It’s vi­tal to give dogs men­tal stim­u­la­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Scotcareers -

As dog own­ers, we tend to dwell on phys­i­cal stim­u­la­tion, tak­ing our dogs on walks that they en­joy, but over­look­ing men­tal stim­u­la­tion which is just as im­por­tant.

We all do a lit­tle train­ing: sit, down and fetch etc but can eas­ily for­get to pro­vide the equiv­a­lent of a set of crayons and cray­on­ing book when we leave them.

Dogs do sleep more hours than we do, on av­er­age about 16 hours a day, but dur­ing their wak­ing hours they need to be pro­vided with things to do, more so if they are bred to do a busy job hunt­ing, dig­ging or pulling.

The KONG toy, right, is an ideal start to giv­ing your dog some­thing to do in your ab­sence. Why not give it a try, fill a Kong with your favourite recipe or this one pro­vided?

Kong recipe

Soak dried dog food in gravy un­til soft and mix to a very stiff paste.

Smear en­tire in­te­rior of KONG with some­thing spread­able such as peanut but­ter.

Place the tasti­est thing you can at the small-end hole of KONG.

Con­tinue to stuff KONG with lay­ers of dried food soaked in gravy in­ter­spersed with small treats un­til you get to the top.

Plug large hole of KONG with two medium-size milk or gravy bones, mak­ing sure their ends are firmly stuck into the soaked dried food. Freeze hard and give to dog. En­joy your hours of free­dom while dog destuffs. As this is does not con­tain the dog’s nor­mal sta­ple diet, this should be a

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