The PickPocket Fabric Food Forager
We eat from a plate, but dogs prefer to search for their dinner and treats using their powerful sense of smell. The PickPocket Fabric Food Forager was designed by a pet owner and canine behaviourist with this in mind, and combines exciting foraging with a crate-hanging fabric feeder. The PickPocket can be used as a floor foraging mat, too.
Nose Work Facts – did you know?
- A dog’s sense of smell is over 10,000 times the strength of ours.
- A dog’s olfactory bulb (which processes scent) is the size of a plumb compared to ours, the size of a raisin.
- Scent can evoke strong emotions and scent memory lasts a lifetime.
- A dog’s nose is wet because moisture holds the scent molecules better.
- When dogs lick the air, they often do this to capture scent
Who is the PickPocket Fabric Food Forager suitable for?
The PickPocket is suitable for most dogs and puppies for mental stimulation and emotional well-being, and is especially therapeutic for dogs on restricted exercise, for senior dogs or those with sensory impairment. Foraging can help to calm anxious dogs.
- ideal for dogs on restricted exercise
- excellent for crate training
- marvellous for anxious dogs (foraging is calming)
- useful for training & distraction from unwanted behaviour
- recommended by behaviourists & vets
- fabulous for puppy development
- suitable for dogs with sensory impairment
- perfect mental stimulation for golden oldies
How can the PickPocket Fabric Food Forager be used for training?
- Grooming – encourage your dog to forage while you brush him
- Husbandry – distract your dog while you trim nails and inspect him
- Distraction – use to interrupt unwanted behaviour such as barking
- Crate training – hang in your dog’s crate for foraging fun!
How do I first introduce a PickPocket?
Clever dogs may paw, bite or shake the PickPocket to reach the treats. In order to teach foraging skills, we recommend you introduce the Pickpocket by following the 4 steps detailed below:
- 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).
- Repeat step 1, but flatten the pockets to make access harder.
- Tie the PickPocket to a crate (or similar hanging position), 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.
The appropriate size of the PickPocket relates to the size of the dog and not the size of the treat.
- Small – 25 pockets (e.g. toy and small dogs/small terriers) – fits a small crate (approx 45cm wide x 30cm high)
- Medium – 35 pockets (e.g. spaniel/collie/labrador) – fits a medium crate (approx 65cm wide x 40cm high)
- Large – 60 pockets (e.g. german shepherd/giant breeds) – fits a large crate (approx 85cm wide x 55cm high)
*Please note: The backing fabric colour may differ from that pictured.
Care of the PickPocket
Your dog’s PickPocket is fully machine washable and can be tumble dried on a cool setting.
PickPocket Fabric Food Forager More Info
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Important Information – Please Remember
Animal enrichment is not a mechanism to keep your pet occupied, when alone or to distract them whilst you do other things.
Please remember to introduce ALL new activities SLOWLY, especially if they expose your pet to new sounds, i.e. the sound of ripping Velcro, clicks or high pitched noises. Conditioning your pet to an activity or toy (and its specific features) is crucial to ensure it becomes an enriching experience and not something they are wary or frightened of.
As with all enrichment activities, your dog should be supervised when using the PickPocket. Some very determined dogs may destroy or ingest fabric if left unsupervised. Please check the PickPocket regularly for any damage, and replace whenever it becomes damaged or defective to avoid any harm coming to your dog. Discard damaged products and do not let your dog attempt to swallow any pieces. Ensure you seek veterinary advice if you have any concerns.
Unless specifically advertised as such, advertised products are not designed or intended for strong / aggressive chewers.