Enrichment is important for all animals. Here is Hades and Zeus enjoying their feeding enrichment this morning. There are six different forms of enrichment that are really important to work into the lives of all of our animals.
Feeding enrichment: encouraging hunting and foraging. (Hiding their food or using a snuffle mat)
Toy and puzzle enrichment: encouraging the manipulation of an object. (A common example would be tug taught appropriately or a stuffed kong)
Social enrichment: time around people, dogs or other species that is enjoyable and constructive for the learner. (Strangers wouldn’t be appropriate enrichment for a dog that is people aggressive)
Sensory enrichment: things that provoke senses like touch, auditory, sight, taste, etc. classical music or t-touch is a great example of this.
Environment enrichment: intriguing changes to the environment. Moving things around, rotating toys, putting down a mirror or setting up a kiddy pool outside.
Cognitive enrichment: encourages thinking and strengthens bonds through positive training. This could be anything involving training from group classes to nose-work.
The important thing with enrichment is that things are constantly changing and engaging the animal. They have short, limited access to the enrichment and then it goes away in place of a new one.
I love trying to figure out an enrichment schedule for my animals to really help reduce stress, unwanted behaviors and to give them appropriate outlets. Along with just having an enriching life. If you want more information on enrichment read my article here: www.daackpack.com/blog/all-about-enrichment
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