When pets get bored they tend to get into trouble, but interactive toys can keep them occupied.
Even the best dog owner can't spend every spare minute playing fetch with an active, energetic pet. You need to find appropriate activity, otherwise they get frustrated and bored and get into everything.
Burning energy with a good romp, some fetching and some controlled walking a couple of times a day makes such a dog much calmer and easier to be around when indoors, but if you can keep their brain working longer than their body, that's even better.
A puzzle toy works great. Food motivated, smart dogs can spend lots of time with one. You load it, show there is food inside and leave them to figure out how to get the kibble out. Toys like the Kong Wobbler, Treat Tower and Tug-A-Jug dispense the kibble as the dog picks it up and plays with it. The Bento Ball and Everlasting Treat Toy are easier, but still require a dog to work to get the treat.
You can try out interactive toys at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Nebraska Humane Society's retail store. It will also have some Kong recipes and tips for keeping your dog busy and happy.
The Nebraska Humane Society at 8929 Fort Street in Omaha is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can always look up animals and find information at nehumanesociety.org.