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FAQ's

Feeding Dogs

How much should I feed my dog?

For starters, take your dog to the vet. Get your dog weighed, have the vet give him a physical examination, and talk about whether or not the amount of food you’re currently serving is appropriate.



Next, take a look at the label on your dog’s food and look for a dog feeding chart. Dog feeding charts look straightforward, but they’re not as cut and dry as you might think. For starters, dog food bags typically give an estimate like, “for dogs 10-30 pounds, feed ½-1 ½ cups.” An overly generalized statement like this isn’t very helpful. If you have a 20-pound dog who lays around all day and has no interest in exercising, feeding him the maximum amount would almost certainly lead to unhealthy weight gain. Alternatively, an active dog who zips around all the time probably needs more calories than would be provided by the lower end of the range.



If you are feeding your dog Wellness Core or Harrington’s you will find easy-to-follow guidelines both on our website under each product, and also on the actual packaging.



Source: petmd.com

What are the best foods for dog?


When comparing food brands some of the keys to look for is the amount of protein, the protein source, the mount of Omega-3 & -6, and whether or not the food contains fillers, by-products, grains and wheat. A high quantity of high quality protein in your pet food is really important and a named meat or fish (or meat meal or fish meal) should be the very first ingredient listed on the label. Pure and Wholesome doesn’t sell any pet food with ambiguous descriptions like “meat by-products”. A lot of economy pet foods as well as some premium foods are made from cheap ingredients,chemicals, additives and by-products that we don’t believe are great for any pet. These low quality and artificial ingredients are harder than natural ingredients for your pet to digest and therefore the nutrients that are present often pass right through your pet’s digestion without being absorbed. A number of now common pet allergies, skin and digestion problems are thought to be result of poor quality food.



For a healthy and happy dog with a shiny coat we want to feed him or her high quality foods that contains everything their body needs to function! We strongly recommend Wellness Core or Harrington’s. Wellness Core is a top class type of food while Harrington’s is a premium brand that is a bit more price competitive.

Is grain-free dog food better?

Not all pets have a grain or gluten allergy and grains are not necessarily bad in pet food. Grain free foods do however more closely resemble dog’s and cat’s natural (ancestral) diet. Dogs and cats have a limited ability to extract nutrients from non-meat sources so we believe that the key is ensuring a high quality protein diet, that any grains included have excellent nutritional value and are in proper proportion to meat.

Grains are much cheaper than meat and many lower quality pet food brands use grains as a filler to help pets feel full but with little or no nutritional value. Corn and wheat are still the most common cheap fillers used.

Some pet owners choose to avoid grains altogether as pets do find them difficult to digest and some pets develop a grain allergy which can lead to digestive lining damage, leaky gut, bowel inflammation, increased flatulence and skin irritations.

Wet vs Dry Dog Food

There are pros and cons to both wet and dry pet food but we believe it’s best to provide your pet with a varied and balanced diet so don’t be scared to use both wet and dry food and mix things up a bit.

Pets often enjoy wet food more. Dogs and cats have fewer taste buds than us and so food with a stronger flavour, as wet food often has, is much more attractive to them. Wet food also provides much needed hydration and is a great choice if your pet is a reluctant drinker. As pets get older they can also lose their sense of smell, (which explains their passion for stinky wet food!), their teeth get brittle and they are less able to cope with dry food.

High quality dry food on the other hand can be more nutritionally dense, is much more convenient and tidier to feed with, keeps better and some are formulated to clean your pet’s teeth as they eat. Dry food can often be a more economic choice however it’s worth remembering that whole meats like chicken, beef and lamb contain 75% water which evaporates in dry food. So if a whole meat is listed first, then make sure that the next ingredient listed is a specified meat meal (for example lamb meal or chicken meal) to ensure that the protein in the food comes from an animal source and not grains. If the dry food lists a whole meat first, followed by a grain this means that most of the protein in the food derives from grains which is less nutritionally available to your pet. Requiring carnivores to get their protein amino acids from grains is considered to be a contributor to pet obesity and allergies.

Can I just switch to another food brand?
When switching to a new food brand, there are a few things to keep in mind. Especially if you are switching from a budget brand to a premium one your dog may react to the higher amount of protein by getting an upset stomach. The best way to avoid this, and to have a smooth transitioning, is to replace your old food with the new one over a few days, according to the suggestion below;

- Day 1: Mix 20% of the new food with 80% of the old.
- Day 2: Mix 40% of the new food with 60% of the old.
- Day 3: Mix 60% of the new food with 40% of the old.
- Day 4: Mix 80% of the new food with 20% of the old.
- Day 5: Feed 100% of the new food.

*If at any point during this process your dog stops eating or develops vomiting or diarrhea, do not feed any more of the new food and call the office.

Source: petmd.com
What is an ideal weight for my dog?

Ensuring your dog is at an optimal body weight is an essential part of maintaining good health. The following Body Condition Score chart is based on a 1-5 point scale:

(1 = emaciated and 5 = obese). This chart is a useful technique to assess the condition of your dog, it is however, only intended to be used as a guide, if your dog does not fall into the ‘ideal’ range we suggest you consult your vet for further advice.

1. Emaciated
Easily visible ribs, lower back and pelvic bones. No visible covering of fat, obvious waist and abdominal tuck. Absence of any muscle mass.

2. Thin
Easily felt ribs, minimum covering of fat, waist easily noted when viewed from above and visible abdominal tuck.

3. Ideal
Ribs felt but without excess fat covering, waist noted behind ribs when viewed from above. Abdomen tucked up when viewed from the side.

4. Overweight
Ribs felt but with an excess covering of fat. Waist still observed from above but not as prominent. Abdominal tuck may be absent.

5. Obese
Ribs not easily felt under a large covering of fat. Waist and abdominal tuck not discernible. Fat deposits on lower back and base of tail. May observe signs of obvious abdominal distention.

How can I help my overweight dog to lose weight?

- Cut back on the amount of food you are feeding by 10% in the first instance, but you may need to cut back further

- Make sure you feed your dog good quality foods that does not contain too much fat, wheat or unnecessary fillers. Both Wellness Core and Harrington’s are good options.

- Increase the amount of exercise your dog takes if possible. This can include throwing a ball for him whilst on your normal walk.

- If you currently feed any treats, use part of your dogs daily food allowance for this

- If your dog still appears hungry when he has been fed, you could try soaking the food in a little water before you feed it. This swells the food and leaves your dog feeling more satisfied.

- If your dog is a fast eater, try to slow him down, that way he will register that he is full sooner. You can do this by making him work to get his food, using a Fun Feeder™ (link) instead of a regular bowl, for example.

- The main thing is to feed the right amount of food for the energy he is using. If you feed less than this he will lose weight, if you feed more he will gain weight.

How can I deal with a fussy eater?

- Try and get your dog into a routine when feeding, some dogs can become fussy eaters if they have access to food all day - If your dog is mainly eating dry food, you can make his or her bowl more exciting by trying to add some wet food. Remember to remove about 1/3 of a cup of dry food for every 6 oz (170 g) of wet food (see our wet dog foods). - You could try to moistening the food, heat up in the microwave for up to 1 minute and allow to cool.

- If you have any concerns regarding your dogs eating habits, always talk to your vet as a loss of appetite could be a sign of illness

- Try disguising pills by wrapping in a favourite food, small pieces of meat or cheese can work well.

How can I deal with a greedy eater?
- Try positioning the dog bowl a little way off the ground. This will help prevent a greedy dog from gobbling food.

- If your greedy dog develops food aggression we advise talking to a local dog training school as they should be able to help you.

- Instead of using a regular feeding bowl, try a Fun Feeder. They can keep pups engaged for up to 10 times longer, which improves digestion.
What should I think about when it comes to senior dogs??

- To help prevent weight gain try feeding smaller portions 2 to 3 times a day. This helps to increase an older dog's metabolism and burn calories.
- Older dogs need mental stimulation just as much as a younger dogs, so you can still introduce new games, toys and maintain their training. Take a look at our interactive Nina Ottosson Toys.
- Swimming and walking can help reduce joint stiffness in an older dog, however be careful not to over-exercise and if you have any concerns talk to your vet.
- Older dogs may need to have comfort breaks more often than a younger dog.
- Older dogs can benefit fromusing joint supplements such as Glucosamine and Chondroitin.

Whimzees

How do Whimzees Dental Chews Clean Teeth?

Our dental chews are designed to help remove plaque and tartar for dogs by mechanically scrubbing the tooth. With a firm texture and unique designs, WHIMZEES® encourage a longer chew time for extended cleaning and feature nubs and ridges to help clean hard to reach places similar to the bristles on a toothbrush.

Are the sizing guidelines important to follow?

YES! Always choose the correct treat size for your dog. As with any edible product, it is important that pet parents monitor their dog to ensure the treat is adequately chewed. Swallowing any item without thoroughly chewing can be harmful to a dog. Not suitable for dogs less than 5 lbs. Not suitable for dogs under 3 months, and dogs 3 months to 9 months should only be chewing WHIMZEES® Puppy chews.

Why is dental care important to a dog's health?

Dental care is important to a dog’s health because lack of dental care can lead to dental disease. Dental disease is a very common health issue, affecting 80% of dogs with groups with small breeds and senior dogs at the greatest risk. Dental disease includes any health issue affecting the mouth, including inflammation, tartar, gingivitis and periodontal disease. Since 2006, there has been a 23.3 percent rise in the prevalence of dental disease in dogs, with steady growth each year. Prevention early in life may help reduce the frequency and severity of dental disease later in a dog’s life.

If I give my dog a dental chew, do I still need to get his teeth cleaned?

Every dog’s teeth will be different and the best care for them is a combination of dental chews, tooth brushing and annual dental checkups. The good news is that by actively helping reduce plaque buildup on a daily basis, pet owners can promote an overall healthier mouth for their dog that can lower the need or delay the requirement for costly veterinary dental cleans.

How digestible are Whimzees

The unique fiber structure and use of potato starch as a key ingredient in WHIMZEES® ensure these chews are specially designed to be easily broken down once digested. It is always important for dog parents to follow feeding guidelines and size recommendations, monitor their dog while chewing and ensure they have access to plenty of fresh drinking water.

Is there any advice for making dental care a habit?

Plaque can start to accumulate in as little as 24 hours so optimal plaque control for dogs ideally needs to be administered daily. Most dogs enjoy gnawing and chewing so giving them a tasty dental chew such as WHIMZEES® on a daily basis not only is a way to look after their teeth but it also provides a reward they look forward to it. When used on a daily basis, WHIMZEES® has been proven to lower plaque, dramatically reducing the need for veterinary teeth cleaning, promoting healthier teeth, gums and fresher breath. In terms of making dental care a habit, we suggest weaving it into other daily routines like breakfast or dinner time, or at times when you brush your own teeth!

Aren't all dental chews the same?

While dental chews all focus on encouraging a dog to chew and have some form of mechanical abrasion on their teeth to remove the plaque and tartar, chews work in different ways. With a firmer texture, WHIMZEES® chews are proven to reduce plaque, tartar and bad breath, and best of all – WHIMZEES® are 2x more effective at reducing plaque than the leading competitor dental chews and are proven to last 3x longer than the leading chew.

Other dental chews are softer - how do they work?

The chewy textures of other dental chews are designed to encourage a dog’s tooth to sink into the product with each bite to mechanically abrade the teeth. Compared to WHIMZEES®, leading brands with softer dental chews have been shown to be inferior at plaque reduction, have significantly lower chew times and not reach the hard to reach teeth at the back of the mouth as well.

What are the features and benefits of a Whimzees dental chew?

Effective Dental Cleaning: 2x more effective than the leading competitors at removing plaque*Longer Chew Time: The carefully chosen ingredients and patented high tech production process of WHIMZEES® deliver a firmer dental chew. The firmer texture promotes a longer chew time for increased cleaning time as well as naturally help to polish a dog’s teeth while chewing. WHIMZEES® treats occupy dogs for a long time – proven to last 3X longer than leading competition.*Unique Composition: WHIMZEES® use the very best all natural ingredients to create a dental chew that not only supports a dog’s dental health but one that also supports digestion, making it perfect to be fed on a daily basis.Unique Shapes: Grooves help work the chew into smaller spaces between dogs teeth, hollow shapes and spaces allow teeth to grip and chew more evenly and unique ridges & nubs encourage blood flow through the gums to help prevent bad breathHypo-allergenic: No wheat, no grains (excluding rice bone) and Non-GMO to create a naturally hypo-allergenic treat that is suitable for every dog, especially ones with ingredient sensitivities.Vegetarian: WHIMZEES® does not contain any animal proteins for dogs that are suffering dietary intolerances.Limited, All Natural Ingredients: WHIMZEES®.

Is it true Whimzees Dental Chews are 'too hard' and increase the risk of dental fracture?

The patented textures of WHIMZEES® Dental Chews contain higher levels of natural dietary fiber to deliver a firmer and longer lasting chew. Once a dog starts to chew or gnaw their WHIMZEES®, the salivary glands are stimulated causing an increased production of saliva into the mouth which helps to soften the texture of a WHIMZEES®. This lets WHIMZEES® deliver superior dental cleaning while also helping minimize the risk of dental fracture. As with any edible product, we always recommend dog parents select the correct size dental chew for their dog and monitor their dog while chewing.

How digestible are Whimzees dental chews?

The unique fiber structure and use of potato starch as a key ingredient in WHIMZEES® ensure these chews are specially designed to be easily broken down once digested. It is always important for dog parents to follow feeding guidelines and size recommendations, monitor their dog while chewing and ensure they have access to plenty of fresh drinking water.

Why don't you recommend Whimzees for puppies younger than 9-month-old?

At WHIMZEES®, we have developed our chews specifically to help remove plaque and tartar for adult dogs. In order to do so, they need to have specific shape characteristics and they need to have certain hardness. Young dogs with deciduous teeth aren’t always capable of adequately chewing our products and they are still developing their strong swallowing reflexes. As a result, they may be at a higher risk of a dental fracture or biting off and swallowing a fragment that is too large. As such in order to always promote total wellbeing as well as dental health we do not recommend WHIMZEES® for puppies less than 9 months of age. However, we have specifically formulated WHIMZEES® puppy chews, for puppies 3 + months.

Are all Whimzees Dental Chews Vegetarians?

WHIMZEES® are made using limited, all natural, vegetable-based ingredients. We do not use any ingredients that have been made by or from animals or animal byproducts, which makes every dental chew vegetarian. The high quality ingredients that we use are all certified on this topic.

Is the Whimzees Dental Chews Packaging Recyclable?

Our packaging is recyclable but since our products are sold across a global market, we always recommend that pet parents check with the country/local regulations on the how and the where. The bags cannot be recycled in the US or Canada.

When I buy my Whimzees Dental Chew in the bulk box, is it still fresh?

WHIMZEES® Dental Chews use only the highest quality natural ingredients to deliver a fun and functional dental chew for dogs. Using only all natural ingredients WHIMZEES® chews may adapt slightly in the natural environment becoming more flexible in warmer humid climates and appearing more firm in the cooler dry months. You can be assured that the functional benefit of our WHIMZEES® Dental Chew will maintain the same regardless of the environment and we always strongly advise store staff to ensure bulk boxes are replenished with suitable rotation principles to ensure you always receive the freshest WHIMZEES® Dental Chews.

Old Mother Hubbard

What are the benefits of Cranberry Fiber in our tartar biscuit?

Cranberry fiber has antimicrobial properties which help to keep a clean mouth. Cranberries are beginning to be used in natural human toothpastes as well!

Are the Mother's Solutions okay to eat every day?

Yes, they are. There are feeding instructions on the Hip & Joint product to ensure the proper delivery of Glucosamine Hydrochloride and Chondroitin Sulfate. If you have a dog with particular issues, we do recommend that you seek your veterinarian’s advice before feeding anything new to your animal.

Why do some of the products have caution statements on them about staining?

All of the crunchy products that have turmeric in the ingredients carry a caution statement. Turmeric is an all natural spice which is bright yellow in color – we use it to color our products naturally. However, when combined with the saliva in a dog’s mouth, it can sometimes create yellow staining.

Which crunchy Old Mother Hubbard treats are wheat free?

Our wheat-free option in the OMH crunchy line is Chick’N’Apples.

Wellness CORE

How should I transition my dog or cat to Wellness?

The best way to transition onto a new food is to gradually introduce the food by mixing it with the old diet.This is particularly important when the new food is much tastier than the old, as is the case with Wellness. Mixing the food will allow the dog to acclimate to the new taste and not overindulge on the new food.

- When food transition is not an option, there are a few ways to ensure a good transition:
Feed multiple, smaller volume meals. This will decrease the likelihood of over-consumption and provide for a more consistent, firm stool. This is an especially good option for puppies and senior dogs.
- Add clean warm water to the food to help soften it.
- Add a digestive aid such a boiled brown rice or sugar-free canned pumpkin

What is the shelf life of Wellness Natural Pet Food?

Wellness dry foods have an expiration of 18 months from date of manufacture. Wellness canned foods have an expiration of 3 years from date of manufacture. Dog & cat plastic cups have an expiration of 2 years from date of manufacture.

What does "natural" pet food mean?

Natural means we use ingredients that are derived from plants, animals and minerals in our recipes and that Wellness pet food contains no artificial preservatives or colors.

How long can I store an opened can of Wellness wet food in the refrigerator?

If the canned food is well covered or sealed from the surrounding environment, the food should last up to 3-4 days. It is advised to consume before this time. The storage conditions and general hygiene of the refrigerator, as well as how long the food has sit out exposed will have determining effects on the safe storage of the canned diets.

Is all of your wet food packaging BPA-free?

All of our plastic cups and cans are now BPA-free. Previously, the lids on our 12.5 oz and 13.2 oz sizes were the last to transition to BPA-free. To confirm that a 12.5 oz or 13.2 oz can is BPA-free, please look for an expiration date of March 2021 or later.

Why do your products sometimes vary in size, shape, color, texture or aroma?

Wellness products are natural, and as a result, you may experience product that looks slightly different in texture, color, shape, aroma and consistency from time to time. This is a function of natural products in general, but also raw material fluctuations and the manufacturing process. Please be assured that even though the product may look different from batch to batch, its superior nutritional value, palatability and safety does not change.

Why are some Guaranteed Analysis (GA) levels minimums and others maximums? Do you choose how to list them?

Minimum and maximum claims for each nutrient are established by AAFCO. The only necessary claims a pet food must make are for Crude Protein, Fat, Fiber, and Moisture. 

Protein is always a minimum claim
Fat is always a minimum claim
Fiber is always a maximum claim
Moisture is always a maximum claim 

While these are the only nutrients mandated by AAFCO to carry min/max claims, ash may voluntarily be listed, but must be listed as a maximum guarantee. Any vitamins, minerals or live microorganisms (probiotics) may be labeled with a minimum guarantee. We're proud to be one of the only pet food manufacturers who are able to include guaranteed levels of probiotics on our dry food recipes. Probiotics can help improve digestion and immune system function.

Nina Ottosson

Which difficulty level should I choose for my dog?

Think about crossword puzzles for us humans, we need to start easier to understand the concept, and step by step advance to more difficult versions. If we start too difficult, we will be frustrated and finally give up. A dog who doesn't understand how a puzzle works, can by instinct start chewing their way into the treats, instead of working for them, which is completely normal for a dog if we don´t teach them the playing rules, and how the puzzle works.

Easy Level 1
Suits beginners, puppies, dogs who have never played before, and if you are unsure if your dog like puzzle solving for treats. Perfect as slow feeders for dogs

Medium Level 2
Suits all kind of dogs, in all sizes and ages.

Advanced Level 3
When your dog has mastered level 2 puzzles, you can move up to a more advanced challenging puzzle.

Expert Level 4
When your dog has mastered level 3 puzzles, you can move up to the expert level. Congratulations and good luck!

Recommendations for puppies

For puppies, I recommend games that do not have loose parts or alternatively have large parts. Puppies do not know the rules of the game, so show how the game works, play together, and when you play and have fun, you can at the same time teach the dog the usual commands such as, sit, wait, go ahead, which puppies learn very quickly during positive learning.

Dog Tornado
- Difficulty level 2
- Without the locking white blocks, it's an easier game
- Adding the white locking blocks makes it more difficult
- Tie strings in the white blocks to make them easier to lift up
- Teach your puppy that the white blocks are not interesting, it’s what is underneath them that is interesting

Dog Hide ´N Slide
- Difficulty level 2
- No removable parts
- For an easier game place treats in all base compartments, and cover with cups or flaps.
- To make it more difficult place treats INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should push the cups until the treat falls out in a base compartment

Recommendations for small dogs

All small dogs can handle all games regardless of size, it's usually we who set the limits for them, but the following games are the easiest to handle for them

Dog Treat Maze
- Difficulty level 2
- Fill with dry kibble/food or treats in the centre hole on both sides
- Make it easier by placing some treats in the outgoing holes, for an immediate reward

Dog Hide ´N Slide
- Difficulty level 2
- No removable parts
- For an easier game place treats in all base compartments, and cover with cups or flaps
- To make it more difficult place treats INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should push the cups until the treat falls out in a base compartment

Dog Brick
- Difficulty level 2
- For an easier game, remove the white blocks and hide treats only under the sliding bricks
- More difficult, hide treats under the sliding bricks, the white blocks and inside the open/close flip lids

Dog Worker
- Difficulty level 3
- No removable parts
- For an easier game place treats only in all base compartments, also under the spinning wheel, and cover with cups or flaps
- To make it more difficult place treats also INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should rotate the spinning wheel and push the cups until the treats fall out into a base compartment

Recommendations for medium sized dogs

Can use all our games, but these are the ones that are good to start with in our different levels of difficulty.

Dog Tornado
- Difficulty level 2
- Without the locking white blocks, it's an easier game
- Adding the white locking blocks makes it more difficult
- Tie strings in the white blocks to make them easier to lift up

Dog Twister

- Difficulty level 3
- For an easier game place treats in all compartments
- To make it more difficult push in the white handles to lock all sliding bricks on top
- Tie strings in the white handles to make it easier to pull them out


Recommendations for large sized dogs

Can use all our games, but what usually matters are their strength when they play, if the dog is more careful or tough.These games are the ones that are good to start with in our different levels of difficulty, if you don't know how your dog will works with the games

Dog Hide ´N Slide
- Difficulty level 2
- No removable parts
- For an easier game place treats in all base compartments, and cover with cups or flaps.
- To make it more difficult place treats INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should push the cups until the treat falls out in a base compartment

Dog Brick
- Difficulty level 2
- For an easier game, remove the white blocks and hide treats only under the sliding bricks
- More difficult, hide treats under the sliding bricks, the white blocks and inside the open/close flip lids

Dog Worker
- Difficulty level 3
- No removable parts
- For an easier game place treats only in all base compartments, also under the spinning wheel, and cover with cups or flaps
- To make it more difficult place treats also INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should rotate the spinning wheel and push the cups until the treats fall out into a base compartment

Dog Casino
- Difficulty level 3
- No removable parts
- For an easier game, place treats in the drawers, and the white bones in unlocked position.
- To make it more difficult, place treats in the drawers and twist the bones on top to lock the drawers
- Tie strings in the orange handles to make them easier to pull out.

Recommendations for flat nosed dogs

Most short-nosed dogs can use all our games, because it's the tongue that will pick up the treats, not the nose, but these games are the ones that are best for them to start with in our different levels of difficulty.

Dog Smart
- Difficulty level 1
- Tie strings in the white blocks to make it easier to lift them up

Dog Tornado
- Difficulty level 2
- Without the locking white blocks, it's an easier game
- Adding the white locking blocks makes it more difficult
- Tie strings in the white blocks to make them easier to lift up

Dog Brick
- Difficulty level 2
- For an easier game, remove the white blocks and hide treats only under the sliding bricks
- More difficult, hide treats under the sliding bricks, the white blocks and inside the open-close flip lids

Dog Casino
- Difficulty level 3
- No removable parts
- For an easier game, place treats in the drawers, and the white bones in unlocked position
- To make it more difficult, place treats in the drawers and twist the bones on top to lock the drawers
- Tie strings in the orange handles to make them easier to pull out

Recommendations for beginners

If you are unsure if your dog likes to play games, then I recommend that you start with one of these games, they are easier for the dog to use, and can be made both easier and a little harder.

Dog Smart
- Difficulty level 1Tie strings in the white blocks to make it easier to lift them up

Dog Tornado

- Difficulty level 2
- Without the locking white blocks, it's an easier game
- Adding the white locking blocks makes it more difficult
- Tie strings in the white blocks to make them easier to lift up

Dog Brick
- Difficulty level 2
- For an easier game, remove the white blocks and hide treats only under the sliding bricks
- More difficult, hide treats under the sliding bricks, the white blocks and inside the open-close flip lids

Dog Hide 'N Slide

- Difficulty level 2
- No removable parts
- For an easier game place treats only in all base compartments, and cover with cups or flaps
- To make it more difficult place treats also INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should push the cups until the treat falls out in a base compartment

Clever and food motivated dogs

These games are our most advanced, suitable for smart and highly food motivated dogs. But at the same time, it's important that the dog understands how to work with the games, otherwise the dog may become frustrated and try to bite into the treats, instead of working into the treats. Play together, show and teach the dog how the game work.

Dog Casino
- difficulty level 3
- No removable parts
- For an easier game, place treats in the drawers, and the white bones in unlocked position
- To make it more difficult, place treats in the drawers and twist the bones on top to lock the drawers
- Tie strings in the orange handles to make them easier to pull out

Dog Worker
- Difficulty level 3
- No removable parts
- For an easier game place treats only in all base compartments, also under the spinning wheel, and cover with cups or flaps.
- To make it more difficult place treats also INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should rotate the spinning wheel and push the cups until the treat falls out in a base compartment.

Dog Twister
- Difficulty level 3
- For an easier game place treats in all compartments
- To make it more difficult push in the white handles to lock all sliding bricks on top
- Tie strings in the white handles to make it easier to pull them out


Chewing dogs

We recommend games without removable parts, or with few large parts.
The best way to prevent dogs from chewing on the game is to start as simple as possible, and show them how it works, and then step by step make it harder.
If the dog doesn't understand how it works and gets a little frustrated because the game is too difficult, it's natural for the dog to start chewing their way to the treats instead of working into it.
Supervise closely for chewing, play together, and teach the dog how the game works. Once emptied of treats or kibble, the game should be stored until next supervised use.

Dog Hide ´N Slide

- Difficulty level 2.
- No removable parts.
- For an easier game place treats in all base compartments, and cover with cups or flaps.
- To make it more difficult place treats INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should push the cups until the treat falls out in a base compartment.

Dog Casino

- Difficulty level 3
- No removable parts
- For an easier game, place treats in the drawers, and the white bones in unlocked position.
- To make it more difficult, place treats in the drawers and twist the bones on top to lock the drawers
- Tie strings in the orange handles to make them easier to pull out.

Dog Worker
- Difficulty level 3
- No removable parts
- For an easier game place treats only in all base compartments, also under the spinning wheel, and cover with cups or flaps
- To make it more difficult place treats also INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should rotate the spinning wheel and push the cups until the treats fall out into a base compartment

Rough dogs

If your dog is too rough with his paws, and tries to push the puzzle game around, or turn it upside down, I recommend to:

Freeze the game, because no frozen treats can fall out if the dog is too rough with the game, the dog needs to lick the treats up, and licking has a calming effect on dogs.

FROZEN PUZZLE: Place treats, kibble, piece of sausage, or a tasty treat in each compartment, pour a little water, or mix a little canned dog food with water, pour some of the mixture in the tray's compartments, put the game in the freezer and let it set. This is perfect also for dogs who need some extra activity.

Or place the game on a stool, box or similar, kids’ chairs work great, so the dog can only work with his nose, not the paws.

Dog Hide ´N Slide
- Difficulty level 2.
- No removable parts.
- For an easier game place treats in all base compartments, and cover with cups or flaps.
- To make it more difficult place treats INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should push the cups until the treat falls out in a base compartment.

Dog Casino
- Difficulty level 3
- No removable parts
- For an easier game, place treats in the drawers, and the white bones in unlocked position.
- To make it more difficult, place treats in the drawers and twist the bones on top to lock the drawers
- Tie strings in the orange handles to make them easier to pull out.

Dog Worker

- Difficulty level 3
- No removable parts
- For an easier game place treats only in all base compartments, also under the spinning wheel, and cover with cups or flaps
- To make it more difficult place treats also INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should rotate the spinning wheel and push the cups until the treats fall out into a base compartment


Puzzle games as a feeder

The following puzzle games have large compartments to hold a full meal – dry or wet.

Dog Smart
- Difficulty level 1
- Tie strings in the white blocks to make it easier to lift them up.
- Suitable for both dry and wet food

Dog Tornado
- Difficulty level 2
- Suitable for both dry and wet food, and to make a frozen puzzle
- Without the locking white blocks it's an easier game
- Adding the white locking blocks makes it more difficult
- Tie strings in the white blocks to make them easier to lift up

Dog Brick
- Difficulty level 2
- Suitable for both dry and wet food, and to make a frozen puzzle
- For an easier game, remove the white blocks and hide treats only under the sliding bricks.
- More difficult, hide treats under the sliding bricks, the white blocks and inside the open-close flip lids.

Dog Casino
- Difficulty level 3
- No removable parts.
Suitable for both dry and wet food, and to make a frozen puzzle
- For an easier game, place treats in the drawers, and the white bones in unlocked position, the first attempts don't close the drawers completely, let the treats be a little visible.
- To make it more difficult, place treats in the drawers and twist the bones on top to lock the drawers, begin to lock one bone on the top, next time two bones.
- Tie strings in the orange handles to make them easier to pull out

Dog Twister
- Difficulty level 3
- Suitable for both dry and wet food, and to make a frozen puzzle
- For an easier game place treats in all compartments
- To make it more difficult push in the white handles to lock all sliding bricks on top
- Tie strings in the white handles to make it easier to pull them out.

Injured dogs

Puzzle games are a life saver when our dogs are injured and can't move around freely or have other mobility restrictions. I recommend puzzle games which stay still on the floor or on a chair, and can be handled by the nose.

Freeze the game, it becomes a calmer activation that takes longer time to solve, the dog needs to lick the treats up, and licking has a calming effect on dogs.

Place the game on a stool, box or similar, kids’ chairs work great, so the dog only can work with the nose, not the paws. 

FROZEN PUZZLE: Place treats, kibble, piece of sausage, or tasty treat in each compartment, pour a little water, or mix a little canned meat with water, pour some of the mixture in the tray´s compartments, put the game in the freezer and let it set. This is perfect also for dogs who need some extra activity.
Below are suggestion of puzzles who can be handled by the nose, which is suitable if your dog is not allowed to move freely.

Dog Hide ´N Slide
- Difficulty level 2
- No removable parts
- For an easier game place treats only in all base compartments, and cover with cups or flaps.
- To make it more difficult place treats also INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should push the cups until the treat falls out in a base compartment

Dog Tornado
- Difficulty level 2
- Suitable for both dry and wet food, and to make a frozen puzzle
- Without the locking white blocks it's an easier game
- Adding the white locking blocks makes it more difficult
- Tie strings in the white blocks to make them easier to lift up

Dog Brick
- Difficulty level 2
- Suitable for both dry and wet food, and to make a frozen puzzle
- For an easier game, remove the white blocks and hide treats only under the sliding bricks

Dog Worker
- Difficulty level 3
- No removable parts
- For an easier game place treats only in all base compartments, also under the spinning wheel, and cover with cups or flaps.
- Make it more difficult place treats also INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should rotate the spinning wheel and push the cups until the treat falls out in a base compartment.

Blind Dogs

Are good at playing games, their sense of smell allows them to play almost any game if they get some help from us. But the best ones to start with that you can make both a little easier and harder are these.

Dog Smart
- Difficulty level 1
- Tie strings in the white blocks to make it easier to lift them up.
- Suitable for both dry and wet food

Dog Hide ´N Slide
- Difficulty level 2
- No removable parts
- For an easier game place treats only in all base compartments, and cover with cups or flaps
- To make it more difficult place treats also INSIDE the sliding cups through the top holes, the dog should push the cups until the treat falls out in a base compartment

Dog Tornado
- Difficulty level 2
- Suitable for both dry and wet food, and to make a frozen puzzle.
- Without the locking white blocks it's an easier game.
- Adding the white locking blocks makes it more difficult.
- Tie strings in the white blocks to make them easier to lift up.

Dog Brick
- Difficulty level 2
- Suitable for both dry and wet food, and to make a frozen puzzle
- For an easier game, remove the white blocks and hide treats only under the sliding bricks.

Other Pets

Puzzle games suit perfect too other pets and animals as well, but it´s important to choose puzzles which suit their needs and capacity, and we always recommend to supervise for chewing etc.

Parrots & Birds like removable parts: DogSmart, DogBrick, DogTornado, Hide N Slide
Rabbit, Guinea pigs: DogSmart, DogBrick
Ferrets: DogSmart, Dog Hide N Slide, DogTornado
Mini Pigs: DogBrick
Rats: DogSmart, Dog Hide N Slide
Horses: Treat Tumble

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