Sunday, August 18, 2013

Learning About My Dog's True Instincts

Recently, Shiner and I were invited by Purina to learn about her "true instincts". They sent us a package of their new PurinaONE SMARTBLEND True Instinct for Shiner to try.

I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about my dog's true instincts with the kit from Purina. Along with a bag of PurinaONE SMARTBLEND True Instinct, they sent us a couple of toys for Shiner to play with to help bring out her true instincts. The toys are from a company called Dognition and I really like them! Shiner might think otherwise with one of the toys though...


The first toy is a rubber stick which I thought was an awesome idea. I've heard and seen so many horror stories that involve dogs and sticks and think this is a nice alternative. The rubber stick is pretty heavy duty. Shiner is a monster chewer and still has half of her stick left after a few weeks which is pretty remarkable for her. I guess her true instincts tell her to shred the stick even if it is fake.


The other toy is a dog puzzle. I was really excited about this one because Shiner has never tried a dog puzzle before. I put some of the PurinaONE SMARTBLEND True Instinct dog food into the toy, but Shiner didn't seem to care.

The next day, I tried adding her favorite dog treats and she figured it out! After that, she was willing to eat the PurinaONE SMARTBLEND True Instinct food out of the toy. I think maybe her true instincts here tell her that she's too smart for these silly human games!

I created a video that shows Shiner's true instincts. It shows her battle with the evil dog puzzle game that I think she secretly despises. It also shows her victory dance with the rubber stick. Enjoy!


Disclosure: I received the products featured in this post at no charge from Purina. I was not compensated in any other way for talking about these products. 

21 comments:

  1. I have a dog puzzle, I am super crap at it..BOL love the plastic stick. Have a great Sunday xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  2. Love that video! Hilarious when Shiner gives that big yawn: boring. Such a cute happy dance with that stick! :-)

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  3. I love my dog puzzle, the cats try to take over it though.

    Sheba.

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  4. Hahaha Shiner is one crazy happy pup!xx Rachel

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  5. Good for you Shiner, food and treats are not supposed to be puzzling, just yummy!

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  6. We were yawning with you there Shiner. At least you got some treats out of it in the end. Have a serene Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  7. Oh my gosh, Shiner is SO adorable!

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  8. Cute! Rita is pretty much the same with her puzzle toy. Finds it pretty boring, but she loves to play with the puzzle pieces!

    Shiner is so cute with her stick at the end!

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    1. Yea Shiner did actually take off one of those flaps that hide the treats lol.

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  9. I have a wooden puzzle. I removed the treats and then it was boring :o) But the stick looks very, very interesting to me :o)

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  10. It looks like you really enjoy your plastic stick and treat puzzle. Honey Delight, welcome to the Tabby Cat Club!

    Spyro and the Gang

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    1. Thanks so much friends! Honey D is excited to join!

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  11. Cousin Emma needs one of those rubber sticks. Your instincts are great Shiner! Lee and Phod

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  12. MOL - too smart for silly games, huh Shiner? You betcha!! MOL!

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  13. Oh Shiner, you are too cute. Coco loves puzzles AND rubber sticks (and real sticks for that matter). If she knew how luck you were, she'd be super jealous!

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  14. I think the yawn in the video shows that Shiner might be too smart for that toy! :P

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  15. What a fun puzzle toy! I have contemplated something similar for my crew, but don't know if they will like it or not. I should make the leap!

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  16. Those sound like great toys. I wonder how long that stick would last around here. :)

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