While their owners can just pull out some loose change in exchange for a sugary treat, these dogs were made to work hard for their rewards. The animals are challenged to pull a bone attached to a lever, which causes a tennis ball to fire from the roof of the machine. They then have to sprint after the ball and return it to the prototype before picking up their treat.
Every element of the machine was created with a dog’s needs in mind, encouraging fun engagement and exercise.
The vending machine was a hit. Hounds are enticed to approach the machine, the brainchild of dog food brand Bakers, by the noises it creates such as a cat’s meow.
Peter Neville, an animal expert who works with Bakers Complete, said trips to the park ‘may never be the same again’. ‘Imagine stumbling across a doggy vending machine that adds challenge and excitement to your run in the park,’ he said. ‘All it takes is a little focus, and dogs can earn a tasty Bakers Complete reward simply by engaging in a stimulating mix of mind and body.’