We know your doggies are loving the YaDoggie Straight-Up Beef and Beef & Sweet Potato treats we debuted this fall, but are you making the most of each morsel? We don’t think dogs should work for their meals, but it can be fun for them to play with their food. We’ve rounded up 5 ways you can incorporate YaDoggie treats into playtime with your pups.

Caution, some DIY suggestions lie ahead, but we promise they are actually doable, and not just fancy Pinterest ideas. Check ‘em out!

#1 – Mad About A Muffin Pan

Cover some treats with tennis balls and let your dog sniff ‘em out.

Supplies:

  • 1 regular-sized muffin pan that can make 12 muffins
  • 12 tennis balls
  • 1-2 bite-sized treat pieces

Instructions:

  1. Place your treats in as many muffin cups (put one piece in one cup, two pieces in two separate cups, etc.).
  2. Cover each cup with a tennis ball
  3. Serve to your pup like the Fun Time Magician you are, and watch them try to figure out where the treats are.

 

#2 – Puzzling Ball

Yes, another tennis ball project!

Supplies:

  • 1 tennis ball
  • Scissors
  • As many treats as you want

Instructions:

  1. Cut a tennis ball open a little bit; it should look like PAC-MAN.
  2. Fill said PAC-MAN mouth-hole with YaDoggie treats.
  3. Give to dog for puzzling fun!

 

#3 – Puzzling Bottle

Same basic concept: stuff treats in something and let dog try to get them out. This time, with a water bottle! Your pup will paw the bottle around trying to get the treats out and will be so thrilled when they do!

Supplies:

  • 1 water bottle
  • Scissors
  • As many treats as you want

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry bottle thoroughly.
  2. Using sharp scissors, cut small holes in the plastic (3-5 holes)
  3. Fill bottle with treats in pieces that can fit through the holes.

 

#4 – Hide n’ Sneak A Treat

We’d all want to play hide and seek if it meant we got a treat at the end, right? This game makes it happen. All you need are plastic cups or cones, and the treats themselves.

Supplies:

  • 5-10 plastic cups or cones
  • As many treats as you want

Instructions:

  1. Set up the cones and cups on the floor (open side down).
  2. Pick up one or two cups or cones, and place treats inside – hiding them from your pup.
  3. Watch your pup go hunting, trying to find the hidden treasure.

 

#5 –  Hide And Seek A Treat

One of our personal faves, especially when played among kiddos and dogs, is hide and seek. All you need are people to play the game, and treats, and really – you and your dog could do this just the two of you. Quality bonding time, and quality treats (for the dog – sorry, you can’t eat them).

Supplies:

  • As many treats as you want.
  • Willing and able human participants.

Instructions:

  1. Tell your dog to sit and stay, then go hide (whoever is playing with you needs to hide at this point, too). If your pup is new to this game, think like a toddler and hide in plain-ish site. Make sure your pup can see your feet, or your back, or part of your body so they know to come find you. The more you play, the better your dog will become at this, and the more inconspicuous you can become.
  2. When your dog finds you, or anyone else playing the game, they get a treat! Ta-Da!

 

Do you have games you like to play with your pup that use treats? These can be great ways to train your dog, or keep their brains busy when they might otherwise be bored on a rainy or quiet day at home. Tell us your ideas and ways your use YaDoggie treats in the comments below!