Enrichment in your dog's world is a wonderful and beautiful thing...
1 May 2016 published by: Jennifer Pitt
Enrichment is an important factor when you have a dog and can take many forms such as physical, food-based, social or environmental. If unsure, it is best to consult with your veterinarian regarding enrichment tools.
A fully balanced diet and plenty of fresh water is very important and is a factor that will assist your pooch to not go on a destructive spree in the backyard or in the house. Your veterinarian can also advise on the best balanced diet for your dog.
To keep your dog stimulated you can try the following:
- Contact ‘Rolls & Strolls’ for walks around the beaches or parks
- Play with your dog more, especially in a calm and positive environment with such games as fetch, tug-o-war, frisbee, hide & seek. These are all enrichment tools
- Socialise with doggy friends – start up a doggy date coffee group with friends
- Try puppy pre-school and obedience classes
- Agility classes are fantastic for some particular breeds
- Hide toys that offer mental and oral stimulation with healthy treats (eg.liver treats) inside ‘kongs’ in the backyard so your dog can find them
- Affirm your dog when you leave them that you will be back
- When you depart, rotate their favourite chew toys, so they don’t have the same toy every day
- Leave a favourite treat
- Put some soft music on for background noise, this can be a mechanism for comfort
- Leave pet beds in favourite and different areas of the house or backyard - perhaps one in the sun and one in the shade for different times of the day
- Ensure that you have plenty of fresh clean water in a clean water bowl
- Leave a bowl of your dog’s healthy biscuits – they are good for their teeth and digestion
- Make feeding a routine - the same time every day