What is Canine Enrichment?
Enrichment is about supplying outlets for the dogs natural instincts/traits/abilities/needs. It does not require training to be enriching. Although training certain behaviors and tricks can be very enriching and good for bonding with the dog, these things are not a requirement of enrichment.
Watch the dog, you don't need to be an expert in body language to see if your dog is enjoying the activity. Are they heavily focused on it or having fun with it? Or is it stressing them? If they are giving up, getting frustrated or failing to get the rewards then we should see how the activity can be made simpler. It does not have to be difficult to be enriching. Splashing about in water (for some dogs) or finding food thrown into the grass are both very very simple for the dog but highly highly enriching.
Shay Kelly – Administrator of the Facebook Canine Enrichment Community Page
We realized that we were doing a great job at the physical side of exercise, but wanted to focus on the mental side as well. Dogs have jobs and if properly worked, they can tire out a rambunctious pup quickly.
Dogs that are bored tend to get into trouble by looking for ways to entertain themselves. Boredom can lead to excessive chewing, barking, digging, and other destructive behaviors. Our dogs were bred to work alongside humans, so without proper stimulation they can easily become bored. – Puppy Leaks 2014
We are offering several Canine Enrichment seminars for our clients. We are going to focus on simple things that can be done at home. The schedule of events will be posted online as well. Cost depends on the activity and supplies that are needed. Some will NOT involve your dog, but only you. We will also offer evening Enrichment Playtime, which will focus on training YOU to work with your dog*.
Not all activities will work for all dogs, so choose which sessions you would like to attend. Or attend them all and then choose which ones are right for you!