Lets talk about kongs and how they are so powerful when working with your dogs behaviour.
Kongs are a great source of mental stimulation and can help dogs that experience stress, anxiety, hyperactivity, separation anxiety, destructive behaviour and more!
One very useful way to use a kong is when working on developing duration of your dog being able to settle and being calm in stressful situations.
So what else can kongs help with?
- Over excitement when guests arrive
- Calmness around other dogs
- Calmness in public places
- Gives the dog something appropriate to chew
How to make a long lasting kong?
Here are a few ideas to get you started – stuff your kong with a combination of any of the following wet and dry ingredients that your dog loves and freeze
- Canned dog food
- Raw dog food
- Cream cheese
- Peamutt butter
- Natural yogurt
- Freeze dried treats
- If your dog eats kibble, you could soak this in an unsalted broth or water for a few minutes then study it into the kong and freeze.
Working for food enriches your dogs day and gives your training a boost! So providing them with the opportunity to eat their food over a period of time and involves more effort than inhaling food from a bowl, will have a positive impact on behaviour changes.
Let us know what ingredients your dog’s enjoy having from a Kong and how it has benefited you and your dog!