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I have two professional “Kong-stuffers”. Fortunately, they live in our house and help out with this activity with creativity and gusto! I only have to say to one of my daughters, “Can you please stuff a *Kong for Luna?”, or more recently, “We will be gone for a while, so can you stuff her supper into some Kongs, and leave one to give her when we go — but hide the rest?”.
That’s it! They go to the dedicated basket of things they can use to “stuff” — kibble, dog/cat treats, peanut butter, etc., and get creative.
The hiding part is fun for them too. They have to be sneaky (so Luna doesn’t see them and find the stuffed Kongs too soon). And they know that they must hind Kongs places she’s allowed to go (NOT on the counter for example).
Spread the work and spread the love. Enjoy the fantastic creations kids come up with. Make Kong stuffing fun — your dog will thank you for it as she spends time alone blissfully chewing on appropriate items.
[*For more stuffing ideas, go directly to Kong at www.kongcompany.com]
At Smart Paws, we use positive reinforcement training techniques to teach you and your dog the skills needed for a happy, co-operative life together.