PickPocket foragers are a relatively new innovation but we are already seeing a number of different products in the range, for example, crate and caterpillar foragers. The focus of this review is the six mini foraging pouches with large pouch. There are many different options available in the pouch sets so make sure you check … Continue reading PickPocket Foragers Review
Why dogs might not be interested in enrichment feeding
Enrichment is becoming commonplace, but why might some dogs appear disinterested? It could be that the dog isn’t sufficiently motivated to work at getting the food. Perhaps he gets plenty of similar food for free (in a bowl) and can easily do without whatever extra is in the enrichment toy. Or perhaps the food … Continue reading Why dogs might not be interested in enrichment feeding
Scatter Feeding: Are you killing your dog?
I recently read that scatter feeding (scattering food around) is a bizarre fad that will teach your dog to eat everything they find and possibly kill them. So here’s what I think. I understand that this conclusion can easily be arrived at, “scatter food and they’ll eat anything on the ground”. However, let’s take a … Continue reading Scatter Feeding: Are you killing your dog?
Contrafreeloading: Why animals may prefer to work for food
We see the argument put forward frequently that our dogs actually prefer to work for food rather than getting food for free. At first look, this seems illogical. Why would any animal choose a path of work and effort rather than a path of freebies? Foraging, hunting, and seeking are innate behaviours which are surely … Continue reading Contrafreeloading: Why animals may prefer to work for food
Let Them Sniff.
Dogs love to sniff; hardly a revelation I know but just think about it for a moment. Dogs really really love to sniff. It's compulsive, it's innate, it's part of what they are, they're furry, sniffy, wagging machines. They sniff anything and everything. Sniffing is largely how they evaluate the world around them. They sniff … Continue reading Let Them Sniff.
The most beneficial thing you can do for your dog
Why is there often conflict, confusion, or frustration in the dog-human relationship? Whether it's training, husbandry, enrichment activities or just going for a walk, we are often entirely focused on the human perspective, we generally go about these tasks with our entire focus on what we want. We want to keep walking so we pull the dog away … Continue reading The most beneficial thing you can do for your dog
Five quick & easy indoor enrichment activities with everyday objects
1: The Tea-Towel Roll Grab an old tea-towel, sprinkle some treats, roll it up and let the dog enjoy https://youtu.be/hfWxccLz5b0 Or make it slightly more challenging https://youtu.be/WxGaKRFarB8 2: Chucking Kibble Chuck one piece at a time https://youtu.be/cN9Hr3-28XU 3: Toilet Roll Tubes Place them on the floor, place a piece of kibble (or whatever you are using) … Continue reading Five quick & easy indoor enrichment activities with everyday objects
10 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR DOG’S LIFE
1) Increase interaction. We may live busy lives but we can add interaction into our daily routines. Each time you are waiting for the kettle to boil, have a short training session. Each time you put something in the bin, have a quick play on the way back. Build small interactions into your day; the dog … Continue reading 10 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR DOG’S LIFE
Preparing Kongs without the need to freeze
All manner of enrichment items have evolved in recent years but, for me, the humble Kong is still a firm favourite. It was certainly one of the forerunners and has stood the test of time. People realised that freezing the Kong made it last considerably longer and this was often suggested for heavy chewers or dogs who … Continue reading Preparing Kongs without the need to freeze
MY DOG ISN’T INTERESTED IN ENRICHMENT!
Looking at why our dogs may not be interested in enrichment, and how we can help