For our dogs’ ancestors, foraging was their primary means of finding dinner. Wandering around an area, sniffing, eating whatever seemed edible, trying to get the food out of things that might be hiding food: this sounds like familiar, relaxed dog behavior, doesn’t it? Many of us have had to pull whatever our dog “foraged” from the gutter out of their jaws while on a walk.
Foraging is a powerful motivator for dogs. It’s also an engaging way for them to spend time, tiring out their minds in a way that seems to leave them feeling pretty satisfied with themselves. This chapter will provide ideas for to get your dog performing that behavior more frequently, in a somewhat structured way, in your own home.