A few weeks ago I tried out a bubble machine to see if my dogs would enjoy it.
It was a great success!
My Shiba Inu had a merry ole time chasing the bubbles around the backyard and even did some leaping to get at some of the ones that were flying away. My Siberian Husky was more interested in the water that was coming out of the bubble machine, but she also got into the chasing after noticing my Shiba’s crazy antics.
I tried out two types of bubble machines –
The portable type that operates standalone, and the sprinkler type that you attach to your water hose. Definitely go with the latter. The portable machine that I got did not work well because the bubble output was low. I don’t think my dogs even noticed that there were bubbles.
However, the water hose version of the bubble machine is quote awesome.
Spouts of water come out together with a lot of bubbles. I have the Gazillion Bubble Sprinkler, which for some strange reason only sells in Amazon UK. The only downside is that it gobbles up the soapy bubble mixture very quickly.
There are a variety of recipes for making your own bubble mixture. I have experimented with a few and the big problem has to do with how long the bubbles last for. If you just use regular dish detergent with water, the bubbles pretty much burst right away, so your dogs will not even notice them, much less be able to chase after them.
Apparently, adding corn syrup into the mixture can help, so that is what I am going to try next.
In any case, the bubble machine is a great way to exercise your dog, and have some fun with them during sunny, summer days.