Snuffle Ball ~ Canine Enrichment

Enrichment

noun

  1. an act of enriching
  2. the state of being enriched
  3. something that enriches: the enrichment’s of education and travel.

Now lets add a Canine to that and make it Canine Enrichment:

One standard definition of enrichment is: “Additions to an animal’s environment with which the animal voluntarily interacts and, as a result, experiences improved physical and/or psychological health.”

Types of enrichment: (Behavioral-Environmental) Any stimulus which evokes an animal’s interest in a positive way can be considered enriching, including natural and artificial objects, scents, novel foods, and different methods of preparing foods (for example, frozen in ice). Most enrichment stimuli can be divided into seven groups:[4]

  • Environmental; enhancing the animals’ captive habitat with opportunities that change or add complexity to the environment.
  • Feeding; by presenting food to an animal in different ways, such as hidden, scattered throughout their habitat, buried, or presented differently, natural hunting and scavenging behaviors are encouraged by requiring the animals to investigate, manipulate, and work for their food as they would in non-captive environments. Feeding enrichment is the most common technique used.
  • Manipulation; providing items that can be manipulated by the paws, feet, tail, horns, head, mouth, etc. This promotes investigatory behavior and exploratory play that is often closely related to behaviors that can be seen by the species in a natural, wild habitat. It is not uncommon to see manipulation and feeding techniques combined. Many objects offered to an animal in their habitat can contain treats that require the animal to open, break apart, and/or find the treats through obstacles within the enrichment object.
  • Puzzles; requiring an animal to solve simple problems to access food or other rewards. These puzzles can include puzzle feeders that contain the animal’s meal or manipulation objects that are presented.
  • Sensory; stimulating animals’ senses: visual, olfactory, auditory, tactile, and taste. Olfactory senses can be activated by presenting scents that the animal would encounter while hunting and mating in the wild. Caretakers include prey, predator, and pheromone scents within the enclosure. Auditory senses can be activated by playing recordings of the animal’s natural habitat, animal, and vocalizations that can be heard by the species in the wild.
  • Social; providing the opportunity to interact with other animals, either conspecifics or interspecifics.
  • Training; training animals with positive reinforcement or habituation. This technique not only helps the animal to become mentally stimulated, but also helps to create and form a bond between the animal and his/her caretaker; allowing the caretaker to get a closer look at the animal on a daily basis and allowing for easier daily and veterinary care. ~Wikipedia

Since we are learning that dogs need mental and physical activities to keep them from unwanted behaviors. We are finding more and more ways to enrich their lives so they can become better pets. When becoming better pets the dogs are happy as they are getting much needed mental stimulation and you are happy because your pet isn’t destroying things as it has a job to do when you give it one in enrichment toys. There are many different enrichment toys out there, store bought ones as in puzzles, kong toys, tug-o-jugs and home made ones as in a water bottle with holes and treats in it for the dog to figure out how to get the treats out or like below a snuffle ball. Last October I wrote about a snuffle mat and how that enriches the canines, if you missed it you can read it here. My gang loved their snuffle mat so I decided to do a similar thing using a ball.

I used left over fleece strips from the snuffle mat to fill the ball with holes in it. You stuff the fleece in the ball and then hide your dogs dry kibble in the fleece.

They will smell the kibbles and have to figure out how to get the tasty morsels out. Guilty was a pro at it.

If your pooch is a destroyer and eater of things this enrichment toy might not be the one for you. Guilty was able to pull out the strips of fleece to get at the kibbles, she doesn’t eat fabric so I can use this toy with her but if your dog likes to eat fabric you shouldn’t use to be on the safe side. The ball that I used is the Hol-ee Roller ball from Chewy.com. The ball comes in various sizes so if you have a small dog you can get a small ball. Now that I have a litter of puppies I am excited to try out these enrichment toys.

Speaking of the puppies I made each one of them their very own snuffle mat to take home with them when they go to their new homes. Right now it is a snuggle mat as I put the mats in the whelping box and let the puppies crawl and snuggle in them to leave their scent and moms scent behind so when they are alone in their new home they have something familiar.

 

Guilty’s OFA Hip And Elbow Screening

Guilty turned 2 years old on February 6th that means she is old enough for her OFA (Orthopedic Foundation For Animals) evaluation of her hips and elbows. Since I knew I had puppies coming and would be home bound for a couple of months I got Guilty right in for her evaluation last week.

This time around we tried out a new to us Veterinary Clinic. My pal Tom used this clinic and I’ve heard of others that have as well. I am always being asked where to go for OFA xrays since the famous Dr. Link retired. Well here is your place to go. Dr. Sondel used to work for Dr. Link so he learned from the best. He opened up his own practice which is:

Sondel Family Veterinary Clinic

M, T, W: 8am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 11am – 7pm
Friday: 8am – 4pm

1848 Waldorf Blvd
Madison, WI 53719
P: 608.497.1392
F: 608.497.1395

Our animal hospital offers preventative care, general medical, and surgical care for small animals, with a primary focus on dogs and cats. Dr. Sondel also specializes in canine reproductive care, and you can view the adorable results in our Nursery photos!

Your experience at Sondel Family Veterinary Clinic begins with a warm welcome for your furry family member and a reassuring smile for you. Here your pet will receive top quality care and you’ll receive the information you need to help your pet live the fullest and healthiest life possible.

Dr. Sondel came and greeted Guilty and I, he then took Guilty for her radiographs, she was back in no time, I didn’t even have a chance to grab a Keurig coffee. He led me into the exam room where he showed me Guiltys radiographs and explained what he saw. There was no need for sedation with Guilty as she was a good girl. I’ve heard numerous people tell me their dogs don’t need to be sedated either.

Here are her elbow radiographs, one is of her right elbow and one is her left. 

Here is Guilty’s hip radiograph.

He told me in his opinion she has normal elbows and good/excellent hips. They submitted the radiographs to OFA so I should know the results within a month.

I had a great experience at Sondel Family Veterinary Clinic, I went here so I could know first hand what I was talking about when I recommend clinics to other breeders and friends.

Side note: even if your not a breeder if you own a dog that is large breed or prone to hip dysplasia it is a good idea to do radiographs of the hips even if you don’t plan on breeding. It’s good to know the status so you know what may or may not happen in the future. If the doctor finds something bad you can address it earlier than later. Some surgical procedures need to be done at a certain age frame otherwise you will need to do different surgeries. If your going to do performance events or hunt your dog it’s a good idea as well to know what the hip and elbow status is.

I’ll report back Guilty’s results when I get them.

Happy 2nd Birthday Guilty

Happy Birthday Guilty

Today your 2

Birthday bone from Petlicious Dog Bakery,

Petlicious
Dog Bakery & Pet Spa
2217 Silvernail Road

Pewaukee, WI 53072, USA
Bakery:(262) 548-0923
Spa:(262) 522-7860
info@petlicious.com

And to all my brothers and sisters:

Hope you all have a great Birthday and get lots of treats and pets. To angel Jager I hope Norman and Nellie are throwing you one hell of a party.

 

It’s Official

The 2017 UKC Conformation show season and the Top Ten Standings have been posted. When you show in Conformation in the UKC if your dog wins the class it is showing in and there is competition behind them they will win top ten points one point for each dog that they beat. The top ten dogs with points will be invited to the UKC Premier held in June at Kalamazoo, Michigan. They will show in the Top Ten show and there are semi finals and finals. You compete against all breeds of dogs and try to win over them to become the top ten dog. It’s a big deal in the UKC. I’ve held this position before. Gambler and I were first in the top ten two years in a row. When he went to the Premier we made it to the finals and was amongst the 10 finalists to be chosen from.

Here are the results of 2017 Top Ten Standings

UNJ U-CH Sand Spring Guilt By Association JH THDN CGCU

There is more exciting news, there are 4 other Sand Spring dogs that made the Top Ten. Josey owned by Tom and Irene Pawlisch had a wonderful year, huge congratulations to them this is the second year in a row they were in the top ten. Riggs owned by Roger Glasgow and JoAnn Stancer along with Gambler and Glory owned by JoAnn Stancer earned placements. This is Gambler and Glory’s third time being in the top ten. I’m pretty proud of all the Sand Spring dogs! Now we need to plan our summer vacation to the 2018 UKC Premier!

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Outward Hound Fun Feeder #chewyinfluencer

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Ding dong Chewy.com calling. Can your dog finish a bowl of food in no time flat, do they eat so fast when they are done they forgot they already ate? If so then the Outward Hound Fun Feeder Interactive Dog Bowl is for your pooch.

It’s natural for dogs to play with their food. Add a bit of fun to every bite with a Fun Feeder! Featuring meal-lengthening ridges and mazes, Fun Feeders keep pups engaged for up to 10 times longer at chow time. ~Chewy.com

Guilty is guilty of inhaling her food.

  • Promotes fun, healthy eating
  • Helps prevent bloat, regurgitation & canine obesity
  • Features non-slip base to hold bowl in place
  • Top rack dishwasher safe
  • Made with high-quality, food-safe material, BPA, PVC & phthalate free

Get ready to eat your supper.

Ever since Guilty was a puppy she has been food motivated and a fast eater. She inhales her food and is done before the other dogs. Eating food fast can cause stomach upset so this is the perfect way to slow Guilty down. The feeder has many twist and turns to hold food. It’s deep enough that she has to take her time grabbing the kibbles.

Below is a video of Guilty eating out of a regular bowl. You will see she finishes her food in less than 30 seconds.

The next video is a video of Guilty eating out of the outward hound fun feeder.

I stopped the video at two minutes, by that time she had half the food eaten. It took her about 4-5 minutes to finish her meal. A much slower way to eat and healthier for her.

She had to think about eating vs digging right in and gone.

Guilty might not give this feeder 4 paws up but I do. It’s the perfect feeder for her to help her slow down and enjoy her food. Who doesn’t like to enjoy their food? Now with the Outward Hound Fun Feeder she can enjoy her food and make her brain work at the same time.

The Outward Hound Fun Feeder is on sale right now at Chewy.com for $10.63, two sizes are available in this design, a mini and a regular size.

Why Chewy.com
Because: Chewy.com has more than 300 brands to choose from and is ready to fetch it and ship it, direct to your doorstep, anytime of the day. Have a question regarding the best food for your pet? Call us 24/7 and our helpful customer service team at Chewy.com is ready to listen.
Chewy.com lives and breathes pets. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Chewy.com’s dedicated staff is committed to providing quality pet products to our customers in a fast and easy way. That’s why we have warehouses located throughout the country – so the products are delivered quickly and efficiently. Bottom line, Chewy.com delivers pet happiness – and there’s nothing really better than that. Their products are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed (if your not happy call them and they pay for shipping the item back), they have expert pet care and product advice, over 200 of the best pet brands and 24/7 customer care. Another great benefit of Chewy.com is they have autoship for your pet food needs and orders under $49.00 are a flat rate shipping cost of $4.95.
Chewy.com 200 SW 1st Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 1-800-67-CHEWY
What’s new at Chewy.com? They now have autoship.

I was given one Outward Hound Fun Feeder in exchange for a honest review from Chewy.com.

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Benebone #chewyinfluencer

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Ding dong Chewy.com calling, Benebone Bacon Flavored Wishbone Dog Chew Toy.

Glory and Guilty waiting to try out the Benebone Bacon Flavored Chew Toy.

Benebone’s Wishbone Chew isn’t your dog’s average chew toy. Made with real bacon and durable nylon, the ergonomic wishbone will keep your dog chewing and each prong has deep flavor grooves to keep him interested. As if that wasn’t enough, with your purchase you’ll also be supporting animal welfare nationwide as a portion of all Benebone sales are donated to animal support organizations! ~Chewy

Glory is upset that Guilty gets to try it out first.

  • Made of super-strong nylon and food-grade bacon
  • Deep grooves and ergonomically curved allows pups to get a good bite and increased surface area for improved scent and Flavor
  • No artificial flavor
  • With your purchase you’ll also be supporting animal welfare nationwide as a portion of all Benebone sales are donated to animal support organizations!
  • Benebone is best suited for dogs under 70 pounds

Glory getting a taste of the bacon.

Glory dug right in to the Benebone bacon flavored chew toy, she was able to hold it right between her paws and get a good grip on it so she could chew away.

Gambler trying it out.

Gambler took another approach to the chew toy, he put the wishbone ends down and chewed on the handle.

Yum, bacon!

The whole gang thought the bacon flavoring was something they must try out, they aren’t big chewers unless it’s a real bone, they all chew on it and carry it around like a toy. They have to have something in their mouths so they grab this when trucking around the house, if they feel the need to chew they lay down and give it a chew. Works great as a chewy and a toy. What I like about this is when summer comes they can still chew on it and it won’t stink up the house or make a mess like real bones do. Another thing I like about it is that Benebone sales are donated to animal support organizations.

A name we will continue to have in our household.

Benebone comes in three different sizes mini, regular and jumbo. They are on sale right now $11.59 for the regular size at Chewy.com 

Why Chewy.com
Because: Chewy.com has more than 300 brands to choose from and is ready to fetch it and ship it, direct to your doorstep, anytime of the day. Have a question regarding the best food for your pet? Call us 24/7 and our helpful customer service team at Chewy.com is ready to listen.
Chewy.com lives and breathes pets. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Chewy.com’s dedicated staff is committed to providing quality pet products to our customers in a fast and easy way. That’s why we have warehouses located throughout the country – so the products are delivered quickly and efficiently. Bottom line, Chewy.com delivers pet happiness – and there’s nothing really better than that. Their products are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed (if your not happy call them and they pay for shipping the item back), they have expert pet care and product advice, over 200 of the best pet brands and 24/7 customer care. Another great benefit of Chewy.com is they have autoship for your pet food needs and orders under $49.00 are a flat rate shipping cost of $4.95.
Chewy.com 200 SW 1st Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 1-800-67-CHEWY
What’s new at Chewy.com? They now have autoship.

I was given one benebone in exchange for a honest review from Chewy.com.

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New Year Pheasant Guide For Gambler And Guilty

The gang took December off from any pheasant guides at Loan Oak Shooting Preserve in Montello, WI. The past two weeks we have had sub zero temperatures so the gang runs out to potty and then they come right back in. Stay out any longer and they hold their paws up. To say they are stir crazy is putting it mildly.

Gambler and Guilty were the guide dogs on Sunday. Glory had to stay home since we bred her in December and still haven’t found out if she is preggers or not we decided it was best she stay home and rest. There were 5 guys so Gambler and I took three of them while John and Guilty took the other two. Since I had the camera Gambler got the most pictures taken of him. I was able to catch one photo of Guilty.

The hunt was from 8 to 12 pm. The temperature was finally in the twenty’s, it was still cold but when you were walking and the dogs were running doing something they love to do they didn’t have a problem with the cold. Gambler and Guilty both caught a couple pheasants on their own. They said they didn’t need any guns. They both did an excellent job for the hunters who at the end of the hunt ended up with 31 birds.

A great day was had by all!

Want to book a hunt contact:

LONE OAK SHOOTING PRESERVE

N 3976 Hwy C.

Montello, WI 53949

Call 608-297-7104

Petlandia Books

Petandia Books

A book starring your pets!

My friend passed this Facebook page  Petandia Books onto me knowing I do pet therapy work with the Sand Spring gang so she thought it would be cute to have a book made featuring my dogs so when the kids read to them they would be reading about the dog visiting and having a real live experience.

Guilty got a book of her own, she starred in Guilty Meets Grumpy Cat in Petlandia.

Since Gambler and Glory grew up together and are only 6 months apart in age I thought I should do a combined book with them.

Austin read Gambler and Glory’s Petlandia Roadtrip adventure to Gambler at one of our R.E.A.D sessions. He thought it was pretty cool to be reading about Gambler. He giggled at what Gambler and Glory were doing on their roadtrip. I can’t wait to have more kids read these books to the gang.

Guilty being read to.

Guilty loved having her adventure with Grumpy cat read to her on Wednesday. I loved how the little girl always had a hand on Guilty.

Petlandia is based in the UK. They have an website which is easy to place your order on, you can view it here. They offer a book starring one dog, cat, rabbit or two. You can pick your type of animal that best represents your breed, you can pick the color of your animal as well as the gender.  Their customer service is excellent as I thought I messed up on my order and emailed them right away and they got back to me in a timely manner. I got my books in a few weeks as well and couldn’t be happier with them. They offer free shipping from the UK which I thought was great as I know how much it costs to send stuff over seas.

 

New Pet Therapy Books

Sand Spring Chesapeakes pet therapy team received some new pet therapy books from our dear friend Tracy who is a reading teacher. She follows along with the adventures of Sand Spring and loves the pet therapy work that we do. She knows how much of a difference the dogs make in children’s lives. I don’t have children and don’t know much about children’s books so you can only imagine how excited I was when I received some books in the mail.

5 new books.

It just so happened that I placed a Thirty One order with my friend Teresa who is a Thirty One consultant and my bags arrived the same time I got the books. I got the medium utility tote engraved it with Sand Spring Chesapeakes filled it and everything fit perfect.

My new Thirty One bag.

I also got the double duty caddy that will hold all my small stuff, it fits right into my utility tote. I can keep everything organized now.

Double Duty Caddy

I took my new bags and books and off we went for a R.E.A.D therapy visit. We headed to Fall River Middle School to meet up with a couple of second and third graders. Gambler was my co-pilot for the visit.

The reader today was a girl and she picked out Madeline Finn and the Library Dog.

Gambler laid down and listened very carefully to the story.

She would take a moment to pet Gambler.

Gambler had to lean in as she was reading to him about a dog that was a R.E.A.D dog and a girl was reading to him in school and this girl said “she is reading to him just like I am reading to you”. It was a very cute story and she so enjoyed reading it to Gambler and told him so.

Gambler was hoping she would take a break and give him a little kissy or more like it a treat.

I can’t thank Tracy enough for thinking of us and being our therapy supporters.

Right now Thirty One is having a customer appreciation sale going on until 1/14. If you are in need of anything you can order through my friend Teresa by clicking on her link Thirty One.

 

UKC Conformation Weekend December 2017

December 16-17, 2017 Gambler, Guilty and Josey attended the Dodge County Canine Club UKC dog show in Ixonia, WI. Gambler and Josey competed in Rally O which was held on the Friday before the show, if you missed that post you can view it here.

Gambler and Josey were entered into the grand champion class as they both have their UKC Grand Champion titles, Guilty was entered into the champion class as she only has one leg out of five towards her grand champion title. The class dog goes into the ring first. Guilty was the only class dog so in all four shows she won the champion class. Next into the ring was the grand champions Gambler and Josey, Gambler was first in the class as males go first. I was nervous doing anything with Gambler as we have been training for Rally O and he has a tendency to jump, bite and try to hump me while running the course. He did an excellent job Friday night at Rally O with no shenanigans.  Gambler hasn’t been in the show ring since 2014, I was handling Gambler when all the shenanigans started. When we were asked to go around the ring to show his movement he started jumping, biting and yes humping me. I was pushing him off me, telling him leave it and continuing on around the ring. He really was putting on a good show, I could hear the crowd stop what they were doing and watch us. In the end Gambler took Best Of Breed over Josey. The judge said “boy was he frisky, the movement I did see out of him was really nice so I picked him”. The second show went better as no shenanigans, again the judge picked Gambler for the Best Of Breed. Because he won BOB and qualified in Rally O the night before he received Total Dog status for the dog show and got a nice big red and black ribbon.

Gambler’s ribbons for the weekend.

Since I had entered both Gambler and Guilty I needed help showing one. Sophia handled Guilty, it’s a good thing I had her handing Guilty as she didn’t need to deal with Gamblers shenanigans. She did an excellent job showing her.

Guilty’s ribbons for the weekend.

On Sunday I only entered Gambler in the second show. The first show it was again Guilty in the champion class and Josey in the grand champion class. This time around the judge chose Josey for Best Of Breed. Since she got BOB at the show and qualified in Rally O the night before she too received her Total Dog.

Josey’s ribbons for the weekend.

For the fourth show it was the same line up and the judge picked Guilty for the Best Of Breed. I asked her why she picked Guilty over Gambler and she said she liked them both but she liked Guilty’s broad head better than Gamblers. Since Guilty went BOB she picked up her second leg out of five for her grand champion title.

Everyone’s ribbons.

Guilty

Gambler

Everyone came away winners this weekend. It was a fun weekend with the dogs and friends. Thanks to Sophia for help showing Guilty. It’s nice to have someone able to help me out since I have multiple dogs I want to show. Thanks to Dodge County Canine Club for hosting the show and thanks to the four judges that judged us in the show ring.

I helped steward the rings this weekend, I learned a lot about the different dogs and why the judges picked who they picked. The judges were very nice at explaining things. I have now joined the Dodge County Canine Club so I will be able to help out more at future events. I figure I’m there anyways might as well pass the time doing something.