Consider all the wild animals on the planet. What activities do these wild animals engage in during the day? You are correct if you think they spend most of their time looking for food. Although most animals that live with humans are domesticated over thousands of years, there are still many similarities to wild counterparts. One thing that unites them is their desire to forage for food. Non-human animals, just like humans, need to be engaged in both mental and physical tasks to feel satisfied, confident, and happy. It is one of the best things we can do to empower our companion animals and help them be mentally and behaviorally healthier. Many of the behavioral issues we see in companion animals can actually be resolved or alleviated by simply giving them work.
Foraging toys are any objects that allow animals to forage. They can be food puzzles, treat dispensers, food puzzles, puzzle feeders, or food puzzles. These toys are the most convenient and easy way to give your furry friend a job, while keeping their minds and bodies busy. Pets who are prone to eating too fast will love food puzzles. This is because they can take their time and enjoy the food more. Pet supply shops can sell many types of food puzzles, each designed for different animal species, skill levels, and preferences. We love the products from PetSafe, Nina Ottosson Creative Foraging Systems, Nina Ottosson, Busy Buddy and Kong. You can also create your own food puzzles using common household items. It’s important that you understand the following things before you buy or make a lot of food puzzles to feed your pets.
- Foraging skills are not something that animals are born with. Family members and their parents teach them how to forage. It’s our responsibility to teach them in a home setting. As we start by learning simple tasks, and then move on to more difficult ones, companion animals should begin with simpler food puzzles. They can then learn more difficult puzzles as they get more skill.
- Not all animals learn the same way. Your friend’s dog may have mastered the more difficult food puzzle in a matter of minutes. Be patient with your pet’s learning process. There are many types of intelligence.
- Think about the food that you are using to make the puzzle. You can fill the food puzzle with treats you know your pet loves instead of using kibble. Once your pet is comfortable with the concept of a food puzzle and has begun to play with it, you can introduce less interesting foods.
- Different play styles and preferences are common for Animals. Food Puzzles come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Don’t let your pet down if he doesn’t like a particular type of food puzzle. There are many types, so your pet may not like one. Each animal is unique, so finding out what they like is part of the joy of owning pets.
There are almost limitless options when it comes to pet food puzzles. You can find dozens of sites that sell puzzles for pets of all kinds. Many also offer tips on making your own. You don’t have to give up boring food bowls. Instead, teach your pet how to interact with food.