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Feeding for Good Behavior

Here’s how to feed your dog for good behavior:

Every morning,  measure out the food your dog will get that day.   (or eyeball it if you are not that structured a person, just eyeball it).  Put a third of it in stuff-able food toys.  You can make two or three of them and store them in the fridge or freezer.

Take another third and put it in a treat bag, or your pockets, or bowls around the house out of the dog’s reach, for training your dog.

The last third is for using in your dog’s food bowl.   Couple the food bowl feeding with training “sit to say please” and recall!

Here’s a good video on how to get started with the chew toy I like:
Kongs for Beginners   .  Once your dog has mastered the regular kong, introduce the Kong Wobbler.

Why Use Stuffable Food Toys?

If you are giving your dog all of their food in a food bowl, you are missing important training opportunities.  Food is motivating!  And working for food can be satisfying, too.  You may not realize it, but if you have a job you work for your food!  Perhaps you even find that work satisfying.

Do you hunt, fish, bake or enjoy shopping for your food?  These are all activities that humans engage in as part of eating.  Let your dog have a chance at some of the same gratifying activities by feeding her in stuffed chew toys.

These devices are especially good and important for puppies who need a lot of experience and activity using their mouths. Plus if it takes them five, ten, fifteen minutes to get the food out of the toy, you have kept your dog out of mischief successfully for that amount of time.   Even adult dogs, however, can really enjoy working for their food.

 

About Laurene

Laurene von Klan is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer serving West Los Angeles
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