How I Tired Out My Dogs Tonight

I’m not going to lie; having three dogs is… a lot.  There are days when I don’t think I can do multiple walks and I just want them to get tired.  So tonight I started playing a game that made my dogs think really hard and walk themselves around the house multiple times!

I took my Kong Stuff A Ball

kcks3-kong-stuff-a-ball-dog-toy

And put a few squares of Natural Balance roll

nb roll

Notice how if you cut the squares fairly large it will be difficult for your dog to get them out of the ball, but since it’s a soft food it was easy for me to jam them in.  Then I hid one Kong per dog around the house.  I made sure to hide them in places where my dogs would not normally look, and they have some difficulty getting them.  For example the first round I hid one in a laundry basket, one on a chair behind a pillow, and Beo’s on a low table behind a stack of books.  My dogs had to run around the house, work out how to get the Kong out of it’s hidey hole, and then work to get the treats out.  Each round took about 20 minutes, and by the third round my dogs were DONE.  They went and laid down to rest.  It was just like taking the SAT’s for them!

I usually hide each piece of kibble around the house, and that can take me around 10 minutes to set up, longer if I’m doing all the dogs and trying to make it more difficult.  This was a new way to play Find It! and I can’t believe I didn’t try it sooner.  Just because you’ve always done something a certain way doesn’t mean you can’t switch it up a bit and have some fun.

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