Activities For Dogs With Best Sense Of Taste

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Introduction

It may seem like dogs, in general, will eat almost anything. You may sometimes wonder if dogs can even taste at all! Dogs have about 1700 taste buds while humans have 9000. However, dogs do have the same four taste classifications as we do - salty, sweet, bitter and sour. One unique thing is that dogs have a specific taste bud directed just toward water which is said to help prevent dehydration. Dogs do, however, have an amazing sense of smell and that is what drives them toward certain foods over others. So, if you have a dog that has the best sense of taste, you most likely also have a dog with an amazing sense of smell. Now what to do with such a dog….

Treat Test

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Any Day
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20 min
Items needed
Treats
Plastic Cups
Activity description

 Many people begin by giving their dog one type of treat and just stick to it throughout the dog's life. But what if your dog is actually sick of those dry dog bones? How would you know? By doing a treat test of course! Not only is this a fun activity but it will also let you discover your pup's favorite treat. As a dog with the best sense of taste, your pup will probably have a definite opinion on which treats they like and which just don't make the cut. Get ready to see how good of a taster your dog really is!

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Treat search
Research and purchase a few different kinds of dog treats. Remember to look for the best quality treat you can afford. You don't want to give your dog something that is unhealthy that they end up loving or a treat that is super expensive that you won't be able to afford more than once. The ideal treat is healthy, tasty and not too costly!
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Hide treats
Get three plastic cups and place one of each treat under each up. Each cup should have different type of treat underneath. Call your dog over and have them sniff each cup, pushing them over to find the hidden treat. Make a note of which cup your dog chose first.
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Which is best?
Wait a little bit and then do the same game with your dog. Hide the same three treats under the cups and see which your dog goes for first this time. Do it again and again and you will discover that your dog knocks over the cup with the same type of treat under it each time. You dog has used their nose to pick their favorite new treat! Now go buy them in bulk for your taste master dog!
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Homemade Meal

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45 min
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Pots
Dog-friendly Ingredients
Pans
Activity description

While you probably cook for yourself and your family frequently, how often do you cook specifically for your dog? Every night? On their birthday? Never? Homemade dog food is becoming more and more popular and there is good reason. Not only can you completely control what your dog is eating and keep it healthy and beneficial for your pup but you can also alter the food to suit your dogs taste buds. If you know your dog prefers chicken over steak, you can make their food based on this! It may take a little more effort but your dog's superior sense of taste and smell will absolutely love it! 

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The favorites
Think about what types of foods your dog really loves. Make a list of your pup's favorites and then make sure that all the ingredients are safe for dogs (maybe your pup got really excited about chocolate once but it can be deadly to dogs - choose wisely)!
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Recipes
Look up recipes using the ingredients your dog likes. Start by searching for recipes that are specifically for dogs. After you become an experienced dog chef, you may look through recipes for humans and be able to decipher if it is good for a dog. Get all the ingredients together for your meal.
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Dog chef
Cook your dog their gourmet meal while they look at you fondly, patiently waiting to eat. You can make the food in large batches and store it, pre-cooked, in the fridge or freezer which makes it easy to portion out just as you would store bought dog food. Serve your pup their customized dog food and know that your pup is truly living the good life!
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Food Puzzles

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20 min
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Dog Food Puzzle
Treats
Activity description

If your dog has an amazing sense of taste and they are always dying to eat more food, why not make them work for it a little? Of course, you can teach your pup to sit, lie down or even beg for a treat but all of those things require human participation - you are the provider of the treats after all! What happens when you are not home or when your pup really wants a treat but you just don't have time to play? A dog treat or dog food puzzle is the answer! Not only will your dog get a treat reward to satisfy their sense of taste but they will also have to play a little and use their brain to get the reward. 

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Shop for the puzzle
Search for a treat puzzle that will suit your dog. There are many types available in different levels of difficulty. From a puzzle as simple as flipping over a flap to discover a treat to more complicated puzzles that require a series of switches to be pushed, think about what your dog is capable of when choosing the perfect treat puzzle.
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Introduce the toy
Introduce the new toy to your dog. Let your pup watch as you put their favorite treats inside and then seal up the toy. Then, demonstrate how to open it as your dog watches. You can even teach commands like "push" to associate with their new toy. Once you have successfully removed the treat and solved the puzzle, it's your buddy's turn!
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Play for treats
Give your dog their new treat puzzle anytime you need to go away or just whenever you want to watch your pup be mentally challenged. A little tip as well - always make sure the treat toy is empty and clean when you put your dog's toys away at the end of the day, an old treat may be hidden inside and no one wants a stinky toy laying around if it goes bad!
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Hidden Treasure

Bury treats or dog food under a pile of toys, under some brush in the yard or just in the corner of your house for your dog to search for.

Dog Bones

Why buy dog bones at the store when you can make them at home for your dog? A bone shaped cookie cutter and an easy recipe are all you need! Look for a recipe for peanut butter bones which are always a hit with the pups who have a good sense of taste.

Conclusion

Just like humans, a dog with a good sense of taste likes variety in their food. They also can be quite picky regarding what they will or will not eat. Give your dog plenty of food options and let them try new things. As long as the food is safe for pups, give your dog whatever they like! A dog food and treat connoisseur like your pooch will thrive on food-related games and activities.