The Challenge for 2017 may be over, but you can (and SHOULD) still Ditch the Bowl with your pet. Take a look around and see why to ditch the bowl, as well as some tips to get you started!
Why Ditch the Bowl?
Did you know that animals of many species, not just dogs, can benefit from using toys and games at mealtime? Puzzle toys and enrichment games can provide mental stimulation (which can be just as tiring, if not more so, than physical exercise), decrease picky eating, help animals lose weight, prevent or solve behavior problems, increase the bond between you and your pet, and they are just plain fun.
When our girls were young (puppies, not children), they presented us with a lot of challenges. As a result, I consulted with several trainers about how to best handle their quirks. There was one constant piece of advice I heard over and over: Ditch the Bowl! I was resistant at first. I thought it wouldn't really make a difference and it would be too much work to sustain long term.
Then I heard from several people that they stopped bowl feeding and their dogs were calmer, happier, and easier to manage. I Finally decided to give it a shot. Just a few days in and already they were seeming calmer and more content.
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