When Toki is particularly hyper, restless, or just plain bored, I like to bring out her dog puzzle toys, by Nina Ottoson. Toki loves the challenge, and seems more relaxed and happy after completing her “job”, which is to find all of the delicious treats hidden in the puzzle.
Here, Toki plays with her DogBrick.
I use the opportunity to work on “sit” and “stay”.
She has to move the bricks around to find her treats. Usually I just use her kibble.
You can see the wheels turning in her brain, as she figures out the concept of pushing the bricks with her nose.
Nina makes a variety of puzzles. I wish I could collect them all! Her puzzles are also good for cats, and even other animals like horses!