With our busy lifestyle many of our friends at home are severely under stimulated which can lead to harmful, annoying, and frustrating behaviors.
To reduce or even eliminate these problem behaviors we are adapting the practice of providing enrichment for our pets. An additional benefit of implementing enrichment in your daily routine is that it has been shown to slow down age related mental decline in pets.
What exactly is enrichment?
Enrichment is anything that promotes physical or mental activity. As people we use things like playing sports and games, reading, doing crossword puzzles, traveling, walking, dancing, and arts and crafts.
Dogs are incredibly easy to enrich:
Most working or sporting breeds need at least one hour of physical exercise.
Good physical exercise can be:
retrieving a ball or toy, playing tug-of-war (dogs need to be supervised with rope toys and not allowed to ingest any strings), hiking, agility training, running
Remember that puppies still need a lot of resting periods and cannot handle the same amount of exercise as adult dogs.
Positive Reinforcement Training
Use kibble and treats creatively. Food in a bowl? That’s so yesterday…