It’s no secret I’ve long been a fan of the pet company West Paw. We have many of their pet beds and toys in our home; but lately it’s been the Quizl* that has been Luke’s favorite, and my favorite as well. It makes me feel far less guilty when I have to leave him home alone to go to my shop. (By the way, this post is not sponsored; though some of the links in it are affiliate links* so we may receive a small commission if you order through them).
The Quizl is a treat dispensing toy. There are many of these types of toys out there, but I think the design of this makes it a bit easier for dogs to succeed at getting all of the treats out of it. In addition, it’s rugged (made of recycled Zogoflex material) and easier to clean than some. We have two so I can rotate them out when I’m working several days in a row; they can go right in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Luke is a very smart dog and he knows what’s going on when he sees me get his Quizl out to prepare it. He is right by my side, knowing he’ll get to lick the peanut butter off the knife, and get a nibble of something that goes in it as well.
Peanut butter goes in each of the sides. While it would be my preference to use organic or all natural peanut butter, those tend to be a bit runnier; so I use regular peanut butter (never reduced fat or anything like that, those can have dangerous ingredients for dogs!!). The dog treats seen below are my favorites to use. I put 1/2 of one of my own homemade organic dog treats in each end, and then fill the middle with the Full Moon Treats* and the Crumps Naturals*. Both of these are a small size so come out more easily, plus they are all natural with no preservatives, and made in the USA and Canada!
Once I’m done, I hide it in the pantry for safekeeping until I’m ready to leave. Luke knows my routines and habits, so he knows when I’m getting ready to leave, and then he keeps a close eye on me. Often I feel like he’d be pushing me right out the door if he could! Once he knows I’m ready for sure, he runs to the pantry door and paws at it (as if I don’t know the routine!). I make him give me a kiss first and then we put the Quizl on his bed and he dives in. I now put a towel over the bed so I don’t have to keep washing a peanut butter covered bed cover! It tickles me that the first thing he always does is to eat one or both of my homemade treats out of the ends before licking all the peanut butter out.
I’ve never actually observed how he gets the inside treats out! The best part is that he barely pays attention to me going out the door, so I know he is not stressed by my leaving. It’s made going back to work outside the home so much easier for me; and I’m pretty sure it’s still harder on me than on him!
Do you have a routine for leaving your pet(s) home alone (if you are even leaving home these days!)?