What is enrichment?
Enrichment is any activity your dog finds innately satisfying.
Think of all the things your dog likes to do—scavenging, sniffing, chasing, fetching, digging, ripping, shredding, dissecting. chewing, licking, just to name a few. All of these behaviors are so fun and satisfying for dogs because they are natural to their species. Engaging in these behaviors on a regular basis is not only normal, but essential to their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Unfortunately, modern living, and city living especially, doesn’t leave much room for dogs to be dogs. So we must be proactive and intentional about enriching our dogs’ environment and providing them with the mental stimulation they require.
Enrichment activities that allow dogs to engage in natural behaviors encourage curiosity, prevent boredom and problem behaviors, build confidence, and develop problem solving skills.
The good news is, adding enrichment to your dog’s life is easy. Download my free Enrichment Guide below and check out the other enrichment resources to get started. Have fun!
Guide to enrichment activities, puzzles, and toys.
Five Go-To Enrichment Activities for Dogs - BLOG
The Life-Changing Power of Decompression Walks
Instagram enrichment in action story highlights.
HOW-TO ENRICHMENT VIDEOS:
DIY ENRICHMENT IDEAS:
ZIPPYPAWS BURROW TOYS:
Online enrichment resources:
How Do Dogs “See” the World with Their Noses? (Video) - Alexandra Horowitz
Canine Enrichment Facebook Group - a global community of people sharing dog enrichment ideas, photos, and videos.
Exercise for Dogs: Tiring vs. Taxing - Sarah Stremming
A Decompression Walk Chat - Cog-Dog Radio Podcast - Sarah Stremming
Kong for Beginners (Video) - Eileen Anderson
The Art of Stuffing Puzzle Toys for Dogs (Video) - Allison Wells
Keep the Good Times Going with Six Categories of Enrichment - Dennis ODonnell
Enrichment for Fearful Dogs - Erica Beckwith