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Canine Enrichment

Dogs are intelligent and social creatures that need mental and physical stimulation to thrive. Canine enrichment is the process of providing dogs with opportunities to engage in activities that are mentally and physically stimulating. This can help to improve their overall health and well-being, and can also help to prevent boredom and unwanted behaviors.

Dogs with Dog Food Jar

Nutritional 

Food based enrichment involves giving food to dogs in a variety of ways to help engage them. Use interactive dog toys like puzzle feeders to encourage problem solving, lick mats for soothing, training with food and long lasting chews.

Two Bowls of Pet Food
human and dog looking out

Sensory

Sensory enrichment involves dogs using their sight, hearing, smell and tough with different tactile surfaces, environmental enrichment by changing locations, interactive toys that squeak or crunch, searching out their food with their nose or chew toys.

Occupational

Lots of dogs need a job! This could include classes like scent work, mantrailing or fly ball or in the house puzzle games, sniffaris around the house, dog training and fetch.

dog doing agility
Cute Happy Dog

Social

Social enrichment involves interacting with you, other people and other dogs. Playing games or training with you helps build their bond with you.

Physical

Keeping your dog fit, active and healthy. Now its time to play! Tug of war, fetch, a good walk or agility.

Dog running
Sleeping Dogs

Benefits of Enrichment

  • Improved mental and physical health: Enrichment can help to improve a dog's overall health and well-being by keeping them mentally and physically active.

  • Reduced boredom and unwanted behaviors: Enrichment can help to reduce boredom and unwanted behaviors, such as chewing, barking, and digging.

  • Increased happiness and well-being: Enrichment can help to increase a dog's happiness and well-being by providing them with opportunities to learn and grow.

  • Improved bond between dog and owner: Enrichment can help to improve the bond between dog and owner by providing them with opportunities to spend time together and interact.

  • Potentially a calmer dog with less anxiety, ready for a good nap!

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