Choosing “Baby Sitters” for Your Dog

Dog with a toy

Sometimes it’s hard saying goodbye to your dog when you leave for work, run those essential errands, or otherwise have an occasion that keeps you away for part or most of the day. Depending on the breed and age, when some dogs are left alone without enough stimulating play time, they can become anxious, bored and destructive to furniture and other items as a result.

To make the departure that little bit easier and keep your pup entertained while you’re away, invest in some good quality “baby sitters”, a.k.a. treats and toys that will ensure your dog is happy and looks forward to his or her time alone instead of it being a point of worry for you both.

Here are some suggestions to help make those necessary days out easier on both of you. They can also help boost your dog’s confidence and IQ all while having fun and keeping occupied.

Busy Buddy Toys

Durable, fun, and part of behaviour training, the Busy Buddy toy line works by filling the toys with treats, which get dispensed when your dog plays with it and helps to discourage bad behaviours such as digging through trash and chewing on furniture.

The Busy Buddy toy line is great for:

  • Separation anxiety
  • Boredom
  • Exercise
  • Barking
  • Chewing
  • Training rewards

Additionally, the Busy Buddy toy line gives dogs the same satisfaction they would get by catching their own food in the wild. And, because dogs have different preferences in the way they hunt, and how they play with their toys, there’s a Busy Buddy toy for every personality and play style.

Bully Sticks

Dog with a bully stick

Unlike some other dog treats, Bully Sticks don’t contain man made rawhide (which is hard to digest), and don’t splinter, so you won’t have to worry about broken off pieces causing any internal injuries while you are away.

Bully Sticks are made from high-protein beef tendon / muscle. These are a great choice if your pooch has an allergy or any sensitivity, as they are free from artificial chemicals, preservatives, additives and are a single source protein treat. They are also a really great solution for puppies with teething pains.

Antler Dog Chews

Great for your dog’s teeth, Antler Dog Chews allow your dog to grind down the chew slowly, keeping teeth clean and healthy. These are harder than normal chews, making them last longer and less likely to splinter.

Perfect for dogs with sensitive tummies, or pets on weight-controlled diets, Antler Dog Chews are also odourless to humans, and provide weeks of entertainment without stinking up your home or leaving a mess on the floor. They come available in various shapes, sizes, whole or split in half.

Smoked Bones

Smoked Bones are simple, hardwearing chews that have been sold as a natural treat for over 50 years and keep your dog stimulated and out of mischief for long periods of time. Their hickory flavour releases gradually, keeping your pet’s attention focused on gnawing the bone until they feel satisfied and their aroma brings them back again and again.

Additional benefits include helping to prevent the build-up of tartar on teeth and strengthen gums. Just remember to never give your dog boiled or cooked bones. Only smoked or raw are safe for dogs. Overall, a great choice to stop your dog’s instinctive urge to chew something to relieve boredom and stress.

Shop the Dog Market

Whatever your dog’s personality, there is a “baby sitter” out there for them! Stop by our location in The Beaches to check out our wide selection of toys and treats including all of the ones mentioned here. Contact The Dog Market for all of your top-quality dog supplies in Toronto!