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MODERN DOG MAGAZINE 

"Studies have shown that, just like people, dogs that don’t use their brains lose some of the higher functions such as problemsolving ability. One of the best things you can do is to provide mental stimulation for your dog. This will help to slow the neurological (brain) signs of aging. Taking your dog for regular walks and varying the route, playing with her, teaching her new tricks and giving her puzzle toys will all help her to use her brain and stay sharp." See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/brain-food-dogs/24143

 

 

ABC NEWS 

"For today's house dogs, though, eating means simply a trip to the food bowl, a kindergarten-level skill that has but a single step: consumption. Our dogs are still wired to work, but they've become permanent couch potatoes that are lucky to get a couple of short walks a day.

 

They're "born retired," and this out-of-the-wild lifestyle often means behavioral problems: excess barking, leash pulling or chewing furniture when they need mind and body stimulation they're no longer getting. Too often, these problems put their lives at risk, when fed-up pet owners dump them at animal shelters, where they may not find new homes.

And it's all so unnecessary, when you can give a dog a food puzzle to work off energy, work their brain, enrich their lives.

 

Food puzzles are toys designed to be filled with kibble, small treats, even frozen foods that encourage dogs to work to get to the goodies. Instead of mindlessly emptying the food bowl, the dog has to hunt to bring down the "prey" and work for a long time to eat what would have once taken a minute to do. Eating out of food puzzles takes memory, skill and manipulation, all of which help our dogs find healthier, less-destructive ways to release pent-up energy."

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http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Pets/tips-pet-food-puzzles-solve-behaviorial-problems/story?id=10773814