Canine Enrichment for the Real World: Making It a Part of Your Dog's Daily Life

Canine Enrichment for the Real World: Making It a Part of Your Dog's Daily Life

by Allie Bender, Emily Strong


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In the world of dogs, there is now more awareness than ever of the need to provide enrichment, especially in shelters. But what exactly is enrichment? The concept is pretty straightforward: learn what your dog's needs are, and then structure an environment and routine that allows them to engage in behaviors they find enriching, while offering them opportunities to perform their natural or instinctual behaviors. Aside from the limitations we have to place on a dog in today's busy world, the biggest constraint to enriching your dog's life is your imagination!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617812682
Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
Publication date: 10/11/2019
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 335,995
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Allie Bender, CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA, and Emily Strong, CDBC, CPBT-KA, SBA, are certified behavior consultants who work with all companion animal species. They co-founded and operate Pet Harmony, LLC, and First Train Home.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Notes from the Authors: Science Matters 1

Introduction: Defining Enrichment for Dogs 6

1 Enrichment Then and Now 9

2 The Elements of Enrichment 14

3 Agency 27

4 Physical Exercise 47

5 Safety and Security 58

6 Instinctual Behaviors 68

7 Foraging 80

8 Social Interactions 98

9 Mental Stimulation 120

10 Calming Enrichment 135

11 Independence 145

12 Providing the Right Environment 150

13 The Human Element 161

14 Work Smarter, Not Harder 168

15 Practical Enrichment for Special Needs Dogs 175

16 Practical Enrichment in Shelters and Rescues 183

17 Putting It All Together 193

References 200

Resources 209

About the Authors 216

Index 218

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