Lola is a very energetic 7 year old rescue Bully. We adopted her at age 4 and after several years of hard work, she has blossomed into a lovely little girl, albeit a bit high-maintenance. She has the energy level of a two year old Jack Russell and we are constantly seeking out new ways to keep her active as well as keeping her cognitively challenged as she gets older.
One of the things we have been doing is allowing her to "find" toys that we have hidden. She has a keenly developed sense of smell so when we hide a favorite toy of hers outside, she is somewhat at the whims of the wind.
The way it works is we'll take her Katy's Bumper and go outside to find an obscure place for it. Generally it isn't visible until you're right on top of it. And fascinatingly so, Lola's sense of smell seems to override her vision - she'll be so focused on the scent trail she's picked up on, she'll stroll right by it. Eventually though, she'll turn her attention back to it.
Surprisingly, doing this exercise a couple times in a row really tires her out compared to playing "tug." And it keeps her mind active as she remembers the old spots and checks them out first, then starts zeroing in on a scent plum.
Of course we also make sure that we follow along to make sure that there aren't poisonous snakes, Cane toads or anything that she would be interested in ingesting.
Keep your four-legged companions safe and Keep Wagging everyone!
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