Enrichment involves all of a dog or cat’s senses and functions. Cognitive enrichment has a number of specific benefits.
There are a million things to plan before your little one greets the world. The second trimester is a great time to put your game plan into action.
Dogs by nature are social creatures. That’s the basis of social enrichment.
Physical environment is the third form of enrichment for animals. But feng shui for dogs? Go with me on this one.
It’s easy to overlook all the amazing smells, textures, sounds, tastes and sights in life when we get busy and focused on the demands of life. Our dogs are probably more tuned into these things than we are, but we tend short-change them on those experiences.
Dogs, for the most part, have it pretty easy these days.
They don’t have to hunt and forage for their own food. They have it presented to them two or three times a day. For many dogs, mealtime lasts, oh, maybe 30 seconds.
Who doesn’t like choices? I certainly do. I know my dog and cats do, too. Choice is at the root of a behavioral construct called Enrichment.
I have had numerous conversations of late, with clients and other trainers, on the topic of Learner-controlled Learning. It is something I am very strongly in favor of, as a force-free trainer. Now, before you assume I’m advocating chaos and subversion, let me explain what I mean.