“Enrichment” refers to the myriad ways you can use your home environment to make your dog’s life fuller, richer, and more satisfying. One of the best ways to enrich your dog’s life is to throw away his food bowl and make him work for his calories.
Your dog is descended from a long line of ancestors who all had to scavenge or hunt in order to eat. You can see the drive to scavenge and hunt in your dog today when they chase squirrels, tear apart their toys, or sniff endlessly for crumbs in your kitchen.
When you’re ready to throw away the your dog’s bowl and redirect of of his food-seeking energy, frozen Kongs are a great way to make his meals last longer and give him more pleasure in eating. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Pour one meal’s worth of your dog’s regular dinner kibble in a bowl with just enough water to just about cover it.
Step 2: When the water is about all soaked in, mix in a spoonful or two of peanut butter. Sugarless peanut butter is best for dogs.
Step 3: Seal the small hole with a little peanut butter to prevent dripping.
Step 4: Use a spoon to smush the peanut butter-wet-kibble mix into your Kong(s).
Step 5: Freeze for an hour or overnight.