Hello !! How’s your weekend going so far ? I thought I’d share with you a cr8tiv way to upcycle and keep your dog entertained for many hours. When my oldest dog Moose and his sister Maggie *R.I.P* were puppies I always left this treat dispenser/toy out while I was away from the house. It kept them occupied for hours on end. Even at 6 yrs. old Moose still finds the bottle treat toy irresistible and Leila who is now 4 months old loves it too.
*Warning : This treat dispenser/toy may result in water bottle hoarding* So what you do is get a water bottle the short stubby 8oz bottles meant for kids work great. Since nowadays most of the water bottles are made of softer plastics it’s easy on their teeth but still entertains the mind. Buy dog treats like Mini Milkbones and Canine Takeout training treats. Wash the bottles in warm water and dry out the inside by taking a wad of paper towel and a butter knife to wipe it dry. Squeeze the wad of paper towel inside the bottle then use the butter knife or other skinny stick to push the paper towel wad around the bottle til it’s completely dry inside. Place the mini milkbones/training treats or your dogs favorite treats inside the bottle … fill it up to about 1/2 full of treats. Give it a shake to get the attention of your pup/dog then toss the bottle onto the floor and the dog will be entertained for several hours trying to retrieve the treats.
Afterwards they may still chew the bottle as the treat scents remain in the bottle I guess. If the bottle is badly chewed or squashed just toss it away in the recycle bin and get a fresh new bottle. What’s great about this is bottles come in many sizes and durability. If you have a large dog who is a strong chewer you can upcycle a gatorade bottle and fill the larger spout with treats a little larger such as medium sized milkbones.
Just remember not to place treats too large that it won’t slide out of the bottle when the dog tinkers with it. Rule of thumb is to place a few treats like 4-5 and shake the bottle upside down. One or few treat should tumble out but not too easily if it all pours out easy try mixing both small and medium sized treats as well as different shapes. This can also be used with dog food just place the dog food into the bottle and give it to your dog as a before meal snack.
My dogs enjoy rolling and using their brain to figure out how to get the treat out of the bottle. It will keep them occupied for quite a while and can be repeated few times a week. Enjoy and feel free to pass this cr8tiv idea on to your other animal lovers. This idea works for cats as well. (n_n) Enjoy !!!