Food Scatter

Food Scatter – A favorite Indoor Game

November 15, 2020

Dogs thrive on hunting. They love it. If their favorite toy gets stuck under the couch, they hunt it out. When a piece of food drops on the floor or behind the fridge, they hunt for it.

If your dog did not live with people, it would be hunting for its food. Hunting for food is a normal, natural, and exciting behavior for dogs. They desire it and want to do it.

And we love a dog that behaves and has good manners.

So here’s the thing, most people are very civilized and feed their dog out of a bowl. In actuality, we are taking away a behavior that our dogs love and get very excited by.  We are taking away the opportunity to hunt for its meal. But we can fix that!

Our food scatter games puts hunting back into your dog’s life. It is one of the most popular games in our Indoor Activities To Tire Out Your Dog Series.

How To Play The Food Scatter Game

How many pieces of kibble are in each meal you feed your dog? 1 cup of Hooley’s kibble is about 375 pieces.

Close your dog into its crate or a room.

In the other rooms of your house, hide each piece of kibble in different spots. Put one piece on each leg of a chair, along the baseboard, in each corner. Be creative; just don’t put food in a location that will get your dog into trouble.

Most dogs will spend at least 20 minutes searching the house for food, and this activity is exhausting physically and mentally for dogs.

Have food left over? Go for round 2.

You can see a video of this game here.

By allowing your dog to hunt for its meals, you meet your dog’s need to hunt in a very appropriate way and improve your dog’s behavior and manners so you can enjoy your dog more.

Share It So All Dogs Benefit

Share our  Indoor Activities To Tire Out Your Dog Series. with your friends, family members, and co-workers.  Post it on your social media pages.  We don’t want to keep this fun to ourselves.  We want all dogs to have fun with these activities.

After playing the Food Scatter Game with your dog, let me know in the comments section how much your dog loved the game.  And I love getting videos and pictures of dogs playing these games so send me a picture or video at debbie@humanedogtraining.com or post it to my Facebook page.

Author – Debbie Schaefer

Debbie has spent the last 32 year teaching dog lovers how to successfully turn their rambunctious, rude, disobedient dogs into Well-Mannered companions.

That means there are few bad behaviors Debbie can’t tame or troublesome pups Debbie can’t help turn into well-mannered dogs.

With training, your dog can be a great companion, a fun part of your life.

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