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How To Make Your Small Dog's Dinner More Exciting Than Kibble

Updated: Feb 22

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Spice Up Your Dog's Mealtime: Top Tips for Adding Excitement

At Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, we take joy in elevating our furry friends' meal times, infusing them with creativity to engage their senses.

Here are some of our favoured methods that you can easily apply at home:

Enrichment Bowls and Licki Mats

If your small breed dog devours meals swiftly, dog enrichment bowls and licki mats come to the rescue.

At our luxury home boarding, we employ these techniques to cater to dogs who tend to gulp down their food.

A slow feeder encourages dogs to strategise how they access their meal, prolonging mealtime and providing valuable mental engagement.

Snuffle Mats

Harnessing dogs' natural instinct to forage, we incorporate snuffle mats during mealtime at Mary Puppins.

These mats present an entertaining challenge, allowing our beloved pooches to exercise their puzzle-solving skills as they uncover hidden treats within the fabric.

Interactive Puzzle Toys

Our canine companions relish puzzle toys, such as treat-dispensing balls and interactive puzzles.

These captivating alternatives to standard dog bowls extend mealtime and stimulate your dog's cognitive faculties.

Frozen or Fresh Kongs

Kongs are a fantastic means to occupy your dog during meals. Their chew-friendly nature triggers the release of calming hormones, providing a natural method of self-soothing.

Kongs can be filled with dog food peanut butter (xylitol-free), yogurt, pumpkin puree, shredded carrots, and bananas. These delectable treats can be served fresh or frozen.

Scavenger Hunts and Scatter Feeds

At Mary Puppins, we relish crafting homemade scavenger hunts and scatter feeds.

We conceal food throughout rooms, beneath doggy items, or scattered amidst grass, allowing dogs to employ their keen senses to track down their breakfast or lunch.


How to make dinner exciting for small breed dogs? 

Add some healthy extras to their usual food to make dinner exciting for small breed dogs.

This could be a spoonful of canned pumpkin, a sprinkle of shredded chicken, or a few pieces of chopped-up fruit or vegetables.

Try rotating between different types of high-quality dog food to give them variety.

What are some alternatives to kibble for small breed dogs? 

There are many alternatives to kibble for small breed dogs. These include wet food, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, and home-cooked meals.

Each option has its benefits and drawbacks, so choosing the one that's best for your dog's needs is essential.

Can I use homemade recipes for my small breed dog's dinner? 

Yes, you can use homemade recipes for your small breed dog's dinner.

However, it's important to ensure that these recipes provide a balanced diet for your dog. A veterinarian should always be consulted before adding new items to your dog's diet.

Are there any vet-approved dinner recipes for small breed dogs? 

Yes, there are vet-approved dinner recipes for small breed dogs. These recipes typically include a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and vegetables. 

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider.

As advocates of 'dogs are family', Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding goes beyond conventional pet care. Nestled in the picturesque Cheshire region, our specialised establishment caters exclusively to small breed dogs and toy dog breeds.

Boasting a 5-Star standard upheld by our devoted Dog Nannies, our establishment provides a luxurious VIP Doggy Holiday experience. Your furry family members deserve a distinctive boutique Animal Hotel encounter, and we are here to ensure they receive nothing less.

BOOK NOW via our website. We have limited places and get booked up super fast. Give your little dog the five-star VIP holiday they deserve, while you enjoy yours.

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Kate Phillips, Chief Editor

BSc (Hons), MSc

Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.



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