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|Intro to Enrichment|
|For Dog Owners|
WHAT IS KENNEL ENRICHMENT?
Unhappy, frustrated, or bored dogs will not show well in their kennels and potential adopters will be put off by their kennel-induced behaviors. Enrichment helps to counter these behaviors by making the dogs’ environments more stimulating and challenging through the use of toys, puzzles, sensory games and any other novel experiences, such as playgroups. When your dogs are healthier and happier, they’ll get adopted faster!
SOUND is the most highly developed canine sense. Dogs can become agitated and nervous just from hearing other dogs bark.
SMELL is how dogs greet the world. Shelters not only smell like other animals, but are often full of chemical odors that are unpleasant for dogs.
SIGHT can be tricky, because no matter how long the dog is in your shelter, the environment never becomes natural. Some dogs may be stressed by dogs or humans passing by their kennels.
TOUCH is important to dogs and often shelter dogs don’t get enough human contact. We rush in to exercise them or give them food, but forget to just sit and touch them. Patting and massaging dogs, especially in a quiet space, helps promote a better mental and emotional state.
TASTE is closely linked with their sense of smell. Some dogs may ignore food in the shelter environment.