100 Behaviors & Ideas for Dogs on Crate Rest!


This video is just to give you ideas of things to do with or for your dog that is on crate rest.  All these behaviors can also be used for any time you are not able to go outside and want to give your dog some mental stimulation and have fun.

Pick behaviors that your dog is able to do or train the behaviors your dog does not already know how to do.

If your dog is injured work on behaviors that are best for the type of injury your dog has.

Working with your dog while on crate rest will help prevent boredom and give your dog mental stimulation. If you have a dog like mine that is used to a lot of physical exercise, doing games and tricks in the crate help engage the dogs mind. This will help them be calmer in the crate and will help with the healing process.

These behaviors will help alleviate stress, boredom and frustration.

When Twix had his first and now his second herniated disc surgery, he was not able to walk and needed to be in his crate for most of the day, especially when I was not able to watch him. As he improved, he still needed to be in his crate because he is a very energetic dog and could possible injure himself again. So, I continued to have him in the crate when he was not being supervised. Doing tricks and behaviors with him have helped him be calm when I am not able to be with him or when he is on his own and sleeping in the crate. I feel that doing fun things with him makes his time in the crate more enjoyable.

I did not create these behaviors, they are all pretty common and have been used by many dog trainers. I hope that you will spend time working with and teaching your dog to do many of the behaviors in this video.

Alpha Stimulation: This is a machine that helps to stimulate the nerves. It is also can have a calming effect on some dogs. It puts Twix to sleep, because he is so relaxed.

Playology Toys: https://www.playologypets.com

Food I am using: Ziwi Peak

Snuffle Matz: https://www.pamsdogtraining.com These are good for mental stimulation and to prevent boredom.

Treat dispensing toys: Kong Wobbler and there are many different types on the market.



Put away toys:

Bucket Games:

Pam’s Dog Academy Website: http://www.pamsdogtraining.com

What you will find on this channel… Dog training tips, clicker training, “How To” train dog trick tutorials as well as “How To” videos on helping dogs with behavior problems.

I am very good at responding to questions and would love to help you train your dog in any way that I can.

Visit my website for a FREE organized video list, articles, online classes, and dog sport video titling opportunities.

Have a great day with your dog, today and everyday!
Pam, Isabelle, Bandit, Twix and Wynnie

Homemade Dog Food Using Thrive Life Products…


Homemade Dog Food Using Thrive Life Products…

I have recently started selling Thrive Life products.  I started selling these products because I use their freeze dried meat and cheese as dog training treats.  I figured since I use the product, why not buy it from myself.


The Thrive Life foods are simply amazing.  The food tastes great, easy to use, and healthy!  They also last longer and therefore I don’t have to worry about them going bad in my refrigerator.

I have been making my own dog food with my Thrive Life foods.  Here is one of my homemade dog food combinations.  I also substitute the turkey with chicken or beef to change things up a little.

To ensure my dogs are getting everything they need in their diet, I add powdered calcium, probiotic, multi-vitamin, and a joint supplement.

Check out my Thrive Life page and try the freeze dried meat and cheese with your dog.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at: pamsdogacademy@gmail.com

Have a wonderful day!

Pamela Johnson

Using Snuffle Matz


SNUFFLE MATZ by Pam’s Dog Academy

Our Snuffle Mat is the BEST because: 

They are Machine WASHABLE!

Dryer SAFE!


A Mentally Stimulating Puzzle Game/Toy & TRAINING TOOL for dogs and cats…

Dogs love to sniff, search and find their food and treats. This engages their mind, which encourages natural foraging skills and instincts.

Snuffle Mats can be used in many different ways!

Mental Stimulation – which encourages the dog or cat to use their nose and satisfies their instinct to search for food.

Dog Training Tool – Agility training, recall training, obedience training, trick and canine freestyle training, manners, behavior issues or behavior problems.

Slow Down the Chow Hound – If you have a dog that eats their dinner too fast, which is harmful for their digestion system. You can put your dogs dinner in the Snuffle Mat. Since the food is scattered in the mat, it takes your dog longer to find his/her food.

Calm your dog – If your dog is over aroused or excited in certain situations, you can use the mat to allow your dog to sniff and search for treats or food. Sniffing has a calming effect on dogs and reduces anxiety. Snuffle Mats can help with reactivity and behavior problems by getting dogs to sniff and calm themselves in the process.

Give your dog a job – Snuffle Mats give your dog a job and this will help burn some excess physical energy. While the dog is sniffing out food, the dog is not busy doing inappropriate behaviors.

For your cat – you can sprinkle dry food or treats on the mat or you can spray or use dry catnip on the mat. Cats love rubbing on the mat as well as eating the treats/food from the mat.

Snuffle Matz are fun!

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Supervise your dog when using the snuffle mat. If left out with your dog, your dog could tear up and eat the fabric on the mat, which could be very harmful or even fatal for your dog.