The modern, city-dwelling, companion dog is increasingly living a life of abundance. Doggy dedicated luxuries like Pupper Cups, Pawtisseries by Maison de Pawz, home-delivered fresh meals like Pet Plate and The Farmer’s Dog, plush beds and even doggie sofas. Many of today’s dogs are free of the stress and worry of when their next meal will be and where they will find shelter or safe drinking water. This is a stark contrast to an animal in the wild who spends most of their time and energy searching for these necessities. Whilst this search can be stressful, it gives these animals a job to do, an outlet for their energy, and keeps them mentally stimulated.
I don’t want to confuse anyone into thinking that we should add stress to a dog’s life or remove their luxuries. Quite the opposite. We must, however, be mindful that if we remove tasks from a dog’s life we should prepare to replace them. If we don’t, a dog may find their own way of occupying themselves (like chewing your furniture or excessively barking).
Fortunately, there is a small adjustment you can make to your daily routine that will help provide your dog with physical and mental activities each day. Simply ditch the regular food bowl. Instead of using a food bowl to feed your dog, consider using interactive food toys and puzzles. Benefits of making this change include:
The Busy Buddy Twist ‘n Treat is made of natural rubber and looks a little like a flying saucer. It has two pieces that fit together to allow you to adjust the challenge for your dog. It’s great for kibble, treats and soft foods.
Why I love it:
Comes in a variety of sizes.
Easy to pack with food and clean.
The difficulty level is very easy to adjust with a quick twist of the pieces.
If you don’t quite want to give up the food bowl, you can give this fun alternative a shot. Slow feeder bowls give the dog a similar feeling to their normal food bowl, but the walls and divots force the dog to eat around them and slow down the feeding process considerably.
Why I love it:
Vet Approved- Slow-eating bowls can often be recommended by vets for dogs who are overweight or have other digestive issues.
Eating around the walls takes more mental effort and can burn some of your dog’s energy
The bowls are made with slip-resistant and food-safe materials (The materials are BPA, PVC & Phthalate free)
If you agree that the benefits of using food stuffable toys are compelling, make the switch today. Given all the fantastic options available to pet parents these days, there’s no reason for your best friend to eat out of a boring food bowl again!
Do you have a favorite food stuffable toy? We’d love to hear about it – comment below!