|PONS have the genetic potential to pursue herding
activities, but in most cases, sheep are not available.
Alternative tasks will help prevent boredom which may lead to
destructive behavior and the consequences which result from such
behavior patterns. Your PON will love these home-made tasks
which are inexpensive and offer creative alternatives.
We all know that PONS love food and so why not create
activities around their passion ? Instead of throwing out old
toilet rolls or cereal boxes, save them for your PON ! Insert
food in these old toilet rolls and cereal boxes and fold the
ends shut. Your PON will have great fun figuring out how to get
the food out of them ! He will either end up destroying
the box or tube or making a hole and shaking the food out !
Have you ever met a PON who disliked peanut butter ? Of
course not ! Buy peanut butter in plastic jars and then when you
have consumed this favorite snack food, your PONS will have many
hours of fun, cleaning out the last smears of the jar. Old
plastic soft drink bottles may also be used as a food dispensing
toy by putting kibble inside and leaving the lid off. Your PON
will spend hours shaking and batting the bottle with his mouth
to get out the kibble.
If you have good nerves and don't mind noise, you can fill
those empty plastic soft drink bottle with rice. This type of
activity may require owner supervision to make sure that PONS
don't end up destroying plastic bottles.
PON puppies (and some adult PONS) will love shredding old
catalogues, phone books and even junk mail. You will need
to make it clear that you are the one who decides what is
correct to shred and whatnot to shred. If you catch an
ambitious PON shredding books and other valuable papers, you may
need to clap your hands and direct him to old catalogues you
have given him previously.
Work gloves make awesome toys ! Use the heavy duty ones which
are pretty tough and will last a while. Take two of them, stuff
them and sew them together. You can pick them up at Home Depot,
Home Hardware, etc.
If your PON loves to play with balls, you're probably well
aware of how much the various bowl pet toys costs. The tennis
balls with rope attached to make it easy to throw or play
tug-of-war can easily run $10 or more. However, fortunately is
quite easy to make your own tag and toss ball for your PON.
You will need a tennis ball, as well as a length of rope
between eight and 10 feet in length. Using a drill with a larger
size drill bits you will want to drill a hole in the ball and
then drill the second hole on the opposite side from the first.
Then carefully feed the rope through the two holes and tie a
secure knot as close to the ball as possible. Then, tie a knot
near the ends of the two pieces of rope, to create a loop at the
end of the rope you will hold onto. You are done! If your PON
plays particularly rough, the tennis ball might wear out. Simply
untie the knots, drill new holes into a tennis ball and retie
PON lovers are encouraged to send in their own tips for
alternative tasks when herding activities are not available. My
grandson loves playing hide and seek with my own gang and this
keeps them busy for hours. Individual life styles lend
themselves to new ideas and we welcome your ideas. Have fun with
your PONS and keep them busy !