Find the treats is easy to play, and it’s a fun way for dogs to use some of their natural sniffing and scavenging abilities.How to play find the treats with your dog: Keep in mind that although dog’s have an excellent sense of smell that doesn’t mean they’ll automatically use it right away when playing this game.
To use a food dispensing toy you simply fill it up with treats and encourage your dog to engage with it.
As your dog starts moving the toy around it’ll start dispensing treats.
She’ll hunt out those treats wherever I hide them — under rugs, on furniture, or on the window sill behind a curtain.
All of those various hiding spots keep it exciting for her, and it’s a really simple way to keep her entertained.
In the wild our dogs spent a lot of time hunting and searching for food, so they’re pretty receptive to the idea of having to work for their food.
Food dispensing toys are an easy way to emulate those natural instincts.They come in a wide variety, but they all have one thing in common — your dog has to figure out how to get the reward (treat).Like other food related games they provide your dog with plenty of mental stimulation and help relieve boredom.You’re teaching them to start utilizing their scent to find the treats rather than just relying on sight.Finding the treats themselves is rewarding for your dog, and the addition of your encouragement during the game can keep it exciting.Mentally stimulating activities such as brain games enrich our dogs lives by giving them something meaningful to do.And because these activities alleviate boredom they can decrease the likelihood of our dogs developing behavioral issues such as excessive chewing or barking.After your dog has a good concept of what “find the treats” means you can keep upping the game to make it more of a challenge for them.Since Laika’s been playing this game for years she’s gotten pretty good at it.Food dispensing toys are a great way to give your dog some extra mental stimulation.And as with other food related games they give your dog a chance to use their natural scavenging abilities in a fun and challenging way.