Enriching Your Dog’s Life

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Your dog is a living, breathing animal that relies on you for almost literally everything (food, water, shelter, play time, potty breaks…). Taking care of your dog’s physical and mental enrichment is part of being a dog owner.

Dogs that get enough mental and physical exercise are going to be happier and healthier. Happier and healthier dogs are less likely to have behavioral issues down the road.

So what do we mean when we say enrichment? Enrichment is adding something to your dog’s life that makes it more interesting. Some enrichment only takes a few minutes on your end, other is an hours-long endeavor for both you and your dog.

Physical Enrichment

Many modern dogs spend all day at home, either alone or with a companion. Getting them enough physical exercise is key to their physical health and mental well-being. Examples of good physical enrichment include:

Mental Enrichment

Don’t neglect your dog’s brain! Engaging your dog’s brain is another great way to wear him out and keep him sharp. Things like training or walking with time for sniffing (see above) can double as physical and mental exercise.

Create a Plan

Just the act of writing down a plan will help set it in motion. Come up with a plan of 3 different physical or mental exercises that you’ll do for your dog every day. This can be as simple as two ten-minute walks per day plus a puzzle feeder while you’re at work. Try to stick to this goal for 30 days. It’s a great way to bond with your dog and create healthy habits for both of you!