If you have Kongs at home already, why not try this new game for your dog?
You will need 2 Kongs and a piece of rope or string. Watch the video below to see out trainers do it.
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- Thread the rope through both the large and small holes of the kongs.
- Tie either end of the rope to some chairs, trees, table legs, anything that is heavy, stable and won’t move and is around 1m apart.
- The kongs should now be suspended on the rope between the 2 points.
- Fill the kongs with kibble and release your dog to try and knock it all out, like a doggy piñata!
TIP! The smaller the pieces of kibble, the easier it will be.
Make sure you tie it at the dog’s head height so they are not reaching up or bending down. This is good for problem solving as your dog will know what a kong is and has a preconceived idea of how to access the food but this will change the dynamic and they will have to use their brain to figure out how to get the food out using a different method.
We’ve put together some brain games and enrichment ideas for dogs during the coronavirus lockdown period to help keep your dogs happy.
Enrichment is described as giving animals’ mental stimulation that allows them to perform natural behaviours, permits them to be more active and increases the control over their environment. Enrichment helps satisfy both the physical and psychological needs of animals and allows them to make choices and encourages them to use their brain to solve puzzles and problems. This can increase their overall happiness and satisfaction, whilst reducing boredom, anxiety and physical and psychological energy.
See all of our good ideas for lockdown.