Playing With Food: Feeding Enrichments for Dogs

Most animals (especially those in the wild) spend an awful lot of time and energy working for their food: hunting, foraging, rooting, pecking,traveling, etc.  All these actions are part of feeding behaviors and are an important part of animals’ lives, on both physical and mental levels.

For domestic animals such as dogs, food in a plain ol’ dish just doesn’t offer much in the way of mental stimulation or physical challenge.  (It also takes about 30 seconds to eat if they’re really excited about it.)


Some feeding toys we use.

That’s why we give our dogs Feeding Enrichment Toys!

Feeding enrichments help to give animals something to do and think about while they eat.  They encourage the dogs to use their minds and bodies.  They can also help food-gulpers to slow down!

To use them,we fill them with one (or more) of the following:

  • A dog’s whole meal
  • Small, dry treats
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chicken meal
  • Wet dog food

Check out our shelters dogs demonstrating the use of our feeding enrichments!

All the dogs featured in the video are available for adoption.  For more information on them, visit the shelter’s dog page!

PS: These toys are great for dogs at home, too!  They are available for purchase  at the shelter, or can be found in some local pet supply stores or online.

PPS: Since we use our feeding toys so much, they get lots of wear and tear and need to be regularly replaced.  We can always get LOTS of use from donations of large size Kongs, Twist N’ Treats, Buster Cubes, and Atomic Treatballs/Molecuballs!


2 Responses to Playing With Food: Feeding Enrichments for Dogs

  1. Herman says:

    Can i just say i loved that video of the food enrichment toys. But what about my Maxxy moo. haha he’d love to be on the blog soon 😀

  2. tehlocalbrain says:

    Ziba is too cute.

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