Victoria SchadeVictoria Schade is an APDT Certified Pet Dog Trainer and an honors graduate from the San Francisco Dog Trainer’s Academy with a Counseling Certificate. Her company, Good Dog! Training, has grown exponentially since opening its doors in the Washington, DC area seven years ago. She has worked with thousands of dogs – and dog owners – and honed her unique dog handling and “coaching” technique. She earns rave reviews from her customers for her ability to help every dog be a good dog. Her expertise is also regularly taped by the media. Recent press includes a mention in Washingtonian Magazine as one of the best trainers in the DC area, and subject-matter expert insights in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The DC Examiner, Northern Virginia Living Magazine, Dog Fancy Magazine, Training Secrets for Labrador Retrievers Magazine, Dogs USA, Training Secrets for Boxers Magazine, DailyCandy.com, Housetraining Magazine, The Bark Magazine, and Animal Wellness Magazine. Radio interviews include Animal Corner, Steve Dale’s Pet World, Pet Talk, and Animal Radio. Victoria recently appeared as a judge on the WE Channel production, “America’s Cutest Puppies” and has appeared the CBS Early Show, WJLA ABC News Channel 7, and WTTG Fox 5. Victoria’s debut training DVD, “New Puppy! Now What?” won the DWAA Maxwell award in 2006. “New Puppy! Now What?” is a comprehensive yet light-hearted training tool that helps novice owners navigate puppy parenthood with a sense of humor, and tools that work fast.
Victoria Schade: Hi! I am Victoria Schade, I am a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and the Creator of the Puppy Training DVD New Puppy! Now What?
Today, I am showing you how to stuff activity toys like this one, a great way to keep your dog busy and occupied constructively.
Now, weve gone through a couple of different recipes, and at this point if youd been giving these types of activity toys to your dog he is probably pretty good at unpacking them. This is graduate-level packing.
So, what you want to do to make it really difficult on your dog is pack more stuff in there. So, if you do a mix of cheese, soft things like cheese and harder things like your dogs actual kibble, this is just regular dog food. You are going to be able to get more inside.
Another great tip is to put some kind of barrier at the opening, you can do a hard cookie, this is just a piece of jerky and this one is almost packed completely full. So, there is a cookie barrier at the opening.
A great thing to do is to freeze the activity toy so you can take chicken broth or beef broth, start off by putting some kind of cork in the bottom whether its a piece of kibble or a bigger treat, fill it up with the chicken broth, put it in the glass and then freeze it and give that to your dog, that will take him a good long time to unpack, and a great that I like to do with my dog just to hide the activity toy. So once its packed, maybe Ill stick it under a table or a chair leg and they have to spend some time trying to find it. A really fun way to exercise your dog and keep him constructively busy.
Hope your dog has fun.