Who is the PickPocket suitable for?
The PickPocket is suitable for most dogs and puppies for mental stimulation and emotional well-being. It is especially therapeutic for dogs on restricted exercise, for senior dogs or those with sensory impairment, and foraging can help to calm anxious dogs.
What are PickPockets useful for?
- Husbandry – occupy your dog while you groom, trim nails and inspect ears etc
- Distraction – encourage foraging to interrupt unwanted behaviour such as barking
- Crate training – hang in your dog’s crate for foraging fun
Can my dog be alone with a PickPocket?
It is not recommended you leave your dog or puppy alone with a PickPocket. All dogs should be supervised and some very determined dogs may destroy or ingest fabric if left unsupervised. Please seek veterinary advice if you have any concerns.
How do I first introduce a PickPocket?
Clever dogs may paw, bite or shake the PickPocket to reach the treats. To teach foraging skills:
- Lay the PickPocket on the floor with the pockets facing your dog, and open each one to form a dome.
- Hide treats for your dog to find – you can lure your dog to the pocket by holding a treat 1cm from his nose for him to follow and then placing the treat in the pocket.
- As 1. but flatten the pockets to make access harder.
- Tie the PickPocket to a crate, pull the pockets open and hide treats in the two lower rows of pockets. Finally, hide treats in all the pockets with them flattened down.