I am so grateful for frozen kongs and exercise! I am working on a master's degree and it is a crazy time of year for me with final papers due. Maya hasn't been getting the attention she is used to. Yesterday I didn't have a chance to bring her to the dog park and she had a rough day. She kept bringing one toy after another and putting them on my laptop keyboard and looking at me with those sad puppy eyes. I felt so guilty! She looked bored out of her mind and ready to crawl out of her skin. It made it hard for me to get anything done because she kept hitting keys on the keyboard with her chin. Today, I was determined to do a better job with her. So I took her to the dog park for an hour in spite of the near-zero windchill temperatures. She got to walk, play with another dog (there was only one because it was so cold!), and retrieve with the chuck-it. She got a good hour of exercise and was very tired out afterward. She has been sleeping in her crate (with the door open) for most of the afternoon and evening. I also made some frozen kongs for her with her dinner kibble and canned pumpkin and banana. At dinner time, I gave her one kong at a time to work on. It took her almost 2 hours to eat her dinner from the kongs! So I have been able to get my work done and she is a happy puppy. It is amazing what some exercise and some frozen kongs can do. I used to freeze her kongs all the time when she was really little, but I haven't for a while. It makes such a big difference in the amount of time it takes! It would have taken her probably 20 minutes to eat 3 kongs that weren't frozen. Instead it took almost 2 hours. I just wanted to pass along the tip to others who might need puppy-free time! It also is very true that a tired puppy is a good puppy.