It’s no secret around here that Bear loves himself a good feeding game! In fact, he’s starting to accumulate quite the collection of feeder bowls to have his meals from. We love and use them all for different reasons. His newest, and most challenging feeder bowl is called The Buster Dog Maze.
The grooves in the maze of the Buster bowl are deep. Bear can see and smell the food but it’s too deep for him to reach much of it easily. Instead, he’s got to figure out how to push the food around and get it out of one of the openings at either end. The size of kibble or treats you use with the Buster bowl essentially determine the difficulty of the challenge you present to your pup.
This is by far the most challenging feeder bowl that Bear has. He loves it! We’ve realized that feeding him the small bits of kibble out of it causes him a lot of frustration, but bigger treats that he can focus on individually work really well. He get’s excited and happy when we pull this out of the closet! This video does a great job of demonstrating the various uses of the Buster Dog Maze with your pup.
Does your dog ever use feeder bowls, puzzle games, or interactive toys?
Last time we visited the Oregon Coast I noticed Bear was in an especially light and care free mood and I captured several photos of him happily running.
Bear & Scooter were happy to receive the Stewart Pro Treats chicken liver bites to sample & review. This has perhaps been their most enticing treat ever!
I love the Stewart Pro-Treats because they’re made in the USA and there are no additives or preservatives. These treats are carefully crafted in a USDA inspected facility. The fact that they come in a tub vs. a bag is another high point for me- they’re easy to transport, re-seal, and more. I’ll probably save the tub to use for other treats; maybe make it match our chewies tub.
These are liver treats which essentially has both Bear & Scooter at hello! These treats have the full aroma, flavor, and nutritional value of 100% raw liver, so it’s a treat I can feel good about feeding.
There are various sized bits of liver in the tub, which is nice for me having two different sized dogs. The bits are easily breakable, as with most freeze dried treats, but they’re not messy or overly smelly. The Stewart Pro-Treats contain just one ingredient making them perfect for dogs with allergies or food sensitivities- find your dogs favorite flavor!
As far as the taste factor goes, both boys are borderline obsessive over these treats. Just look at Bear’s face in these photos! Since opening the box, I’ve had to keep the tub of chicken liver treats up high (like top of fridge high) to avoid a dog perpetually begging at the top of the console table or entertainment center. Bear was getting all ridiculous about it, so we definitely think your pups would find these drool worthy too!
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I know most parents encourage their kids NOT to play at the dinner table. But I’m a Pet Parent, and couldn’t feel more against that statement when it comes to my dogs. In fact, we encourage play time when it comes to their meals!
I’ve all but done away with Bear’s metal food bowl completely in favor of other, better options. For the last three weeks, we’ve been feeding him twice daily exclusively from one of his food game bowls, of which he is acquiring a collection. It is SO NICE to have Bear’s meal time take longer than it takes me to leave the kitchen and he seems to be much more satisfied at the completion of his dinner having worked his mind to get to his food too.
Bear has a Buster Bowl, Aikou Bowl, and Slo Bowl that we alternate his feedings from. He also has a massive selection of various kongs and kong-like products that we stuff and freeze for meals or fun snacks. Our hope is that keeping him mentally and physically engaged during feeding times like this will help to keep Bear feeling youthful as he ages.
Do you encourage your pup to play at meal times?
Did you know that the first week of every October is dedicated as National Walk Your Dog Week?
National Walk Your Dog Week was founded in 2010 by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Behaviorist Colleen Paige. She wanted to bring awareness to the increasing problem of canine obesity, and behavioral issues that stem from lack of exercise and mental stimulation. Walk Your Dog Week aims to educate and improve the health and well being of the dogs in America. A worthy goal, no?
Bear, Scooter, and I are committed to taking (at least) one daily walk together this week to explore our new neighborhood. Today we took a mid day walk and it was a nice break for all three of us. We often like to take evening walks with their poppa and spend the time ‘catching up’ as a family.
How often do you and your dog go for walks together? Is it a daily outing that’s to be expected for you?