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  • April Schrader, CPDT-KA

3 Easy Enrichment Activities for Dogs

Our furry friends need mental stimulation just as much as physical exercise. Boredom can lead to destructive behavior and anxiety. Here are three simple yet effective enrichment activities to keep your dog mentally engaged and content:

  1. Sniffari - Explore the World Through Their Nose Take your dog on a fascinating "sniffari." This isn't just a regular walk; it's a journey of smells and discoveries. Use a long leash to give your dog more freedom to explore. Allow them to lead the way, following their nose wherever it takes them. Whether it's a park, forest, or even your backyard, this activity lets your pup tap into their natural instincts, discover new scents, and stay mentally engaged

  2. Snuffle Mats - Encourage Foraging Behavior Snuffle mats are fantastic for mimicking one of your dog's natural behaviors: foraging for food. These mats are designed with hidden pockets where you can hide treats or kibble. Your dog will have a blast using their nose to search for their favorite snacks, providing mental stimulation and a rewarding challenge.

  3. Scent Work - Tapping into Their Detective Skills Scent work is like a puzzle-solving game for your dog. Start with simple exercises: hide a treat or toy under a cup or in a box and let your dog find it using their nose. Gradually, you can make it more challenging by using multiple containers or hiding objects in different rooms. You can even introduce them to the exciting world of nose work classes, where they'll learn to track down scents and solve scent-based mysteries.

These enrichment activities not only keep your dog's mind active but also strengthen your bond as you embark on these adventures together. So, give them a try, and watch your dog's tail wag with joy! 🐾✨

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