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Loveable Valentine’s Toppl Recipe for Dogs

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Canine Enrichment can be fulfilling for people too! West Paw Toppls let me get creative and have some fun making different recipes for our dogs. They love the variety and enjoy the different tastes, textures and aromas that I come up with and I love watching them tuck in. Win- win!

Ingredients

  • Home made bone broth
  • Left over meat from the bone broth
  • Their usual raw mince
  • Any available fruit and veg from the fridge- this time green beans, pepper and melon
  • Anco Pate

Method

I love layering for the added enrichment it offers.

First off, our dogs love bone broth meat, so that went in the bottom of the Toppl as a favourite taste to finish with. The main filling was part of their usual dinner, raw mince from Paleo Ridge. The top layer was some of the bone broth jelly- tasty and enjoyable to get going. I then topped it all off with a selection of pate, fruit and vegetable hearts, cut with a pastry cutter.

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What’s the Point?

In short, fun! No, the dogs couldn’t care less about what the end product looks like and yes, the hearts are unnecessary! The overall aim should be to offer a positive experience to your dog, be that through the different eating experience or the varied food on offer. However, why not get creative? I enjoyed making it, my daughter enjoyed helping and we had as much fun as the dogs. That’s also the point, we gain enrichment too.

Variation

You might be thinking you don’t have the time or energy to make bone broth or cut out shapes. No problem! There are no hard and fast rules, you can literally make a Toppl with anything you like.

  • You only have one type of food? That’s ok!
  • You don’t feed raw? No problem, soak some kibble instead.
  • You don’t have a pastry cutter? Just use a knife and cut out squares.
  • You don’t have an ounce of creativity in your body? Your dog doesn’t mind!

Just have fun with what you’ve got and if you want to go all out with edible crafting, then embrace it.

Enjoy!

Thank you for reading.

Natalie Bucklar, BSc (Hons), MSc is the owner of Pawsitive Thinking. We offer a tried and tested portfolio of products to help you with the training, care and enrichment of your much loved dogs, cats and chickens. SHOP HERE 

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West Paw Toppl Or Kong?- Battle Of The Titans!

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Many dog owners are familiar with Kongs, the stuffable dog toy. West Paw Toppls are a different version of this canine enrichment classic. Although they cost more to purchase, Toppls have many benefits over Kongs and have rightly gained a huge fan base. Their popularity even created a worldwide shortage during 2021! So what's the buzz all about? Here are the top 5 reasons why people prefer West Paw Toppls over the Kong-

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1. Easier To Clean

One of the favourite features of the Toppl is the ease of cleaning. Many people can relate to the repeated eye squinting, looking down a telescope act of checking inside a Kong to see if it's clean. Then having to shove a finger in the hole, twisting and wiggling it around in an effort to remove those last few stubborn bits of stuck food. No such bother with Toppls! Due to the open top, cleaning is a breeze and they can even go in the top rack of a dishwasher if needed. Toppls are consequently famed for their better hygiene and quicker, easier cleaning.

2. Extended Eating Time

You could be forgiven for thinking that with the open top, food can be eaten more quickly. However most people find this isn't the case and the Toppl actually extends eating time, longer than both bowls and Kongs. This is because Toppls have a clever internal feature- a number of soft, rounded 'teeth' inside the cavity. The inner teeth help to hold food in place and encourage dogs to lick, rather than grab at the food. 

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3. Easier To Fill And Layer

No need for piping bags or trying to scoop food in to a small hole, Toppls are so much easier to stuff with food than Kongs. For added enrichment, they can also be layered with different food and if you want to, you can really get quite creative with it. Here's an idea for layering-

  • Bottom layer- high value food that your dog absolutely loves
  • Middle layer- lower value filling
  • Top layer- something that your dog really likes, to encourage them to engage
  • Topping- a treat or two to grab, to gain attention, create interest and provide enrichment through varied textures

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4. Enhanced Engagement

Dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes love the unique design of the West Paw Toppl. For those with flat, short or wider noses, the Toppl is much easier to use compared to a Kong. The wider opening encourages greater engagement, whilst minimising the frustration that can often be seen with a Kong. One of our dogs will throw a Kong around in an effort to remove the contents, yet with the Toppl he will lay down and quietly lick.  For more experienced or determined dogs, Toppls can also be frozen to extend eating time.

5. Greater Versatility

Toppls offer much more flexibility compared to Kongs, enabling more variation in their use. They come in two sizes, which have the added bonus that they can be linked together. You can use one on their own as standard, or for a different, more challenging activity, use both sizes together as a puzzle feeder. Toppls are best used with wet food or raw but they are versatile enough to use with dry food and treats too. The West Paw Toppl can also be used as a toy in its own right, without food. It even floats!

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For our Collie who loves to exercise those working genes, he prefers to eat out of a Toppl rather than a bowl. For our lurcher who enjoys stealing shoes, the Toppl is a fantastic way of keeping him occupied more appropriately. For both dogs, they gain great enjoyment from a different eating experience, which can be varied each time too. So whether it's for mental stimulation, positive engagement, an enrichment activity or useful redirection and training, the West Paw Toppl can help. 

You can find out more about the West Paw Toppl and purchase it HERE. Or for recipe ideas, take a look at this blog.

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Thank you for reading.

Natalie Bucklar, BSc (Hons), MSc is the owner of Pawsitive Thinking. We offer a tried and tested portfolio of products to help you with the training, care and enrichment of your much loved dogs, cats and chickens. SHOP HERE 

More blogs available to read here-