AUSTIN (KXAN) - Meals are often a dog’s favorite time of day. Get more out of feeding your dog with food toys.
Dogs love to eat. If your dog is like mine, she eats really fast! I can give her a cup of food and she’ll be done with it in 30 seconds flat!
Food toys are a way to make meals last longer. This has multiple benefits: Your dog is engaged longer, which reduces boredom and idle time. She’ll also be eating her food more slowly, which is better for her health.
A food toy, like this ball, can make a 30 second meal last 20 minutes or longer.
You can find food toys at pet supply stores. You can also make your own.
Put your dog’s kibble in a water bottle. Then let your dog bat it around. The food will come out a few bits at a time and she’ll be active for much longer.
A muffin tin makes a great food toy. At first, put the kibble in the little cups. After your dog gets the hang of this, make it more challenging by putting a few tennis balls onto the cups.
Food toys keep your dog mentally and physically engaged. They eat more slowly and burn more energy working for their food.
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