Turk gets bored easily.
He also luuuuuuuurves to eat. Seriously, he would walk through fire if it meant there was a treat for him on the other side.
We’ve attempted to keep him occupied with various treat-filled toys, but with the exception of Kongs and the Squirrel Dude, Turk would manage to not only get out the treats but also destroy the toy in the process.
I was starting to get annoyed with the treat/toy situation because Turk would always get the treats out in 30 seconds and then come back to me with a face like this:
I didn’t know what to do – would Turk ever have a treat puzzle challenging enough??
Here’s what she had to say:
To make a kong more difficult, we started to put a little peanut butter, yogurt, or cheese at the bottom of the kong, add the kibble, then seal the top. This way, dog has to extract the very end of the goodies with his tongue. For our geniuses? Still too easy. ** THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH TURK!! **
The next phase was mixing the kibble with yogurt or runny peanut butter in a bowl, and then stuffing the kong. The whole mixture is sticky and wet, so it takes a lot more tongue action to finish the work. This is challenging enough for Gonzo; it takes him about 20 minutes to finish one of these. For Chick, though, we have to take it to the next level: the freezer. Once frozen solid, it takes even an advanced chewer a while to get all the goodies out. Our normal filler for these kongs is a combination of kibble, peanut butter, raw veggies, cheese, and leftovers – whatever we have that is dog-friendly and not likely to be otherwise eaten. ** Um, okay, I hadn’t attempted this method. **
So after work on Friday I gathered my Kong-stuffing supplies…
Hopefully when Turk gets to try it out, he’ll be entertained for more than 30 seconds.