Activities For Dogs Who Like To Eat

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Introduction

Most dogs have this in common: they absolutely love to eat. Nothing beats the sound of their kibble hitting the bowl or the microwave heating up the soft food. Oh, they know exactly what’s going on. Come mealtime, they’re waiting (patiently or not so patiently), looking up at you and ready to feast as soon as you’re feeling generous. For the dog with a one-track mind like this, we’ve got some activities they’re sure to appreciate!

Trick-or-Treat

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Veggies and fruits appropriate for dogs
Dog Bowl or Small Container
Activity description
It doesn’t have to be Halloween for your dog to enjoy this activity, but you can adopt the traditional October pastime as a game for your adorable canine. You don’t have to dress them up for this occasion. So, relax! This is a fun way to practice some commands and definitely a satisfying game of sorts for your lovable pooch. If they love healthy fruit and veggies and are good at obeying, they’re literally in for a treat! You can play this game indoors or outdoors. Speaking of “doors”... You don’t have to go knocking on any for this game of Trick-or-Treat!
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Slice and dice
First, you’ll need to pull out some healthy treats for your pup. I like to use carrots, but you might try apples, bananas, or even broccoli. It just depends on what your little guy or gal really likes. Chop these into bite-size pieces for your doggo, and get ready to play!
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Train for the game
The idea behind this version of Trick-or-Treat is to toss or roll the dog’s bowl or small container out into the yard or down the hallway. Have your pup practice bringing the container back to you. When they do, place a treat in the bowl. That’s their treat for performing the trick. It’s also similar to our Halloween tradition. After they eat, repeat.
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Humans can play, too!
If you have young kids, this is a good way to get them to eat their fruits and veggies. A lot of time, we like to play right along with our dogs, and that’s fine. Some of you might have some goofy grown family members or friends that would like this activity as well!
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Mental Mealtime Mania

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Any Day
Moderate
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30 min
Items needed
Mental Stimulation Food Dispenser or Game
Dog food
Activity description
Who says mealtime has to be just sticking your snout into a bowl and gobbling down kibble in 10 seconds flat? We certainly don’t! There are so many mealtime products all over the world-wide web and even in your local pet store. These products make breakfast, lunch, or dinner interactive and intriguing. You can encourage physical exercise, mental exercise, curiosity, and fun all at once when you invite your dog into the world of Mental Mealtime Mania. They’ll have to work to solve problems and earn their yummy reward. Stick with us, and we’ll suggest some products that inspire activity, ones that your dog will adore.
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Make your selection
You’ll have a multitude of options when you got to make your Mental Mealtime Mania purchases. These little puppy game boards and receptacles come in all shapes and sizes and colors. You’ll have slow feeders, interactive hide-n-seek puzzles, and ball dispensers.
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Observe your dog and time them
You might choose to buy multiple feeding activities for your companion. Watch them. See which ones they like best. It’s a good idea to have at least two. This way, your buddy doesn’t grow bored with a single one. You could even time them to see if they get faster and faster at completing the activity.
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Design your own mealtime games
As you watch your dog complete these mealtime activities, you may even come up with some of your own. You can use an array of containers to play games and create puzzles for your pet. There’s no denying the smart boy or girl. And they’ll love that you’re spending time with them.
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Mr. Tasty’s Flirt Pole

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Any Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
PVC pipe
Bungee Cord
Doggie treats
Veggies or fruits appropriate for dogs
Dog toys
Activity description
This is like pup fishing. You are the angler, and your doggo is the big catch! So, get ready to reel in the real cute one down there with the floppy ears, wagging tail, wet nose, and sloppy tongue. This is a high-energy active way to engage your dog. While they’re interested in treats, they’ll simultaneously be interested in exercising whether they know it or not. So even as they take in calories, they’re burning them as well. Mr. Tasty’s Flirt Pole is a wonderful way to spend time with your pooch. When they see that bait, they won’t be able to get enough of this activity!
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Make the flirt pole
You can purchase one of these, but making one isn’t difficult. Attach some bungee cord to a long, pole-like PVC pipe. Next, attach a doggie treat, veggies or fruits, and even dog toys to the end of your line. This is a very interactive, high-energy activity, so be careful as you swing the pole. It’s probably best played outdoors.
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Playtime!
Wave the pole in front of your pup. It’s not going to take them very long to understand the object of the game. Their innate prey drive is going to kick in, and that bait will be theirs before long. Allow your dog to win. Keeping the bait from them makes it interesting, but make it rewarding by letting your fur child taste the treat or toy often.
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Easy on the joints...
This activity isn’t for every dog. If you notice that your pet is struggling or are already aware that they have bad joints, try a different activity. You might pull the bait along the floor to keep them from leaping. They’ll still be excited to walk along and get the treat or toy.
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More Fun Ideas...

More Tricks for More Treats

You can always teach your dogs new tricks or practice old ones. Some dogs absolutely love doing their snazzy tricks because they know they’ll receive a reward very soon!

Hide-n-Seek: Foodie Version

If you want a simple, easy activity you can even play indoors, try cutting some of your dog’s favorite dog treats into pieces. Hide the pieces and allow your pup to find the delicious morsels.

Conclusion

For the dog who loves to eat, and is possibly your kindred eating spirit, we hope these activities are something to bark about! Eating can have such a negative connotation, but for your dog, it’s their favorite, most positive thought. And they’ll love you for taking the time to play and engage. They’ll certainly thank you for the veggies, fruits, and treats!