As we finish raising the Brandy x Baja puppies, the thought occurred that we’ve never formally addressed puppy enrichment, even though we’ve done this for every litter we’ve raised (see below photo samples).
In addition to proper socialization, enrichment is one of the most important aspects of dog ownership and it’s something every Barrett puppy owner should be doing.
So what is enrichment?! In short, it’s a series of activities you provide your puppy or dog with to keep them engaged (which is the opposite of bored) and focused (which is the opposite of troublemaking). It’s not a huge time commitment and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Many of the items are also passive, meaning it doesn’t require your time at all, just have them available for your puppies to engage with (ramps, tunnels, activity mats, etc.) By allowing your dog to engage their innate behaviors (playing, chasing, smelling, chewing, scavenging), you allow them to be physically, emotionally, and mentally satisfied. Bonus: studies show that enrichment helps to stimulate the brain and cognitive development. And we all know that a tired Weimaraner is a happy Weimaraner. Score!
- Never offer everything you have; instead, switch out enrichment toys every few days to prevent boredom
- Veterinary Followup – Dog Enrichment
- BarkPost – 33 Dog Toys You Can Make From Things Around the House
- DogGoneProblems – Enrichment
- Preventative Vet – Dog Enrichment – Toys, Games, and DIY Ideas
- ASPCA – Canine DIY Enrichment
- All Pets Education and Training – Recycled Enrichment
- Hey Djangles – 10 Best Boredom Busting Activity Mats for Dogs
- Red Pointy Dog – DIY Dog Enrichment
- Hills Pet – 3 Easy to Make DIY Enrichment Toys for Dogs
- Pinterest – 8 DIY Enrichment Games for the Canine Mind
- Proud Dog Mom – DIY Busy Easy Enrichment Dog Toy
- The Honest Kitchen – The Best Enrichment Toys for Bored Dogs
- Amazon – Interactive Dog Toy
- Etsy – Snuffle Mats