Why use a stuffable dog toy? Why take the time to put food in it instead of straight into your dog’s bowl?
DOING WHAT COMES NATURALLY
Just like babies and young children, dogs, and especially puppies, explore by mouthing and chewing. It’s a natural instinct. When you provide toys that allow dogs to chew, you provide stimulation and challenge and allow them to express their instinct for chewing on something other than the couch cushion or your favorite shoes.
When you give your dog a Sodapup stuffable toy, the food inside keeps them interested, figuring out how to get the food from the inside provides mental stimulation, and delivering meals or snacks inside the toy makes meal time last more than the few seconds it takes many dogs to scarf down a meal.
Provide a stuffed toy to help with boredom, crate training, separation anxiety and chewing problems.
STUFF IT! (WE MEAN THAT IN THE NICEST POSSIBLE WAY)
That sounds great, huh? A healthy way to entertain your dog without adding more calories to his diet? But how does it actually work? How do you do it? Does it take a long time? Do you have to start grocery shopping for your dog too?
Good questions! And we hear you! You've got enough to do putting food on the table for your family. Be not afraid! We aren’t asking you to cook for your dog—unless you want to. Stuffing a Sodapup toy is simple and takes minutes.
HOW TO - MEAL TIME
1. Mix together enough of your dog’s food to fill the toy. If you feed dry kibble, you’ll have the best luck adding a moist ingredient to help hold the kibble together.
2. Stuff it into the toy with a spoon or butter knife. The harder you pack it, the greater the challenge. Watch for frustration. If it’s too hard for your dog to get at the food, your dog will lose interest.
3. You can give it to the dog immediately or, for a bit more of a challenge, freeze it for a few hours. (Frozen toys can easily be pre-stuffed and frozen. We recommend having several on hand so you can make a few meals all at once.)
HOW TO - TREATS
Put treats into toy. This works best with treats sized so they don’t fall out too easily. Some people like to add a little peanut butter to help the treats stay inside. Plus, it sticks to the walls of the toy and gives the dog a bit more work to do it get it out!
MIX AND MATCH
Try mixing and matching ingredients from the lists below. You can combine wet ingredients, veggies, fruits, protein and grains to create your own original recipes! Here are some helpful lists to choose from.
*** DANGEROUS FOR YOUR DOG ****
These things should NOT be fed to your dog
Fat trimmings, bones from your food
*Consult your vet before making changes to your dog’s diet.
Here are some fun, simple recipes to fill SodaPup treat dispensers with.
White rice (cooked in water or chicken broth
Fido’s Food—Basic Recipe
Wet ingredient like yogurt, applesauce or wet dog food
Mix together and stuff into toy. Plug end with dollop of peanut butter and a hard treat. Feed immediately or freeze.
4th of July
Chicken, beef or kibble
CAN TOY HOLDING CAPACITY
SMALL 2 T.
MEDIUM 1/3 c.
LARGE 2/3 c.
EXTRA LARGE 1 C.