Intro to Busy Boxes

At Meridian Canine Rescue, we love simple activities that engage our dogs’ senses. Busy boxes are cheap, quick, customizable, and fun. Check out this video, and then create a simple box for your own dog.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Boxes, tubes, and/or cartons: Start with an open box with something yummy inside.
  • Food: Choose high value food that smells really delicious to your dog, like chicken or peanut butter.
  • Toys: Add a toy so that she has to move it around to get to the food — and, of course, to play with it.

If your dog needs a greater challenge, make it harder to get to the food and toys. Nest, close, and fold your containers. Layer cartons. Stuff extra toys around the box. You get the idea.

Just be sure to supervise your dog throughout this activity so that she’s only consuming the food.

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