Ditch the Bowl
I’m thrilled to have seen the hashtag #ditchthebowl blaze a trail across social media in recent months. One of the easiest ways we can ensure we are setting our dogs up for success is by redistributing their daily food allowance. We have a large amount of food that we feed our dogs every day and it’s often wasted in a couple of big chunks. Spreading it out throughout the day gives us the ability to frequently reinforce good choices, provide enriching activities to stimulate problem solving skills, create opportunities for mental exercise, and to set up solid preventative strategies to keep dogs out of mischief. There are also some wonderful health benefits to spreading their food out rather than having a few heavy meals. Some ideas for ditching the bowl:
Drae Fitchett Baker, CBCC-KA has been training dogs professionally since 2008. She lives in Calgary with her partner, Ryan, their two cats, Presley and Cash, and of course their two dogs, Slugs and Diego. In addition to working with animals, Drae spends her time gardening, cooking, reading, watching soccer and sings with her grandmother in a choir.