There’s an important pet holiday around the corner: November 12th is World Animal Enrichment Day. While it’s important to provide any animal with enrichment, this is particularly crucial for dogs. Fido is smart, active, emotional, and curious. If he gets bored or lonely, or just has too much energy, he may very well try to unleash that doggy angst through bad behavior. You don’t want that! In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON animal clinic, a local vet offers advice on keeping your canine companion entertained … and out of mischief.
Did you know that many dogs actually enjoy learning new things? Fido looks adorably proud of himself whenever he masters a new trick. Start with basic obedience, such as Sit, Stay, and Come. Then, move on to advanced training or just work on cute tricks. Try to spend a few minutes a day on this.
Does your canine pal stay home alone while you go to work? Make Fido’s alone time more fun for him by leaving a radio or TV on, so he can hear the sound of voices.
Toys are of course at the top of the list here. Buying dog toys isn’t rocket science, but it there’s a bit more to it than just grabbing that cute dinosaur plushy at the toy store. Some toys are more for keeping Fido occupied. That includes things like puzzle toys, which are great for stimulation. That doesn’t mean skip that Frisbee, though: playing also gives Fido a chance to work off his zoomies. Take time to play with your furry buddy every day.
Walks are crucial for exercise and sanitation, but they also provide pets with great mental stimulation. Fido can learn a lot from all of those faint scents his astute nose picks up. Taking your canine buddy to new spots now and then is also very helpful, just for giving your pooch a change of scenery. It’s also crucial to spend time with your dog every day. Grooming and brushing also offer enrichment. Even talking to Fido is important!
Last but certainly not least, make sure that Fido is able to spend time with his friends … both the two and four-legged types. Puppy playdates, doggy daycare, and even hanging out with friends can all help with this. Just pick your furry pal’s playmates carefully.
Please contact Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON animal clinic with questions about your dog’s health or care. We’re here for you!