Using Kong Chew Toys to distract your dogs during Christmas
Has the postman started delivering your Christmas orders, presents and cards? As some of you may have already experienced, delivery vans pulling up to your house, knocking on the door or ringing the bell and delivering large boxes may be a source of disruption for your dog. Sometimes this can even be a stressful experience for them or a source of worry and fear.
This is a great time to work on distraction techniques so people visiting becomes a ‘non-event’ in your dog’s life. There a few tips we’d love to share with you that will help when you receive visitors this festive period.
• Firstly it is helpful if you know when the person might be arriving. If this is the postman then this might happen at a similar time each day. If it’s friends arriving then getting them to give you a call when they are near is a great idea.
• As you know when someone is arriving you can then prepare a tasty Kong or puzzle ball for your dog to be busy with whilst you receive your guests. It’s also a good idea if possible to have your dog in a room away from the front door, so the bell ringing or door knocking is less likely to disturb them.
• If the doorbell catches you by surprise, having some kibble on hand to scatter feed them is a great technique to distract your dog.
• If your dog has a really solid recall, you could call him away from the front door! If not – this is a great thing to work on and there are lots of opportunities to do this with Devon Dogs in the New Year.
Kongs are such a great tool, especially at this time of year – they help to maintain a happy and harmonious household when things get hectic! Here’s a link for some are great recipes to use that will keep your dog occupied when you’re busy!
About the Author: Molly Bridge helps out with some of the work in the office at Devon Dogs, particularly with marketing and advertising. She originally trained as a teacher but some of her interests are brand promotion and customer experience. She doesn’t train dogs herself, but is quickly getting used to how the business works! Molly has two Standard Poodles and a Border Collie to keep herself busy with at home!