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by Jenny Ostoj January 18, 2021
Games and toys that provide opportunities for thinking and problem solving are called cognitive enrichment. Dogs are meant to live active lives, and both mental stimulation and physical exercise contribute to the overall well-being of your pet.
Enrichment boxes are simple to make and can easily be made using a few treats and things you have lying around the house! Here is how you do it:
Step 1: After you’ve opened your Wag Theory box and unwrapped your goodies, you’ll want to make sure you remove any plastic, such as the bag that the dog treat came in and the sticker on the kraft paper packaging.
Step 2: Gather the items you want to include in the box along with the crumpled kraft paper. Here are some ideas:
Step 3: Now it’s time to assemble the box contents. You can make the activity as easy or as hard as you’d like for your pup. The goal is to make it stimulating enough to keep him engaged (but not so hard that he just gives up).
Toss the items you’ve gather above into the box along with the crumpled up kraft paper. For added difficulty, you can put treats inside of the crumpled up paper, or for a simpler option, you can just leave the treats loose in the box.
Step 4: If your pup is just starting out with enrichment activities, leave the box open and let them go to town! If your dog is an enrichment pro, tape the box lightly shut for an added level of difficulty, and poke a few holes in the outside of the box so that they’ll be able to smell the treats inside.
Note: Please be sure to supervise your pup during this activity (especially if it is new to him!) to make sure he does not ingest any of the paper while going for the treats!
I chose a paper padded mailer that is 100% paper so yes, it can be used as well, though it does have little shreds of paper within the layers so keep an eye on your pup with this one or it may make a mess :-)
I hope your pup has fun with this activity! Last fall I wrote a blog post about other enrichment toys and games, so if you are looking for more fun entertainment to keep your pup’s mind stimulated, head over to this blog post for more info:
And if you've got a favorite toy or activity that your pup loves, I'd love to hear about it! Just drop a note in the comments!
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by Jenny Ostoj April 13, 2021
One of the biggest pain points I have as a dog mom is feeling like there is dog stuff EVERYWHERE in our house. In order to combat this issue, I came up with some ways to categorize and organizing our dog clothes, toys, supplies, and gear.
My two biggest goals when organizing are:
None of my organization tips below require you to have a Pinterest-worthy space or matching bins. You can certainly make it that way if you choose, but you'll see that I've personally chosen function over fashion when it comes to my organizational strategy ;-)
Without further ado, here are my top four tips for keeping your dog stuff organized!
by Jenny Ostoj March 15, 2021
Dogs are constantly grooming themselves, which means that any surface they are in contact with is likely being ingested. I decided to start with finding non-toxic dog-friendly DIY cleaner recipes for their dog bowls plus our floors, surfaces, windows, and toilet bowls. There are tons of recipes available online, but I chose formulas that had minimal ingredients that I had already at home, and have opted not to use essential oils for scent though some recipes include this as an option. (I just know dog noses are super sensitive and that essential oils are extremely concentrated, so I've opted to personally avoid it since the natural vinegar smell dissipates quite quickly).
Below is a list of recipes we decided to try out!
by Jenny Ostoj March 03, 2021