Can you imagine how boring it must be to eat from the same plate, the same food, day in and day out? Feeding times are either a great training opportunity to work with your dog, do your homework etc or give your dog a tiring puzzle or activity to do. it will mentally and physically tire your dog!
We recommend that you 'Ditch the Bowl' for at east one meal a week - more if you prefer. Personally, I hardly ever feed my own dogs from a bowl. Instead, I ditch the bowl and feed various ways for enrichment, fun and diversity! The benefits of doing this are HUGE!
Feeding on the lawn:
Simply scatter the dogs food on an area of the lawn (or kitchen floor) and allow the dog to hunt and graze for it. This is a real fun activity for your dog and it also slows down eating which isn't good for your dog anyway. Leave them to it. They'll keep at it until they find every morsel!
We all know the value of Kong's from classes, but you can also use them indoors (and out) too! Fill the Kongs with your dogs dinner, as many Kongs as you wish and then place on the floor in the area you want the dog to feast on them. Again, leave them to it and they will amuse themselves for a while!
Besides helping to exercise a dog’s body and brain, kibble dispensing toys are also fantastic for teaching problem solving skills and the idea of trying new things that can help with shaping games. These toys can also build confidence as the dogs learn to do things independently and be successful. They can also be used as a bridge for dogs who don’t particularly like toys as an entry point into finding toys to be fun!
Your Dogs toys:
Hide treats or kibble inside little nooks and crannies of dog toys and leave them in a pile on the floor. Let your dog rummage through the pile, trying to decide which toy to start on first, how to find the food and how to get at it to eat it. Its fun for the dog and fun for us to watch too!