Toys to Keep Your Pet Busy While You’re Working From Home

You’re working from home and have an important conference call in a few minutes. What can you do to keep your dog from barking when the mailman comes in the middle of the video conference or your cat from walking across your laptop during the live webinar? Treat toys to the rescue!

About an hour before the event, take your dog for a walk, play with him, or do some training-incorporating games such as puppy pushups or hide and seek to have some fun, clear your mind, and get your pup’s energy out.

Then when you come back inside, it’s quiet time. If you have a crate in your office, put your dog in there or have him lie down on a dog bed.

To keep his mind-and mouth-occupied, here are some treat toys I recommend.


My go to is the Kong. They have pink and blue ones for puppies, red for most dogs, and black for extreme chewers.

You can put some kibble or treats inside along with a little wet dog food if you like. Then close the hole with a little peanut butter, Cheese Wiz, or plain yogurt.

To make it even more challenging, freeze it. It’s a “pupsicle” and my dogs love it, especially in summer. You could have 2 filled Kongs and rotate them so one will always be ready to go.

Kong Genius

Kong has several types of treat toys other than the traditional red or black conical shaped one. Another type is the Kong Genius. They come in various shapes and sizes and one type looks a little like a pot bellied stove. You can put any shaped treat in the “X” and use the toy on its own or connect several together to make it more challenging to get the treats.

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