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Sebastian trains his nose with Purina® Pro Plan® #ProPlanPet #ad

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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.)

Sebastian solves his puzzle. Purina Pro Plan is hidden under the pieces. #ProPlanPet #ad #cbias

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My dog is a genius. I know yours is, too!

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  • Jenna Wood March 11, 2015, 3:58 pm

    I’ve seen the training mealtime toys before but never the egg game idea, that is so fun and clever! My dog inhales food so she’d have to work on her ‘leave it’ first, but I think we’ll give it a try! #client

  • Dianna Davis March 11, 2015, 9:00 pm

    I have never seen this ,meal trainer before, let alone played a game with their foods before. Sounds like alot a fun. You have a smart little dog.

  • anita March 13, 2015, 3:09 am

    This is so cute. I train my dog’s nose too, but instead of the mental stimulation toys, I would hide treats around the house and he would sniff them out.

    • Bellesouth
      March 13, 2015, 11:41 pm

      Hahahaha, Sebastian likes to do something similar. He likes to hide rawhides! One time, when my mom was very sick and had just been taken by ambulance to the hospital, Sebastian went all around the house, gathered every rawhide he had hidden, and placed them all on my bed. It makes me cry to think about it!

  • Sandra Watts March 13, 2015, 8:59 am

    That is a great way to train your dog. Love your photos too. Very cute dog.
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  • Dorothy Boucher March 13, 2015, 9:57 am

    I love that you show in detail with not only words but pictures of the dog food, Also I do have to say I like what this product has inside it.
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  • Ronald G March 13, 2015, 11:38 am

    It is incredible what you have trained your dog to do…it must have brought you tremendous enjoyment. My niece has trained (including obedience and agility schooling) to make the two dogs do absolutely amazing tricks. You two would quickly become fast friends as your love for the “family pets” shines through

  • Debbie Petch March 13, 2015, 6:27 pm

    It is a total waste not to train your dog as best as you can. You can also evaluate your dog’s intelligence with these games.

  • Ann Cluck March 13, 2015, 6:40 pm

    Never had to train my pup to eat. Only had one kind of dog food she didn’t like and it was a cheap brand.

    She loves Pro Plan!!

  • Jody Arbogast March 13, 2015, 7:19 pm

    My dog passed away August 2013 and he was so picky about his food. Dry dog food, I had problems with. There was certain colors he wouldn’t eat. He was a funny dog. He always knew where his food was. Thank you so much for sharing!! (-:

    • Bellesouth
      March 13, 2015, 11:38 pm

      This week has been a battle with Sebastian! He and I fought over whether he should eat food out of his bowl or out of his giant food dispenser. Tonight, I raised my white flag and gave him his food dispenser. He loves that thing!

  • Hana March 13, 2015, 10:21 pm

    Thanks for your feedback.
    And sounds like you have a one furry, loving genius! 😉

    PURINA, many years ago when I first started discovering that Friskies and other general brand name cat foods were disgusting and not safe (by products, so much corn, chicken meal, etc.), went to first animal event that PURINA was a sponsor and pointed these things out. This got to me to switch to PURINA. But then afterward, I found out further (when internet got bigger and more people because aware of the danger of pet food) that it was not one of the all natural cat/dog foods but the in between level company.

    What are your thoughts on that now? Do you give any fully natural dog food brands?
    We give ones like Wellness, Avo, Rachel Rae, etc. now. Thanks. Would be helpful

    • Bellesouth
      March 13, 2015, 11:34 pm

      Hi, Hana! Thanks for your comment. I consider Purina® Pro Plan® to be a higher-quality food. Sebastian has horrible GI reactions to, say, foods you can purchase at grocery stores. This is sold exclusively at specialty stores like PetSmart, and I believe the only non-pet-related online retailer that sells it is Amazon. Sebastian has had minimal reactions to this food – and he loves it. Check my Pets section for more info on the natural brands I have tried. And subscribe to get more info in the future! Always happy to educate and I am ALWAYS learning new things.

    • Dianne Messina March 17, 2015, 6:16 pm

      We’ve been using AvoDerm for the last 2 years. It’s good for dogs with hair, Harley is a Maltese, and the company is dedicated to healthy dogs. Many brands are starting to use better ingredients in their dog foods. I use to check brands before I buy. They use a algorithm to determine the quality of the ingredient list (not the source of the individual ingredients).

  • Enrique Herrera March 13, 2015, 10:43 pm

    What a lovely review. Currently looking into different dog food, for our dog. :)

  • Michele P March 16, 2015, 6:47 pm

    great review, I loved the photos as well. I’ve put treats in something similar with my cats, but never even thought you could do it with a dog.

  • K. Finn March 16, 2015, 10:16 pm

    I just bought a bag of Pro Plan for my dog and plan on using the rebate. The version I bought has Chicken as the number 1 ingredient, then barley (one of the better grains for dogs), and then dried egg. I haven’t tried it yet, but Rocky enjoyed sniffing the bag.

    • Bellesouth
      March 17, 2015, 11:33 pm

      They were stocking the Pro Plan when Sebastian and I went to the store. You should have seen him! His nose was very happy!

  • Dianne Messina March 17, 2015, 6:12 pm

    According to the nice manager at PetSmart, the triangle shape is the new preferred shape for dog food. A lot of brands are switching to smaller triangle food bits. (Tiny ones for the tiny dogs)

  • Tammy Woodall April 13, 2015, 7:53 pm

    I’m going to have to give Purina Pro Plan a try. I think my dog would like that the first ingredient mentioned is meat.
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