Providing enrichment activities for your pug is super important to keeping their mind happy, active and healthy. Enrichment activities are often more rewarding and tiring for your pug then taking them for a walk making them the perfect activity to include in your pug’s life. Whilst you should be walking your pug every day, sometimes time constraints and poor weather will prevent you from doing it. So having other activities on hand will keep your pug happy and healthy. Try these 5 enrichment activities to keep your pug’s mind healthy.
Snuffle Mats are a great way to get your pug to really use their nose and sniff out some delicious treats or their kibble meals. Snuffle Mats are basically just loads of soft fabric coming out of a mat to create a lot of little hidey holes to scatter small dry treats or kibble throughout for your pug to search for. Your pug will get a good workout trying to find all the food in their Snuffle Mat. You can use it to give them their brekkie or dinner if you feed dry food which will not only make them slow down eating but will make them tired doing it too. Little dehydrated treats are perfect too when you need to provide an indoor activity on a scorching hot, freezing cold or rainy day.
Perfect for: Indoors & Outdoors
Ideal Food: Dry foods such as kibble and dehydrated treats
The Classic Kong can be a great way to make your pug work for their meals when you are feeding wet food. Stuffing their meals inside the Kong and freezing it will not only make it last long but provide a refreshing meal on a hot summers day. The Classic Kong can also be great for just a little afternoon snack and mind workout by smearing some peanut butter on the inside.
The Classic Kong is one those enrichment activities that should always be supervised to ensure your pug remains safe.
Perfect for: Outdoors or easy to clean indoor areas
Ideal Food: Fresh minced meat, cooked minced meat, yoghurt, peanut butter, pulped veggies. Can be given fresh or frozen
Treat Dispensing Toys
Treat dispensing toys will not only keep your pug’s mind active, it will get them moving too. An activity that is great for inside or outside, simply fill your chosen treat dispensing toy and let your pug work for them. There are so many different types of treat dispensing toys on the market these days from balls to noise making balls and our favourite, the Kong Wobbler.
Perfect for: Indoor & Outdoors
Ideal Food: Dry foods such as kibble and dehydrated treats. Fresh fruit or vegetables such as carrot & apple
One of the more recent enrichment activities is the Licki Mat. It is a small silicone mat with multiple wells for smearing soft wet foods in for your pug to lick clean. These can come in a range of well shapes from squares to circles and a whole lot more. You can also use silicone pot holders that have wells as a cheaper version if money is tight.
Perfect for: Outdoors or easy to clean indoor areas.
Ideal Foods: Soft, wet foods such as peanut butter, yoghurt, kefir, mushie banana and any sort of puréed food. Leave fresh or freeze for longer activity time
Puzzle toys are becoming more popular making them easier to find and cheaper. A puzzle toy will really get your pug’s mind working as they have to work out how to move the parts of the toy to find the hidden treats. Puzzle toys can be more challenging for some dogs but once they work it out, it is a great activity. For those that are looking for a DIY option, you can use a muffin tray and cover the wholes with tennis balls to create your own puzzle toy. This is a perfect option for kibble feeders to feed their pugs brekkie or dinner in.
Perfect for: Indoor & Outdoors
Ideal Foods: Anything dry such as kibble and dehydrated treats. Fresh fruit & vegetables can work well too such as carrot, apple, pear and blueberries
Keeping your pug’s mind active and healthy has never been so easy with these activities. Which of these 5 enrichment activities to keep your pug’s mind healthy do you do already or will start doing? Leave a comment below if you provide enrichment activities for your pug.