Lots of PON owners hate to leave
their PONS alone while out working, and opt to take them to
doggy daycare facilities. This can become a problem because
it means the PON can never be left alone for long
periods of time.
There is a middle ground to preventing PON boredom which
include the following suggestions:
Offer a wide range of surfaces to chew, like hard
Nylabones, soft Gumabones, Booda Bones (edible bones made of
compressed cornstarch), etc. Leaving several different
choices is wise. Never leave rawhide or rope bones in the
crate unsupervised or anything else that can be chewed up or
torn apart. Toys stuffed with treats, like Kong or Tuffy
toys (made by the Kong Company - choose an appropriate size)
or a sturdy sterilized bone. You can stuff these items with
something yummy such as peanut butter, "squeezy cheese", dog
food, soft moist treats, goldfish crackers, bread, etc.
The most important considerations are:
1. The PON loves the treat he is given.
2. It is a treat the PON only gets when he is
3. Test a treat to make sure it does not cause
diarrhea or vomiting.
Other options are toys, which look like a plastic dice,
and are available at your local pet store. Many are
available online at Amazon.com. You fill them with dried dog
food and teach your PON to tumble the cube around to get the
food out. Since the treat is not messy, these can also be
used when your PON is mature enough to be left alone
uncrated. Remember, this food is part of your PON's daily
diet, so feed less at mealtime. Alternatively, you can feed
the entire meal from the cube.
Your PON will be less stressed if you also confine
him for short times while you are home. This way,
confinement doesn't mean being left alone. Please keep us
updated and good luck ! Type in dog toys or dog puzzles on
your search engine or on amazon.com.