Enrichment in Your Dog’s Life and Why it’s so Important!
When we opened My Love Fur Paws, we had an enrichment based model in mind for the dogs. Kris did her research on what would be most effective to makes dogs happy and content while away from home and also help with behavior. We did not want to offer the standard, sterile kennel environment. We wanted to offer clients a happy, colorful, peppy place where dogs and cats would thrive. There are five types of enrichment that we focus on here at MLFP: occupational, sensory, social, physical, and nutritional.
At My Love Fur Paws we focus on the enrichment so the dogs can be more calm and focused. This starts with offering luxury suites with full light doors so they can see and not feel confined, windows in areas to let in sunlight and fresh air when needed, soothing music playing through the Sonos speakers, scents of lavender, rosemary, oregano and lemon fill the air to give them a calm environment all while offering all natural frozen treats at nap time to relieve stress and boredom. This all helps stimulate your dog’s mind, body and soul.
Offering a place full of enrichment is important because we believe that you want the best for your fur friend, and we do too! This is why we have developed day care programs that are beneficial for our day care and boarding clients. Sending your dog to doggy day care is important because it helps a dog not only get the exercise needed but we offer the tools necessary to learn good dog manners, play well with others, listen and enjoy life experiences by digging in the sandbox, running through the tunnel, swimming, climbing on playscapes and running with friends.
On days your dog is not here with us, there are a few things you can do at home. Puzzles, playing ball and hide and seek are fun activities for your dog. You can find puzzles online fairly inexpensive and it’s a great way to bond and stimulate your dog’s mind. Whether at home or here with us, there should be an enrichment mindset in place and incorporated whenever possible.
If you have any questions about our enrichment principles, please ask. We would be happy to answer any questions.