Message Us

How Puzzle Toys Can Change Your Dog's Life!

Interactive dog toys, also known as puzzle toys, can be lifesavers in many situations.

  Puzzle Toys to Keep Your Canine Friend Mentally StimulatedHave a dog with separation anxiety? Get a puzzle toy. How about a dog chewing up everything in your house? Get a puzzle toy. What about a dog who barks non-stop? You guessed it, a puzzle toy can help. For those who aren't sure what I mean by a puzzle or interactive dog toy, these toys are ones you can fill with treats or dog food and your dog has to problem solve to get the treats out of the toy. Kong toys are the most common and well-known example.

These brain game toys provide the dog with needed mental stimulation, which is just as important as physical stimulation, like walks.

  Most people have heard that if your dog isn't being walked enough, certain behavioral problems can arise, which is true. However there are dogs that will get bored of those walks or need something to keep them from getting bored around the house. The saying, "An idle mind is the Devil's workshop", comes to mind when I think about bored dogs sitting at home alone. If you do not give your dog something to keep their mind busy, they will do it themselves. While our dogs are not seeking "revenge" when we leave them alone like some may think, their normal canine behavior can be quite troublesome for us humans. Puzzle toys are a great answer to these problems and I find myself suggesting them to clients left and right for a variety of problems.

So, how can you use these toys with your dog?

  The first step is learning how to properly fill such a toy and knowing when to use it. Behaviors like chewing, continued barking, and destruction of household items can mean your dog is not mentally stimulated enough or experiencing anxiety. For dogs, the act of chewing can be a stress reliever, so we need to make sure we provide our dog with appropriate toys to chew on. Your puzzle toy can be used in this situation, as well as many other situations. When filling your puzzle toy with treats, you should consider the situation you are using the toy in. If your dog has anxiety in their crate and you want to use the puzzle toy to help them enjoy their crate, you would fill it with the best, high value treats you could find, place it in the crate, and let your dog go in by themselves and enjoy their treats. Once they are done, you let them out and repeat this process a few times until your dog is checking the crate themselves for yummy treats. I prefer to layer my bigger puzzle toys with a variety of treats by putting the best treats at the very end of the toy, so my dog has to work all the way to the end to get their favorites. However, there are situations that you could get away with using your dog kibble or lower value treats, like just general mental stimulation upkeep or when you are surfing the internet and just want some alone time. Using the puzzle toys before the unwanted behavior starts can help prevent many troublesome incidents and misunderstandings between you and your dog. So, get out the puzzle toys and treat your little Einstein to mental challenge! Puzzle Toys and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers
lauren parksLauren Parks, CPDT-KA Lauren Parks is originally from Nashville, TN and currently lives in Jackson, MS with her Novice Trick Dog Australian Kelpie, Beretta and her retired agility Corgi mix, Booski. Lauren Parks is Mississippi's only Certified Professional Dog Trainer "“ Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and trains using positive, humane methods. Lauren has been interested in dog training since childhood and has been training dogs for twelve years. She is the owner of Faithfully Yours Dog Training, a dog training business that serves the Jackson Metro area.


Signup/Login to post a reply


Reviews From 4Knines Customers VIEW MORE »

The best evaluations of our products come from the people who’ve bought them.

Puppy misadventure

My 8 month old lab puppy ate something and it required a trip to the vet. They administered peroxide to induce vomiting. He seemed unaffected by the entire experience and after waiting 45 minutes with no results, we were sent home. Naturally, he threw up in the car on the way home. I had recently bought the split rear seat cover. It saved the back seat of my car and cleaned up beautifully. I can only imagine how the cloth seat would have absorbed the odor and stain without the protection of the seat cover. Buying your seat cover was the smartest decision I've made. Love the hammock option.

Christine Cooley

XL rear seat hammock cover

I own a 2015 Toyota Tundra CrewMax. I was concerned that the XL seat cover wouldn't be big enough for our pups. However, after installing it easily, our pups took to it immediately! Ellie loved the hammock part that comes off the seat a little and slept in it on one of our most recent road trips.

JP Nelson

Perfect Fit!

We had fallen back to just putting a sheet over our seats as our Bernese Mountain Dog and our cars never found a perfect match with any of the seat covers we tried until this front seat cover. We immediately put in an order for the backseat cover from 4Knines to give our BMD more room.

Erin Allen

Service dog approved

It works awsom n my dog Mr Malachi S.D loves it n 4 me bn disabled it's so easier to keep my seat clean know thank u awsome product..

Dave Clark

Perfect seat cover- just what I was looking for

I ordered the Split Rear Back Seat Cover - Grey Regular Fitted - Non Hammock option for my 1999 Ford F-150 pickup truck. It fits perfectly in the front seat. Easy to take off and on and looks beautiful.

Miriam Hudgins

Great product awesome customer service

Well made look forward to many years of use. Door protectors do there job. Thanks

Danny Medinas

Geeat fit, great product, great service

Got these much faster than other products I have ordered online. The fit is wonderful, even in my little Corolla, and the installation was really easy. Hair does NOT stick to these covers.I love them!


Customer Service

I ordered a dog cover for my rear seat. When I placed it, one of the straps was not holding tight so I sent an email to the company that day. I received an immediate response and an immediate replacement. I was so impressed! I love the no hammock cover. It's perfect!

Sylvia Morrison

For all general inquiries, please call or email us
Phone: 888.602.2509

Sign Up to Our Newsletter

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Nothing but the best for your best friend!
© 4Knines. 2017. All rights reserved | Terms | Privacy

Message Us