Enrichment

Stimulate & Activate Your Pet's Brain

Mental enrichment is incredibly important to the health and well-being of all animals, but especially for those experiencing behavior problems. These pets, in particular, tend be highly intelligent and require outlets for exploration and critical thinking.

  • Do your best to get your pet some physical exercise every day. With puppies/kittens and seniors follow vet recommendations for their breed, age, and size.

  • Mental stimulation should be done every day and is just as beneficial (if not more important!) as physical stimulation.

  • By using puzzle toys, you can replace meals with a game requiring you to think about how to get food instead of eating from a bowl.

  • Training is also a great way to work on mental stimulation.

  • When providing mental stimulation, be sure to start with easy puzzles and games (hide and seek for example) and gradually move up to more complex ones. We are not trying to frustrate the pet, but encouraging them to work on problem solving abilities and learning new skills.

Feeder toys are an easy way to increase mental enrichment. We recommend discontinuing the use of food bowls or dishes and switch to feeding meals exclusively from feeder toys. It increases the length of time it takes to eat as well as encourages the pet to think about how to obtain their meal.


Retail products:

DIY options: These feeder toys are fairly easy to make out of recycled articles at home.

Any time a pet is left home alone or may otherwise need something to keep them occupied, toys with frozen food inside can be highly enriching. While canned food is the traditionally stuffing for these toys, feel free to experiment. KONG® has their own recipe page where you can get ideas.

Games and training are also important!

Consider joining the Facebook groups Canine Enrichment and Feline Enrichment for more ideas.

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