Some fun KONG Stuffing Ideas

Some fun KONG Stuffing Ideas

So, I don’t know about you, but its HOT here in El Paso.  I don’t think we are going to get out of the 100+ mark for the next 10 days. Since its so hot and my bears have a hard time hanging out in this weather, I’ve found a great way to keep my dogs engaged without the fear of them developing heatstroke.

My plan of attack for the summer is early, early morning runs of 5 or more miles and ending when the sun just started coming up over the horizon.  The air is still pretty warm, but the glaring sun isn’t a factor at 5 or so in the morning and Jack and Bernie can manage. They continue to with the same daily exercise, I don’t mind them having KONG treats when I may step out for a few hours.  Not only are these ideas pretty healthy for dogs, its pretty fun to think of new ways of challenging them.  The best part of it being summer, they can enjoy their KONGs frozen.  Freezing KONGs allow your pups to have a cool treat and it keeps them engaged with it longer.  The added time for licking and figuring out how to get the treats out wears them out mentally.  

Mental activity, such as dog training and treat dispensing toys makes your dog work for his reward.  Him working, will inevitably tire him out, and his energy level will decrease.  This type of activity along with daily exercise early enough in the day or later in the evening, will make your dog a happy dog!

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Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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