Interview cover image Susan Frank

If I say dog mom guilt, do you know what I mean?

A friend of mine, who has two children, once told me she feels constant guilt of not spending enough quality and fun time with her girls because of schedules, to do lists and all the other demands of everyday life.

Well, I don’t have kids but when adopting our dogs I was surprised to be able to relate to what she said (just switch the word kids with dogs, ha!).

I’m not talking about the daily routines; we do go on walks every morning, afternoon and evening for example, but the things that would enrich their lives aside from sniffing the bushes in the neighborhood and on the trail.

My greyhound girl is quite content as long as there is a dog bed available. My Shepherd girl however, needs more activity and mental stimulation or she gets restless, she barks for no particular reason or starts harassing her dog sister.

Today I want to share with you an interview I had with Susan Frank (see some quick facts about her below).

Susan is providing some great practical tips for how we can activate our dogs and enrich their lives even when things are busy.

I hope you will find the interview as interesting as I did.

Listen in on our conversation by clicking on the video below.

Some quick facts about Susan Frank

Susan is the host of Raising Your Paws Podcast – Easy tips and practical solutions for caring for the four-legged members of your family

She’s the past host of the Wild About Pets Radio Show.

She worked as the Volunteer Coordinator at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois.

She also worked for the National Park Service and at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History.

 

You’ll find Susan at www.raisingyourpaws.com and on the Raising Your Paws podcast.

 

Want more tips for how to handle a busy life? Check out the interview I did with J Nichole Smith: From Stress to Self-Care, by clicking here.

Discussion

Comments (6)

  1. That was a great conversation! Thank you for all the info! I’d be curious to get Susan’s thoughts on feeding games for dogs who are grazers – my Bailey doesn’t usually eat her meals right when we set them out, so I wonder if spreading them out around the house would be “too much work” or she wouldn’t enjoy it?

    1. Thanks for your comment, Allison! Glad to hear you enjoyed it 🙂 Great question. I’ll reach out to Susan and ask her. Will post her answer when I hear back from her…

    2. Allison, here is what Susan responded:

      “Only one way to know if Bailey will enjoy it – is to try it. I would suggest not free feeding some days – dividing up the food (sounds like she’s feeding kibble) into a number of bowls, scatter them around and watch what happens. Or continue to free feed, but reduce the amount of kibble and fill out the meal by hiding some higher value treats, or canned food in little bowls around the house. Unless the dog is very old and cannot move much, hunting for its food should be fun for dog. Not too much work.”

      Hope her answer was helpful. Would love to hear if you end up trying this and if so, how Bailey reacted 🙂

  2. I absolutely love this interview! I want to try the enrichment with my Eskimo and am curious about whether there is a special brand of bowl that Susan recommends (she mentions she has some). Thank you!

      1. Hello again Sarah! Here’s the response from Susan:

        I use two types of bowls.

        1. A set of 12 of the heavier plastic bowls that one would find in the disposable plate section of a grocery store. These work, for when I ant to put one or two pieces of kibble in each bowl, as Rosy does not push them around with her nose and she won’t try and chew the bowls, as she grabs the kibble and goes off to find the other bowls. Then I collect, repeat a few times and then rewash.

        2. I have some regular soup/cereal bowls that are also a sturdy plastic. They have more weight to them. It’s useful for the times, you want to feed canned or raw food so your dog can forage and find their dinner. I can drop bits of the food in these bowls, place them around the house, wedging them into corners to anchor them a bit which cuts down on your dog having to push them all over the place to get the food out of the bowl.

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