Hi everyone, how’s your week been? With the restrictions of travel loosening up we have a lot more holiday makers here at Rufford Park. You can see all of our antics over on our Instagram Page! Speaking of which, did you know how many routines I need to keep up with when I’m boarding dogs. Everyone has their own unique way of taking care of their furry friend and I need to make sure that happens here. Even with their dinner times!
I had no idea how many different ways there are of giving your dog some food. With humans you just put it on a plate and away you go! However, giving your dog there food in a bowl is probably the most boring way for a dog to eat. Think about it a dog is a predator whose natural behaviour is to hunt. Mummy giving them their yummy meal in a bowl popped straight in front of them isn’t exactly thrilling. Why not tap into those natural behaviours every day?
Don’t worry you don’t need to be a behaviourist! There are so many ways you can help make meal times so much more exciting for your pooch and here are just a few;
These are food bowls, with obstacles built into them to stop your dog from eating their dinner way too fast and causing indigestion. They are so easy to implement into your daily routine to start your journey into the wonderful world of puzzle toys. They are simple for your dog too and require a little bit of thinking, but not too much too soon. We don’t want them to give up and never eat again!
If you keep an eye on our social media pages you’ll know how much I love puzzle toys. You can get them anywhere! Pet shops, online and you can even make your own. Puzzle toys require that natural behaviour of working for their food. They need to figure out how to get to that yummy dinner before they can chow down. It takes your dog longer to eat and also calms them down all round. A dog who is able to act on their natural behaviours is a much more content and happy dog!
You can mix them too. Do a twisty puzzle at breakfast and a puzzle mat at dinner. Keep your dog on their toes!
Hide and Seek
Ever thought of hiding that boring bowl of food? Just ask your dog to sit and wait and while he’s waiting patiently hide that bowl of food. Make sure Rover can’t see where you put it, we want him to activate those sniffer powers! It’s so simple and yet so effective.
There you have it, three ways to make meal times with your dog so much more exciting. I hope you have fun tracking how well they’re doing and you’ll see such a difference I’m sure.
Until next week, keep those tails wagging!