It’s 8am, the garage door closes, and It will now be another 9 hours until you return home. Your car won’t pull in until early evening and your pet won’t have the entertainment of your company again until you return. So what shall they do in the meantime? The yard looks the same as it did yesterday. They’ve sniffed every leaf there is to sniff a thousand times before… Aha! Time to run border control! Done…. Now what?
Well, we all know what happens next. They dig up your plants, they chew your furniture, they bark constantly… enough to have a note from the neighbour waiting for you on your doorstep!
Sound familiar? These are all signs of boredom. And can we blame them? Could you imagine spending all that time alone in a non-stimulating environment? This is where environmental enrichment comes into play.
Environmental enrichment stimulates your dog mentally and physically to reduce inappropriate boredom behaviours such as chewing, digging and excessive barking.
As a caring loving dog owner, it is your responsibility to ensure you not only provide your pet with physical exercise but with mental stimulation too. This will help them pass the time whilst you’re out and give them something to look forward to with you leaving.
In our vet clinic, this is all part of the service we provide. In our Puppy Preschool, we teach you the Basic Dog Training skills you need to help your dog cope with you being gone all day.
The Key is... Be creative! Let’s look at a few ways we can enrich the environment and therefore the lives of our four-legged friends
If your dog has a strong jaw and loves to chew, kongs and everlasting treat balls are virtually indestructible. Kongs can be stuffed with your dogs most desired treats and the everlasting treat ball is as it sounds; it has a hard, longlasting treat inserted inside a tough rubber ball. Hours of amusement! Chewing releases endorphins for dogs, much like exercise does for us. This is why dogs love chewing and will enjoy knorring on a kong or treat ball. The cushions on your outdoor table setting will appreciate it!
Let your dog see past their yard. Some dogs enjoy knowing what is going on around them. Providing a peephole in the fence can give your dog plenty of entertainment watching people, dogs and other interesting things go by.
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These are just a few simple ways you can keep your dogs entertained whilst you are away from home. This is all part of basic Dog Training. It starts at Familypet Vet with Puppy Preschool.
For more helpful tips or medical advice on separation anxiety, come visit out friendly team or ring us for an appointment on (08) 8370 3500.