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Dogs are known for their keen sense of smell. I swear my Sebastian can smell a courier truck from miles away because he always alerts me one minute before the doorbell rings. And if I bring him into a PetSmart, it’s like he is in Heaven!
So I was excited to take Sebastian to PetSmart to get him Purina® Pro Plan® to try out. I have to take caution when selecting food for Sebastian, as anything with corn as the first ingredient results in the two of us staying up ALL night so he can run to the yard and back. Poor baby! But the first ingredient in Purina® Pro Plan® is meat. Not meat by-product, MEAT. In this case, chicken! I’ve learned over the years that quality dog food is extremely important, and that particularly includes the ingredients.
So let’s combine Purina® Pro Plan® with a fun way to train your dog.
Training Sebastian’s nose was important to me when we were taking classes five years ago. Sebastian and I will teach you how to creatively train your dog to use his sniffer by combining three things a dog needs: 1) Food, 2) Physical Activity, and 3) Brain games!
When you introduce your dog to a new food, it’s important that he know everything from the look and location of the bag, to the sounds that are made when the food is being scooped out, to the scent of the food.
I find a fun way to entice your dog to a new food is by playing games with it. It makes for great bonding time, and he gets to do so much work just to get a meal that he will be ready for a big nap afterwards.
Here’s an easy trick you can teach your dog to do – the shell game! Once you learn it, you can gear up for a backyard Easter Egg Hunt that you and your pooch will enjoy!
For the shell game, you’ll need the following:
3 “shells,” such as small cups or easter egg halves
Quality dry dog food, such as Purina® Pro Plan®
Thin, flat cardboard (I use the back side of a frozen pizza box)
1. Put some of the dog food in one shell.
2. Carefully place the shell onto the cardboard with the two other shells. Make sure your dog sees which shell has the food.
3. Rearrange the shells, much like in a street shell game or three-card monte.4. Say, “choose!” and point to the shells. Don’t worry if he doesn’t select the right one at first! Just say “Uh-oh!” and let him continue.
5. As soon as he finds the right shell, say, “YES!” and continue to praise him as he enjoys his food!
If it all goes down well, it should look a little something like this:
With this, you can easily do an easter egg hunt. Sebastian and I have one every Easter! I fill eggs with treats and food, we go out to the yard, and he sniffs out for the eggs. as soon as he finds one, he touches it with his nose and looks at me. I always praise him with a “YES!” right before picking up the egg and putting it in his Easter basket.
And if your dog gets REALLY good at this food-detection thing, he will be able to solve a puzzle like this:
Purina Pro Plan is under each one of those pegs, and Sebastian got it all!
Video or it didn’t happen, you say? Check out Seabass in action! (Warning: Prepare for my puppy talk.)
My dog is a genius. I know yours is, too!
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