Pet blogging has its privileges. It introduces one to great people like Helen at Fort Doberdale who pass on equally great one-day half-price sales on Nina Ottosson puzzle toys. I’ve wanted “The Casino” for a long time because it is reportedly the hardest one. We received it just after Christmas. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much of a chance to work on it with Shiva until recently. For the past week, this is how Shiva has been eating her dinner.
As you can see, she finds it very difficult to wait until all the kibble pieces are tucked away.
At first, I left the bones out and just encouraged her to open the little drawers. It didn’t take her long to figure that out. I added the bones slowly, putting pieces of food under each one to encourage her to check them out. Gradually, I removed the food and just left the bones. After a few sessions, I think she’s almost got it mastered.
Still waiting. I’m the cruelest owner ever.
As soon as I give the release, she is all over the toy. Shiva is the perfect dog for a durability test. Luckily, these toys get an A+ for strength.
It’s not easy to get her to slow down and think.
Inevitably, there is a big mess at the end. No wonder we’ve already lost one of the bones.
The booklet suggests using a table to make it easier.
Perhaps it is a little too easy.
With the same mess for me to clean up when all the fun is over.
You probably can’t tell, but the a shiny wet film of drool covers the entire surface. How quaint. Maybe I’m not ready for a mastiff after all.