Easy Ball Puzzle for Small Pets!

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Enrichment has numerous benefits for small pets including better health, decreased boredom, and increased activity throughout the day. One way to enrich the lives of the small animals we live with is to provide food puzzles. This particular puzzle is great for providing both mental and physical activity, while making meal time FUN! All you need to get started is a wiffle ball (found in the sports section of most stores), and some appropriate treats for your pet. In the beginning start with small pieces of treats that easily fall from the ball, to ensure that your pet is successful. Pieces that stick out and can be easily pulled from the puzzle are another great way to encourage simple interactions with the toy in the beginning. Starting with too difficult a puzzle can cause your pet to lose interest and give up. The goal is to foster a love of the challenge, so that your pet can find enjoyment in foraging for some treats and actively chasing the ball around their enclosure. Raise the difficulty over time by stuffing it with larger treats, or pieces that take more effort to pull through the holes. Most importantly, have fun!! 

 

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Sara Richter, CPDT-KA

Sara Richter, CPDT-KA Founder of Simply Animal Training LLC, began her professional training career in 2008 after 11 years as a student in the equestrian world. Sara began as an assistant horse trainer and horseback riding instructor for JGarvey Horsemanship. During the following 4 years she learned the ins and outs of positive reinforcement training, behaviorism, and operant conditioning. In 2013 Sara formed an equine training business known as Equestrianism. In 2014 Sara became a leader with the Local 4H where she taught children to use clicker training with numerous other animals including pigs, sheep, chickens, and even small animals. In 2014 Sara Joined forces with Root Dog Training LLC as a dog trainer, where she learned to translate her knowledge of learning theory and behaviorism, to the unique behaviors of canines. Sara is proud to continue offering Animal-friendly Force-Free services to pets and owners of all kinds. Sara is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed from the Certification Council For Professional Dog Trainers, and a Canine Life and Social Skills Evaluator with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Sara is constantly advancing her education in animal training and behavior through continuing education, certification, and college courses.