For many of our canine companions, their day consists of eight or more hours just waiting for us to come home, and even when we are home, many of us can’t devote as much time to our dogs as we would like. This can make it difficult for dogs to meet their normal needs for exercise and stimulation.
So what’s the problem?
Besides dogs being bored, dogs that are under-stimulated are at an increased risk of developing behavioural problems including destructive behaviour, digging, escaping, attention-seeking behaviours, excessive barking and compulsive behaviours.
The good news is that many of these problem behaviours improve with appropriate enrichment. There are 5 main kinds of enrichment - social, occupational, physical, sensory and nutritional.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ENRICHMENT for dogs?
mentally and physically tiring
reduced worry and fear
decreased reactivity to stressors
reduction in compulsive behaviours
slows cognitive decline
creates balanced, happy members of the family
WHAT ABOUT the benefits for OWNERS?
We all live busy lives, and every minute counts. Sometimes, consistent lengthy activities are difficult to fit into our schedules. We wake up extra early, rush home at lunch and squeeze in a quick walk after work in an effort to make sure our dogs get the care they need.
With a regular enrichment service, your dog still gets all of the physical exercise and mental stimulation they need, while you get back your time. The knowledge that your dog is spending quality time with an enrichment professional also helps relieve the guilt or stress held by knowing that pups are otherwise alone. You can feel confident that you are doing the best you can for your dog, and that they are living a rewarding, happy life.
we can help.
We can add in several different kinds of enrichment activities to your dog’s day to help decrease the likelihood of behaviour problems and keep your dog happy and comfortable - as well as taking some pressure off you.