"Canine enrichment" is a phrase dog behaviorists use to define specific ways for how to make a dog's life happy and healthy. In a recent article for The Bark, animal behaviorist and dog trainer Karen London discusses tips which she discovered in the book, Canine Enrichment for the Real World: Making It a Part of Your Dog’s Daily Life by Allie Bender and Emily Strong. London highlights the following important points about enrichment:
- "Ideal enrichment varies by individual as well as by breed"
- "Providing choices to a dog is a great form of enrichment"
- "Physical exercise affects the brain, mood, digestion, memory, appetite" and more
- "Safety and security are critical elements of enrichment"
- "Mental stimulation is an important part of enrichment"
- "Let them be dogs!"
The article is worth reading -- and the book is a must if you want to really enrich your dog's life!