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Dog Enrichment Toys

Enrichment & Training: Canine Food Toys

Enrichment & Training: Canine Food Toys

Food toys are a simple way to add mental and physical stimulation into a dog’s daily life. Below is a list of DIY food toys that you can assemble from household items and staple dog toys. These food toys can be given to your dog at any point throughout the day. Start by introducing the toys at the easy level and increase the challenge once your dog gets the hang of it. You can place kibble in a food toy or use high-value treats like cheese, peanut butter, and more. Don’t forget to reduce mealtime calories appropriately.

Benefits:

  • Increases problem-solving skills and builds confidence.
  • Provides opportunities to perform species-specific behaviors.
  • Reduces undesirable behaviors resulting from boredom, frustration, or anxiety.
  • Turns mealtime into an interactive activity throughout the day.

Let’s talk about treats: The size, color, and smell of the treat that you use can influence the difficulty of the toy. Disinterested or confused dogs may need you to make the toy easier, while confident, food-motivated dogs may need a more challenging opportunity. Larger pieces and treats that contrast against the color of the toy are easier to locate, while smaller pieces and non-contrasting treats can increase the challenge. Smelly treats are easier to locate and are often more enticing, while kibble can increase the challenge.

  • Stuffed Chew Toy
  • Muffin Tin Game
  • Towel Burrito
  • Box o’ Treats
  • Toilet Paper Tube
  • Snuffle Mat
  • Stuffed Chew Toy
  • Muffin Tin Game
  • Towel Burrito
  • Box o’ Treats
  • Toilet Paper Tube
  • Snuffle Mat
Warning: All toys should be given with supervision. Ingesting inappropriate objects could result in an intestinal obstruction. If your dog tries to ingest a non-edible item, use a different toy for the enrichment. Always choose an appropriately sized toy for your pet. If you suspect your animal ingested something they shouldn’t have, contact your foster coordinator or veterinarian. If it is a life-threatening situation, take your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible.

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