by Laura Williams // June 2017
How to keep your dog busy using puzzles!
Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying our blogs.
I would like to tell you a little bit about our office dogs here at Dog School Shropshire. Meet the team: Charlie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is 5 years old; Rico, a Portuguese Rescue who is approximately 2 years old and Maisy, a Pug cross Jack Russell Terrier who is 4 years old.
In the office, the dogs like to eat treats, sleep, and play and we do need to keep them busy while we work!
Here are a few ways to help keep your dogs entertained, especially on a rainy day!
Our dogs enjoy games where they must use their brain to solve the puzzle. It’s a great way to keep them busy.
Charlie’s favourite brain game is his puzzle feeder. He uses his nose to smell out some tasty treats. And then the tricky part is to work out how to get them out. All dogs use different tactics. Charlie tackles the maze by trying to hit it with his paw but doesn’t have much luck with this method. EVENTUALLY he uses his tongue to scoop the treats to the end of the maze and enjoys his reward.
Here is Charlie’s friend Alfie showing you what a clever boy he is with his treat maze. He found all the treats straight away using his tongue.
Rico loves his stuffed Kong. The Kong is a durable toy that you can stuff with anything suitable for dogs to eat. For example: sausage, wet dog food, dry dog food, dog biscuits, peanut butter etc. Why not try mixing a few together and see what your dog likes best?
Rico enjoys Primula Cheese in his Kong. Even better on a hot day pop the Kong in your freezer to make a longer lasting cool ice lolly for your dogs!
Maisy’s favourite is a snuffle mat. This is a mat full of material to snuffle around with her nose looking or more scenting for the hidden treasure (sausage!). Maisy’s snuffle mat is pink (her favourite colour). You can make your own snuffle mat with just a garden mat and some material cut up into small strips.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about our office dogs and what they like to get up to. Come back soon to see our next blog it will give you a few tips on how to make a snuffle mat!