This is our second post in our series about ditching the bowl focusing on ways to ditch the bowl.
If you haven’t read the first post about why you should ditch the bowl,
Ways to Ditch the Bowl
Take food out with you on walks
This is by far the simplest and easiest to implement of our ways to ditch to bowl. Its a great coincidence the feeding times and bathroom times are typically right near each other. Put your pups kibble in a sandwich bag (extra points if its reusable!), and go out for your walk. Use the kibble just like you would treats. Work on loose leash walking, keeping calm when other dogs walk by, sits, stays, tricks, you name it! This is really great for the slightly pudgy doggos too! Instead of giving them high calorie treats in addition the all the calories of their meal, their meal becomes the treat! (If you’re pup could cut back on the treats or you need to swap out for something healthier be sure to check out our suggestions here.) This also happens to be my favorite method to aid in developing your relationship.
Food Dispensing Toys
The market for these has blow up and there are so many amazing options now! Everyone knows about the Kong- stuff it with kibble, add a little yogurt on top and freeze for a great fun meal. Bonus: The Kong is a great option if you feed raw. Just be sure to clean the heck out of it and stick it in the dishwasher when you’re done. My personal favorite is the Snoop by planet dog. Check out this video to see it in action here. Some toys have a little bit of a learning curve. Start them out on the easiest setting with super stinky treats inside to really get their interest going. As they get better switch to mostly, then all kibble.
This is exactly what it sounds like. You scatter some food on the group and let your pup go after it all. If you want to prevent the food from being all over your floor even temporarily (we understand), look at buying or making a “snuffle mat”. A snuffle mat is a rug, about the size of a door mat. It looks a lot like a long shag carpet usually made with fleece instead of typical carpet fiber. The long strands create a great place for kibble to get “lost”. Pups will need to “snuffle” around to retrieve all their kibble. To buy a snuffle mat click here. We plan to do a DIY post on snuffle mats soon.
You’ve learned some new ways to ditch the bowl, get started!
You’ve got no excuses. Skip the bowl tonight and feed pup on your night time walk.
Our next post in the series will be for all of you who have practiced and are ready for some higher level learning practices to go along with your new found freedom from the bowl.