Oh, What Fun! Avidog’s Adventure Box
I am always looking for ways to provide learning experiences that will develop our puppies’ physical, psychological and emotional health. I know that every experience we give our puppies before they go to their new homes can help them to be the best they can be. So I wander the aisles of hardware and home improvement stores thinking of ways to use their products – usually not the way they were intended to be used – to challenge our pups as they grow.
We had to be sure that everything we used in the Adventure Box had no sharp edges, could not be stripped down, peeled off, chewed up or swallowed whole by the puppies. We also wanted to be sure it would be sturdy enough to be pulled on, jumped on, walked through and still remain upright. With our last litter we got it right and the puppies loved it!
The Adventure Box stimulates puppies’ senses in a fun and safe way. Adding the Adventure Box to their play area teaches them, at a time they have few fears, that stuff that moves and makes noise is interesting and fun. We toss treats inside the box so the pups have to go through the dangling items to get to them. Within a day or two, the pups are charging into, tugging on and trying to dismantle the box. When we begin feeding pups solid food, we will sometimes put the food bowl in the center of the Adventure Box. This teaches them to tolerate things touching and bumping them while they eat.
If you are making an Adventure Box don’t be limited by what we used when choosing your hanging items – go the store and use your imagination but remember SAFETY FIRST! The items should be enticing to the puppies while also stimulating them as they move in and out. Choose different kinds of items for each side so they can have many different experiences.
Of course, we love to see puppies playing in their Adventure Boxes, so don’t be shy, share a video of your puppies having fun in their Adventure Box on our Adventure Box video sharing page and our Facebook page.