1: The Tea-Towel Roll
Grab an old tea-towel, sprinkle some treats, roll it up and let the dog enjoy
Or make it slightly more challenging
2: Chucking Kibble
Chuck one piece at a time
3: Toilet Roll Tubes
Place them on the floor, place a piece of kibble (or whatever you are using) in every other tube (half of them) and let the dog find them all. It takes a while to save so many tubes (patience is a virtue), but you could ask friends to save them for you too or you could use your imagination and substitute the tubes with something else.
4: Box Recycling
Use an old food box (dog-biscuit box, cereal box, burger box), place some dog food inside and give it to the dog. NOTE: There have been some reports of the glue on boxes causing problems so I advise that you ensure the dog is not spending time chewing on the cardboard rather than merely ripping it to get the treats out.
5: Tea-Towel Layers
Sprinkle kibble (or whatever) over a tea-towel, lay another tea-towel on top, sprinkle more kibble and add a third tea-towel.
When we’re using food to give our dogs something interesting to do we should ensure we are not overfeeding them. I always use the dog’s daily food allowance for such activities to protect against overfeeding.
Shay Kelly is the author of Dog training and behavor: a guide for everyone and Canine Enrichment: the book your dog needs you to read