Dismiss Notice
Hello Guest, Welcome to the new version of Sheltieforums.com. If you have any questions regarding the new software, please post in the following section: Forum Upgrade

Working for breakfast

Discussion in 'Sheltie Chat' started by GlennR, Sep 30, 2021.

  1. GlennR

    GlennR Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2019
    Ontario, Canada
    We use a number of toys and puzzles that dispense food in an effort to slow Willow's eating down. If I just put a half cup of food in her bowl it is gone in seconds, bolted straight down with little or no chewing. However, when I use her dispensing ball, or her tilting Kong feeder or one of her puzzle boxes, she will actually crunch the kibble up.

    Here's Willow with today's breakfast. You can see from her efforts that one of the locking bones is a bit warped and it takes extra work to free the drawer it protects. She emptied the first two drawers before I could get my camera running. Little brat.:)

    Last edited: Sep 30, 2021
  2. trini

    trini Premium Member

    Nov 13, 2013
    upstate NY, USA
    Willow has that down pat. (y) Good thing our Shelties can't turn the tables on us and lock our food up so we have to work to get it!!!!! :(
    Sandy in CT, Darren, GlennR and 3 others like this.
  3. Margi

    Margi Premium Member

    Nov 2, 2012
    Corona, AZ
    Which puzzle box is that? I think the boys would love it! Is that a level 2?
    Sandy in CT, Darren, GlennR and 2 others like this.
  4. GlennR

    GlennR Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2019
    Ontario, Canada
    It's a level 3 as it requires multiple steps to open a drawer but I'm not sure they still sell it. They have a simplified one with only six compartments here: https://www.nina-ottosson.com/products/all-products/dog-casino-new.html

    The hardest one we have is called Dog Twister. They have to remove locks before they can slide a compartment lid aside: https://www.nina-ottosson.com/products/all-products/dog-twister-new.html
  5. Ann

    Ann Moderator

    Feb 25, 2008
    What a good idea! Willow is certainly proficient at getting her food! I have a number of puzzle toys but they're the tilting and bobbing ones that roll around the floor. That one looks great for feeding and I love the idea of making them work for their food. Good job, Willow! :)
  6. Sharon7

    Sharon7 Moderator

    Oct 31, 2009
    Wow that actually looks challenging to me, at least at first - how long did it take her to figure it out? Very cool way to slow-feed and work her mind.
  7. GlennR

    GlennR Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2019
    Ontario, Canada
    It didn't take long, perhaps four or five goes until she understood the concept, maybe another four or five tries to master it enough to do it quickly and smoothly. I started with no locking bones in place. That was dead easy. Then I put a piece of kibble under each bone to encourage her to pull them up and then all the parts together.
  8. Calliesmom

    Calliesmom Moderator

    Mar 29, 2008
    near Mobile, AL
    what a smart girl Willow is:yes:
  9. Piper's mom

    Piper's mom Moderator

    Jun 26, 2015
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    That’s one smart girl Willow! She whipped through that puzzle in no time!
    Darren, Ron Atkinson and Sandy in CT like this.
  10. Sandy in CT

    Sandy in CT Premium Member

    Aug 5, 2018
    Do you feed all of Willow's meals to her in puzzles? We did puzzles with Brodie when younger, but found that feeding them in their kennels was the best deterrent for inhaling food (except for Kooper - RIP - he'd inhale anything, anywhere and eat the food puzzle if needed). With our dogs, it was more a problem of competition - I need to get mine gone before he comes for it - so was resolved easily. I should bring out my puzzles adn see if Brodie remembers and how Deacon might do.
    Darren and Piper's mom like this.

Share This Page