Pour value into the RELATIONSHIP BANK ACCOUNT instead of a bowl
Our dogs wake up every morning with a big pot of value for that day – i.e. food. We can decide where and how that pot of value is divided and feed our dog as and when we want to around our busy lifestyle.
Through training and using their food out of our hands we are adding value the RELATIONSHIP BANK ACCOUNT instead of a bowl. The benefits are HUGE and it really is massive for long-term relationship investment with your dog. It is probably the biggest change you could make to boost your overall relationship because you become the centre of everything fun. Some tips on how to start that transition of ditching the food bowl, as well as some fun feeding ideas to follow!
Start that transition of ditching the food bowl…
- Initially get your dog to chase the food in your hand – get them pursuing that food, targeting it and trying to get it
- Then try bowling the food away from your dog and get them to chase after it
- Restrain them – throw the piece of food ahead, get them interested and then send them to go get it
- Work on markers and every time your dog looks at you reward them.
HAND EARN TRAINING / OUT ON WALKS:
Earning food from our hand promotes ORIENTATION to us and PROXIMITY. Now we can already hear you say “But I feed raw”! Don’t worry because there is always a solution…
- Treat dispenser
- Squeeze tube
- Chunks of raw cut into smaller pieces
- Scoop minced raw into a small spoon and feed from that
- Roll into little meatballs
(or use a mould) and refreeze
- Dehydrated raw
DON’T BE DAUNTED!
Sometimes the thought of changing our dogs feeding regime can seem a huge undertaking (especially those with multiple dogs) like with everything try it in achievable chunks, that fit your life. Can you do 1 bowl a day? With each dog? Just their breakfast? Or just their evening meals?
Mix it up to suit you it’s not an all or nothing game but a way of changing how you and your dog view food times. You’ll find the more you try the easier and more addictive it gets. Busy week at work don’t sweat it this is the time to use your training to do a few simple commands and then reward with a jackpot reward. The great thing is it’s so much fun and so easy to do that just two minutes a meal can bring about huge changes in your dogs.
Worried your dog will resent earning their food? Don’t be! Do you resent going to work to earn your paycheck? We don’t consider it earning our dogs are not working for us more we are playing together – feeding for most species has a social aspect so take your dog out for a meal! Dogs love to interact and becoming part of their meal times is an amazing way to bond and bring joy to the relationship. Dogs are driven to work for their food they actively seek ways to get it (hunting, stalking, chasing) we often prevent many of these behaviours so it’s hugely rewarding for our dogs when we replace them with an alternative way to work for their meals. How cool is that?
BY DITCHING THE BOWL WE ARE ENRICHING THEIR LIVES !!