In this series so far, we have covered how enrichment helps our canine pals survive and thrive in our human world (Part One), offered some concrete ideas for enriching training games and puzzle toys (Part Two), and discovered how to redirect instinctive behaviors, such as chewing, digging, and sniffing, into productive activities that are safe and enjoyable for pets and their hoomans (Part Three).
So, what does all this mean for you and your inquisitive canine? We began this series of posts stating several fundamental facts about environmental, or behavioral, enrichment. Let’s take another look at that list now, with specific examples, that inquisitive pet guardians can implement – starting today!
Ultimately, providing a safe, enriching environment for our inquisitive canines can help us start out on the right paw together and not only solve, but prevent some common behavior problems faced by pet guardians. This approach focuses on teaching dogs what we want, motivating them to make good behavior choices, and providing them creative alternatives to destructive or unwanted behaviors. And it’s so much fun!!!
Thank you for being an inquisitive pet parent throughout this exploration of enrichment! Here’s to pawsitively enriching adventures with your inquisitive canine!