Hey Mighty Paw fam, Barbara here to share how our Dog Lick Bowl entertains your bored or stressed pup!
It's a new addition to our slow feeder collection and we couldn't be more excited to give you another fun option to add to your doggie boredom busting tool kit.
That adds an entirely new dimension to their licking fun.
If you're not familiar with dog food puzzles and slow feeders quite yet, you'll find out more about them in the next section, followed by everything you need to know about our specific Dog Lick Bowl!
Spoiler alert: You'll also learn about a super easy hack to make the licking fun last even LONGER!
How Mighty Paw's Dog Lick Bowl Entertains Your Bored or Stressed Pup
So why do dogs need relief from boredom and stress in the first place?
Well, just like us, dogs experience either from time to time, and when they do, they need an outlet. Ideally a combination of physical and mental stimulation which is where our Lick Bowl comes in to play, pun intended.
If you're not sure if your dog is bored or suffers from anxiety, look for these common signs of stress and/or boredom:
- Excessive panting and barking
- Inappropriate urinating indoors
- Destructive behavior
- Restless pacing
If you notice any of these behavior patterns surface suddenly in your dog, your pup's likely suffering from stress or boredom.
Tip: In order to rule out any underlying medical issues, check in with your vet to be on the safe side.
But What Causes Stress & Boredom in Dogs?
As far as sources of stress are concerned, the following scenarios are the most common ones:
Many dogs don't like loud, sudden sounds such as:
- Construction noises
- Thunder storms
- Gunshots or
- Crying babies
New family dynamics
Dogs are creatures of habit and do best with a predictable daily routine.
When this routine gets disrupted by the loss and/or arrival of a new furry family member, a new baby or a divorce tied to new partners, they can experience anxiety.
Moving to a new place
Likewise, if you're moving to a new place due to a divorce or a job relocation, your dog may experience stress because they're unfamiliar with their new surroundings.
Tip: If your new home is within an acceptable driving distance of your old home, take your pup for a ride to their new environment and walk them there before the move. That way, they'll be able to take in all the new sniffs and familiarize themselves with the new environment before the big move.
What About Boredom?
The main culprit here is a lack of structured physical and mental exercise.
Dogs who don't get enough of either will have an abundance of energy that they're looking to drain.
For example, by destroying furniture, digging under your fence or pacing your yard.
Tip: When you're out on a walk with your dog, ask them to perform certain obedience commands or tricks.
For example, ask them to "sit", "lie down", "stay" or do a "high 5" while sitting. That keeps them mentally engaged and burns extra energy!
How Does Licking Help Dogs?
Licking is a soothing activity for dogs because it releases endorphins, and it comes naturally to all pups.
That's why dog food puzzles such as our Dog Lick Bowl are such a great invention!
How Do Dog Food Puzzles Work?
The way they work is you smear soft food onto or into them. For example, peanut butter, cottage cheese, yogurt or similar types of food.
Then your dog gets to solve the problem of how to lick the food off of the puzzle.
Tip: Dog food puzzles are particularly important for older dogs because it keeps them thinking since it asks them to solve a problem.
Our Lick Bowl also offers a combination of mental and physical exercise because your pup can move it around with their mouth and paws when it's in wobbly mode.
Mighty Paw's Dog Lick Bowl: More Features & Benefits
2 Modes: Stable or Wobbly with 4 Different Textures
Veterinarians and dog behaviorists recommend mental enrichment for anxious and bored dogs.
That’s why our Dog Lick Bowl features 2 different modes (stable & wobbly) as well as 4 different textures (easy, fun, anxiety relief & distraction) to match your pup’s activity needs.
100% Food Safe
Mighty Paw’s Dog Lick Bowl is made with 100% BPA-free, food-grade silicone that’s completely safe for all size dogs to lick and eat from.
You can either smear soft foods like peanut butter, yogurt, pumpkin purée or cottage cheese onto the textured side or use it as a slow-feed bowl with your pup’s wet or raw dog food.
For Dogs of All Sizes
Our Dog Lick Bowl measures 6.75" in diameter and is 3.25" tall. That makes it a great food puzzle for all size dogs!
Easy to Clean
Of course we designed our Dog Lick Bowl with dishwasher-safe silicone to make cleaning it a breeze.
Just pop it into the dishwasher once your pup’s done licking or rinse it off in the sink.
Bonus: Freeze For Longer Lasting Entertainment
Here's a little hack that will make your dog's licking fun last even longer!
Smear your pup's favorite soft food onto our Lick Bowl, then place it into the freezer, ideally overnight but at least for a few hours.
Now you're ready to sit back, relax and watch your pup entertain themselves with the frozen food puzzle!
Tip: Please Always Supervise
While our Dog Lick Bowl is a wonderful boredom buster and lowers anxiety, we recommend to always supervise your pup's licking sessions.
That's because the silicone material may be tempting for strong chewers, and it's not designed to be a chew toy!
So once your pup's done licking, it's best to remove the bowl and place it somewhere out of sight - for example, into your dishwasher!
Recap Dog Lick Bowl
- Green & Orange
- Safe to eat from
- Interactive design
- Mental enrichment for stressed & bored dogs
- Helps with thunderstorm & fireworks anxiety
- Reduces destructive behavior
- Recommended by professionals
- Promotes oral health
- Easy to clean
- BPA-free, food-grade silicone
- 2 modes (stable & wobbly)
- 4 textures (easy, fun, anxiety relief & distraction)
- Dishwasher-safe material
- 2 bright colors
- Stylish, modern design
- 6.75” diameter
- 3.25” tall
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Barbara Rivers writes regularly for Mighty Paw. She is a blogger, raw feeder, former dog walker and maintains the blog K9s Over Coffee.