As you probably know, we were thrilled to be able to announce to all of our followers that our favorite musher Monica Zappa had gotten a new sponsor: Petchup. LINK
So my kids were really intrigued by the whole idea of ketchup and mustard for dogs. We knew that Monica was experimenting to find out the best way to feed it to her dogs, so we decided to do our own experiment.
Monica told us that she was experimenting to find the best way to use the product with the dogs both in the kennel and on the trail. At the kennel, she could just mix some with the dogs’ food and they slurped it right up! On the trail, things may get a bit more complicated. She is playing with adding it to water in warm races, putting it on the dogs’ kibble, squirting it directly into their mouths, and even making Petchup ice cube pops as a treat. Monica feels like the product is having a positive impact on her dogs’ energy and overall health. We were anxious to see if we could add anything to her discoveries.
So first, we needed a subject for our experiment. Enter Atti, our service dog in training. Our math and science teacher, Ellen Rizzuto, is training a service dog with the help of our Lower School. Atti gets used to being around a lot of people and activity and our boys learn how to handle a dog that is working and isn’t to be treated like a pet.
We wanted to see if Atti would prefer Petchup or Muttstard and if she would prefer it alone or on her kibble.
We let the boys smell the two products – the Muttstard is turkey flavored and the Petchup is beef flavored. They made their predictions about which one they thought Atti would prefer. We put a little of each product in a bowl, showed Atti where they both were, let her smell them both and then let her go…. She chose the Muttstard first and totally devoured it! She also then devoured the Petchup, so she liked them both, but we think she preferred the Muttstard. For the second experiment we put a bowl of plain kibble, a bowl of kibble with Muttstard, and a bowl of plain Muttstard out for her to select. We think the first time she just went to the bowl that was the closest, so we reset it up so the bowls were closer together. This time she chose the kibble with Muttstard first. She did eat them all again, but we think her preference was kibble with Muttstard. So, our recommendation to Monica is to carry Muttstard and squirt some on the dog’s food and they should love it, just like Atti did!
It actually turned out to lead to a very interesting discussion about the fairness of the experiment and how certain we could be of our results. Plus – it’s fun anytime Atti visits us!