Mental and Physical Treats for your Pup
Hello, fur fam!
This month (and several times during each month) I stock up on treats for my girls, Bebe and Jolie. I stock up on a different type of treat every month for their chewing, trick performing, and bad breath occurrences. However, one treat that I keep on reaching for time and time again is the Blue Buffalo Blue Bits Tender Beef Recipe Soft-Moist Training Dog Treats. There are a few reasons for this:
- They are small enough to fit in my small dog's mouth.
- They fit perfectly in my Furbo dog camera!
- They are heart-shaped. Check out my post about Bebe and Jolie's most favorite food you'll understand the fascination.
- They are chewy and moist, perfect for any dog and especially toothless senior ones like mine!
- They are good for your pup!
- Formulated with omega-3 and 6 fatty acids for skin and coat health.
- No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.
- Made in the USA with zero chicken or poultry by-product meals, wheat, soy, corn, or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.
So this month when Chewy.com offered it in their influencer option I was delighted to snag a bag, as I am already a fan of these yummy treats. You know the saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" well, that's simply not true! I'm going to share some different ways you can entertain your dog with treats! And also, my oldest was about 7 years old when I taught her how to *sneeze* and *speak*, proof that you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks!
Pick up an interactive dog training toy
I picked up this cute and small dog toy at T.J.Maxx for just under $4. It's a small wooden plaque with little pieces that look like chess pieces. They have holes in them so that the treat scent will be available for your pets to know there's goodness hiding underneath. You hide the treats under each little piece and allow your pet to either lift up the piece with their mouth or knock them over with their snouts. Either way it causes them to work for their treats and figure out how to get the treat out. When I first got this toy, my dogs had no idea how to get to the treat, they would just stare at it and bark. Now they enjoy playing with it and grabbing the treats from underneath. If you want to DIY you can use mini/regular sized cupcake pans and place the treats under some tennis balls. Your dog will have to lift the ball to get the treat. If you don't have all that lying around, you can find some interactive toys here.
Crinkly bag of treats in your pocket
Whether I'm at a dog park or at a friends house for a doggie play date, I always like to keep a crinkly bag alongside me filled with treats. As you may know, dogs get very excited over the sound of treat bags, bags of chips, or plastic. When I expose my dogs to a social situation I like reminding them that I've got the goods and make a sound from my pocket. I will proceed to ask them to sit, stay, or be a good girl if they get too rowdy. This works 90% of the time, teaches them discipline, and they are being rewarded for good behavior!
Dogs, just like humans need exercise. It's good for them to get up and out and stretch their legs. It keeps them healthy, happy and helps with food digestion. I live in an apartment and so there isn't too much room to do this with my pets. Luckily my dogs are small and so not too much is needed to get them tired. Take your treats and place them in places where they can see. Top of the stairs, top of the bed, under the table, and scream GO! Run alongside your dog to help her see where the treat is and do it fast, like a human and dog agility course. Careful how quick you do it, I've knocked over some vases, and broken a few things while doing this. I wasn't' terribly upset because my dogs love this game!
DIY Dog Ice Cream
I don't know where you live in the world, but we live in Arizona. It gets pretty hot here. Take some of your treats and fill up an ice cube tray with yummy fluids filled with electrolytes or vitamins. I personally love this one, putting a treat inside the ice cube keeps them busy for hours, and hydrated! They won't even know that playtime is good for them!
The most important thing is to treat your dogs with love and shower them with affection and attention. They are around for such a short while, spend time with them when you can, rewards them for good behavior and feed them the best treats while doing so!
I received these goodies free of charge from Chewy.com in an exchange for my honest review.