Thursday, June 12, 2014

Many dogs like to do puzzles

In the eyes of humans many dogs misbehave. They might be chewing up shoes, emptying the trash, tearing up the sofa, or other unwanted behavior. The underlying cause is often boredom. Dogs are both smarter and more energetic than we think they are, and they need mental stimulation.

In the wild, dogs would spend lots of time scavenging for food. Just hiding little pieces of food around the house can be enough to satisfy a dog and stop them from tearing things apart. There are also food puzzles. Instead of just dumping food into a bowl, the food goes into a puzzle that requires the dog to work to get it.

There are puzzles where the dog must lick or shake the puzzle, balls and dice that must be turned a certain way to get food out, and other versions. Pick one that is suitable for your dog's level and size; a puzzle perfect for a Border Collie might not fit a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

You can also make a puzzle yourself. For example, put treats in a cupcake tin and cover with tennis balls.

Thinking makes dogs tired, generally much more so than exercise can.

This cute Youtube video shows a happy dog burning through treat puzzles. It might take a little training, but once the dog figures out what to do - and what the reward is - they usually love it.


~ Maria Sadowski ~

5 comments:

  1. Bailie enjoys puzzles. We find lots of exercise so we are tired is the best weapon against mischief around here, though.

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    1. A tired dog is a good dog. I also tend to think a tired dog is a happy dog. Thank you for coming over! =)

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  2. Chowski has an Aikou interactive feeder bowl that spins to reveal kibble and also a Buster Cube that he rolls around the floor to get treats out of.

    It keeps him busy and slows his eating down, which is a positive thing. I think everyone should try one with their dog, especially if they are food motivated.

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  3. Chowski has an Aikou interactive feeder bowl that spins to reveal kibble and also a Buster Cube that he rolls around the floor to get treats out of.

    It keeps him busy and slows his eating down, which is a positive thing. I think everyone should try one with their dog, especially if they are food motivated.

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    1. It's a good idea. Dogs need mental stimulation, and eating slower is a great thing. Thank you for coming over!

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