Smart Holiday Gifts for Your Pet

By Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The best gift you can give your pet this holiday season is one that will be fun, but also enrich their life.

These days, a lot of our pets live lives of leisure, which means they often lack opportunities for physical and mental exercise. That under-stimulation can lead to boredom—which can result in bad behavior or poor health. Encouraging dogs or cats to work for treats (or food) by solving puzzles is called contrafreeloading and it’s important for their mind and body.

The easiest place to start is with interactive toys like the ones from Danish company, Kruuse. Developed by animal experts and recommended by animal behaviorists, the cubes, balls and activity mat below stimulate your pet, and help strengthen your bond.

Individual Play

Contrafreeloading cat training balls

These toys give your pet the opportunity to entertain themselves. This is especially great for dogs and cats that may suffer from separation anxiety or who like to create things for themselves to do when you’re not around. (Click on each product below to learn more.)

Prices range from $7 – $20.

Play Together

Contrafreeloading Playmat

You know what they say! The dog and human who play together, stay together! And the Buster Activity Mat is the perfect thing to bring you and your pup closer.

This interactive play center is a terrific option for cold days, bad weather, older pets, high-energy pets and apartment dwellers. Tasks are attached to the mat and offer varying levels of difficulty. The mat comes with three tasks but Kruuse offers a total of 12 different tasks to choose from.

The Activity Mat is $69 and additional tasks are $15 each.

Go to for more information on these fun, brain-boosting toys!

And be sure to check out my post – The Best Way to Eliminate Stress and Boredom in Your Pet – to learn all about the wonders of contrafreeloading.