Canine Enrichment: Apple Snacks, Sniff Walks, & More
We know the weather is getting cooler and all you wanna do is cuddle up, drink some pumpkin spice, and wear sweaters. While your bestie definitely won’t turn down a puppaccino and isn’t calling you cliche… they want something a little more enriching. You know what they’re talking about: canine enrichment. Try some of these ideas to add a little more than pup-kin spice to your dog’s life this season.
Mental Enrichment for Dogs
We know kibble isn’t exactly a 3-Michelin Star meal but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Try a snuffle mat to give your pup a challenge at meal times. A snuffle mat is an easy introduction to canine enrichment—all you do is put your dog’s kibble and favorite treats onto the mat and let their sniffer do the work. By making them search for their food, they’re engaging with their natural foraging skills. Bonus: It slows your dog’s eating down, which improves digestion.
If you’re looking for a fun, social distancing activity to do inside your home, make your own DIY snuffle mat! All you need is a plastic sink mat, some fleece, and a series to binge on Netflix as you cut and tie your fleece to the mat.
One perk of autumn is going outside without sweating the 70% of your body that’s made of water. Take advantage by taking your pup on a sniff walk. For them, getting to smell is like reading a good book or listening to the newest podcast. Let your dog’s nose be your guide as they learn what’s going on in the neighborhood. They can’t wait to bring this hot goss back to their pawsse at the dog park.
Besides the sniff walk, try some of these fun ideas to spice up your social distancing walks!
Foodie Enrichment for Dogs
An apple a day keeps the boredom away! It’s apple picking season, so leash up for a field trip to pick their own enrichment. Core an apple, seal the bottom with peanut butter, fill it with your doggo’s favorite treats and kibble, and then seal the top. You can give it to them right away or freeze it to make it last longer. Make sure that there are no apple seeds since those can be a big no-no for their tummies!