Canine Enrichment

Canine Enrichment


We know how important it is that we allow our dog’s the proper exercise physically, but we also need to exercise our dog’s brains!

Dogs thoroughly enjoy problem solving, like games and puzzles. We often use treats to encourage playing and puzzle solving.

Mental stimulation is very important for our dog companions. We are fortunate that we live in a time where we both understand our dogs better and want to provide a better life for them.

After all, we did breed dogs to be our companions, the least we can do is offer them a full and happy life.

So, what types of games and puzzles can you use for canine enrichment projects?

Well, most of the best ones are home made. After all, you know your dog best!

It can be as simple as placing treats in a muffin pan with tennis balls covering the holes, so your dog has to sniff and move the tennis balls to get to the treats.

You can also make a snuffle mat (pictured below) or buy one! These are made of fleece strips of varying lengths that you hide food or treats in so your dog has to sniff around to find the food.

Then there are more elaborate games! You can build an obstacle course for your dog, or use puzzle toys, or even build a spot in your backyard that gives your dog a place to dig!

There are so many ideas out there … find some that you and your dog love.

And the number one thing you should do every single day is play with your dog! The bond that you form while playing with your dog is deeper than any other.

You and your dog will be happier and healthier!

What’s your favorite enrichment activity with your dog?

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