Just wanted to share a little video of and exercise I did with Luna and Wyatt. We had a rare evening of no upstairs dogs being outside (we live in the basement apartment, and the owners upstairs have 6 dogs) So I decided to feed the pups on the porch. I have several balls I can put their kibble in while working inside, but they always seem to get stuck in corners, under chairs, and everywhere else under creation so I decided to take it outside for a change. I spread the kibble on the porch, making them wait while I did so, and then released them with a “take it.” Well I used take it, and threw in “Wyatt” to release him. We have been using his name, as a release word, but I think it’s time to change that as we also use his name to get his attention. I have used release at the end with him and he seems to get that better. Take it is a general command for both in conjunction with food, toy, or a chew.
I am lucky that neither of our 4-leggers are overly possessive over bones, food, toys. It does help that Wyatt is not pushy and doesn’t really challenge Luna for anything either. They are always supervised during exercises like these though, but the only work I have to do is occasionally hand a bone/kong back to the other as one has managed to take both. I hope to be able to do this exercise with them more often as they seemed to enjoy it.
Have you ever tried something like this with your dogs? Another easy option is to put the food in a big Gatorade or juice bottle and make them figure out how to get it out. Always trying to think of ways to tire out my dogs, hopefully you won’t get bored with the same subject.