sprinkles - how, what and why
One of the very popular ways to help dogs become a lot calmer in a garden setting, is to offer them some scatter feeding or "Sprinkles". This should be a portion of their own meal and not given as an extra portion.
Although it is very simple to do, I find the following tips are helpful:
Spread out a handful of food onto your grass, decking, pathway or patio.
Don't let your dog see you put the food out
Use tiny pieces of food, all of similar size
Use a couple of handfuls for a large dog/ or two dogs. Use less for one small dog.
If your dog has issues with food, only do one dog at a time.
Leave them to sniff out the food on their own, although you might like to start them off.
Food to use:
Highly smelly food - if you feed a dry kibble, use this
Small pieces of cheese, ham, leftover meat
Flakes of tuna
Chopped up sausages/frankfurters
Make sure you only put a small amount out which can be easily found.
Clear away any leftover scraps and bin it.