I'm constantly looking for ways to use up Ziggy's energy and keep him entertained and out of trouble.
One thing I've used to keep him busy is a toy known as a Kong Wobbler. It holds dry food or treats, and when the dog knocks it over, the treats fall out a little hole in the side. Anyone remember the Playskool Weebles? Weebles wobble but they don't fall down. The Kong Wobbler is like a Weeble for dogs. It is challenging for them, but the dogs are rewarded with food often enough to keep their interest.
Ziggy and the Buster Cube
Since Ziggy is an exceptionally smart dog, he soon became an expert at eating all of his meals out of the Wobbler, and would finish eating and be ready to cause trouble find other ways to entertain himself before I knew it. So last weekend I purchased a Buster Cube for Ziggy. It is similar to the Wobbler, but it is more challenging. If your dog is lazy or easily frustrated then it might not be a good choice, but for Ziggy it is perfect. He now spends up to 20 minutes earning his meals by chasing the Buster Cube around the living room, rolling it over until the food falls out. Both the Kong Wobbler and the Buster Cube have been great investments. The toys are easy to use, meal times last longer, and the dogs are happier.