that comes to mind when I think about spring and summer.  I think about the sunshine on my face, bbq and drinks on the patio and days spent at the beach.

However, I also have to think about all of the other elements of fun I take part in with my dog. Mornings or afternoons spent at the dog park, hiking the trails with her and sitting in our yard stargazing.  Unfortunately, it is not all sunshine and roses.  The risk of my dog contacting ticks and fleas during events like this can be a possibility.

As a pet owner, I do not want to be giving chemical filled shampoos, conditioner or repellents to my dog.  That is why when it comes to tick and fleas I prefer using chemical free products.  This includes repellent, spray, shampoo and conditioner and the four products that I use the most are:

EasyDefense Herbal Flea & Tick Squeeze-On.

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Combines the fleas and ticks fighting power of Geraniol, a natural extract of the geranium plant and Peppermint. These active ingredients work to create a topical solution that, when applied, repels fleas and ticks.

Only Natural Pet EasyDefense Herbal Shampoo & Conditioner.

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Contain a balanced blend of fleas and ticks preventing herbs and essential oils, like neem, lemongrass, citronella, and patchouli.  Along with soothing, aromatic ingredients like organic aloe leaf and chamomile.

Pet Naturals Flea + Tick Spray for Dogs.

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Combines natural botanical ingredients that work with one another to provide effective, natural and safe fleas and ticks protection.  Has been proven to provide residual killing and repelling of fleas, ticks and mosquitoes for up to 7 days.

Natural Chemistry FLEA and TICK Repellent Spray.


Offers a pleasant and refreshing smell with clean, non-sticky active ingredients.  The combination of Brazilian oils from certified forests act as a natural shield from unwanted pests.

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Dog food allergy – best hypoallergenic / raw diet.

Dog food allergy is a pain in the tail.

My dog had been constantly scratching at her ears and she had a foul odor coming from them.

I took her to the veterinarian on three different occasions concerned that she was suffering from ear infections.

He would do his check up and see that my dog’s ears were free from infection and I would be sent home with ear drops to put into her ears due to dog food allergies.

After a while my dog started biting at her paws until they were raw and would swell from irritation along the nail beds, between her toes and on her feet.

With another trip to the veterinarian it was revealed that she was suffering from dog food allergies due to what I was feeding her. 

I was given more drops and a special wash for her feet. I was also sent home with a veterinarian prescribed bag of hypoallergenic dog food.

Well that didn't go over to well with my little pooch.  She would not eat the new food. 

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I tried mixing the food with a soft food, i tried softening the kibbles with some water and I even tried adding a bit of homemade chicken broth, but nothing would work.

The veterinarian kept saying that she would not starve herself so I stopped mixing the foods and just left in her bowl. My little one was doing just that, starving herself!

After 2 weeks, I got really concerned and I was very scared for my dog so I went and put her back on her favorite food.

Her chronic skin irritations kept going on and I was frustrated to see my dog still suffering.

I took her to a different veterinarian for a second opinion and I was given another brand of

Hypoallergenic dog food.

Again, she would not accept nor eat it.

I had enough! My dog was suffering; I was spending a lot of money on veterinarian bills, medications and dog food purchases that my dog just wouldn’t eat.

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I kept thinking to myself “maybe this type of dog food was too hard for my aging Maltese’s teeth.”

So, I tried her on a few cans of hypoallergenic wet food,shocked to find out that she did not like that either. There must be something in them she just doesn’t care for.

I decided that my dog was not going to settle and frankly I was tired of spending money on foods only to have her turn her nose up to it.

I researched raw diets and I made a list of different products available hoping that I would find something that my dog would enjoy.

The first brand I got was an immediate winner – It was a brand called TruDog’s Feed Me. The first bag I bought was Crunchy Munchy Beef Bonanza.

It is a freeze-dried dog food that is made with 100% USA farm raised beef.

Organs, muscle meat, bone and blood. The 2nd bag I bought was the same brand, but it was turkey instead, she ate it okay, but 6 months later her preferred flavor is still the beef.

I will never know why the other didn’t make the cut, I really do wish she could talk sometimes but if I had to venture a guess it would go back to the basics she is a dog and they are carnivores.

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In the end, my little Maggie is enjoying nutritious meals that she absolutely enjoys and I am at ease knowing that she is not suffering anymore. She is now back to her healthy old self.

There is no more scratching, no more ear odors or whimpering due to all the scratching she was doing. 

Her swollen toes and paws are all healed up as well. She is active once again and very content. And now I get a little dance when I pull out her bag of dog food.

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