Canine DIY Enrichment
The key to a happy and healthy dog is regular enrichment and allowing them to engage in their innate behaviors, such as playing, chasing, smelling, chewing and scavenging. By allowing your dog to engage in these behaviors, you allow them to be physically, emotionally and mentally satisfied. Dogs who don’t receive stimulation tend to find ways to enrich themselves, resulting in unwanted behaviors.
The following are fun DIY projects that will help keep you and your dog entertained and busy during quarantine. Please ensure that you are always closely and actively supervising your dog(s) while DIY items are accessible to them. If your dog attempts to ingest an item, remove it immediately from their mouth.
Making mealtime fun, challenging and interactive is a great way to satisfy your dog’s innate instincts and curiosities. Every meal is an opportunity for enrichment, and food puzzles are a great way to slow down your dog’s eating and provide mental stimulation. You can easily make the following puzzles with household items!
Muffin Tin Puzzle
Paper Roll Puzzle
Keeping the inside of your home stimulating and fun will help decrease boredom and decrease potential behavioral issues. Get creative! Take a look at the following in-home activities you can offer your dog to promote appropriate behaviors.
Indoor Agility Course
Make Your Own Flirt Pole
Scent Games / Find It
*Worried about using cardboard?
Research as of April 10, 2020, indicates COVID-19 cannot live on carboard longer than 24 hours. If you are concerned about contamination, wait 24 hours before utilizing cardboard for enrichment purposes.
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