Dog Training - Harrisburg, PA
Tips for Using Puzzle Toys
Puzzle toys or treat-based toys are a fantastic way to satisfy your dog's need for entertainment. Toys that are hollow and are designed to hold a treat or be filled with something yummy can also be used to feed your dog.
Initially, some of my clients balk at the idea of their dog working for his meals. I have heard things like, "Isn't that mean?" or "Aren't you teasing him?" or "I wouldn't like to eat like that!".
Okay, maybe I wouldn't like to eat like that either, but I've got lots of things to keep from being bored., i.e.: TV, my computer, social media, my phone, work, going places, etc. If you work part of the day, cook, clean, have children, go to school, or do homework, it's not likely that you would want to work for your food. If, however, you were bored, working a puzzle might seem like fun. You would feel more satisfied and as if you had accomplished something. And that's just the idea with your dog!
Dogs that solve problems, think, and are engaged in fun activities are better behaved. Consider all of the things your dog WON'T be doing if he is working a treat-based toy. There will be no chewing of shoes, no getting into the trash, no bugging to be pet, no digging in the yard, or any other annoying/destructive thing your dog has thought up that makes you crazy.
Helping your dog satisfy his need to solve problems and work using treat-based toys will make your dog's life richer, prevent behavior problems, and are a great addition to any dog training or obedience program.
Please post comments and questions below. I'd love to hear if you've discovered any toys that your dog has found enjoyable. Thanks for reading, and have a great week!