Stationary Toys

Sometimes the easiest way to keep a dog in one place is by using a stationary toy.  A food filled Kong clipped to a kennel can encourage a wary dog to enter voluntarily when they are ready, and learn to feel comfortable.  A toy tied down to a tether clip or sturdy piece of furniture can keep a dog working calmly away from the dinner table while you are eating.  Peanut butter smeared on the bathtub or a suction cup toy can turn bath time into a treat rather than a chore.  Plus, toys can be a great way to provide physical and mental exercise, enriching your dog’s life (see the Enrichment page for more on the importance of engaging your dog).

Examples:

  1. Many rubber food fill-able toys have loops or holes making it easy to add a rope or clip for easy attachment to a kennel, eye screw tether anchor (in a baseboard/stud), sturdy piece of furniture, etc..  Here is one example for turning a Kong into a stationary toy:
    (PDF version: Clip On Kong Instructions )
  2. Additionally, there are a number of dog toys now designed with a suction cup so they can be easily stuck onto a smooth floor, wall, or the inside of your bathtub.  Check out videos demonstrating the Sticky Bone and Suction Cup Pupsicle both made by Caitec.
  3. Some DIY puzzle toys can also be easily modified or are heavy duty enough to work as stationary toys.  For example, you can mount empty plastic bottle on a rod such that the dog must spin the bottle around the rod to allow treats to fall out.  Here is a lovely detailed 4-part set of videos on how, with the help of a 2 year old child, you too can build one (skip to the fourth video if you just want to see the final product):
    Making A Platic Bottle Dog Treat Puzzle Toy by Fixed1t Rescue Dogs:  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.