Posts filed under: Enrichment

When I worked at Women’s Humane Society, providing treats in buckets on the dogs kennels was my favorite initiative. Having treats available when visitors walked through the kennels allowed dogs to show off their skills (like sitting quietly), but more...
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  Your Pit Bull and You was launched on March 1, 2013. We started with a very simple mission- to promote pit bulls in a positive light and to highlight the benefits of reward-based training. In just over 4 years,...
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Having worked in an animal shelter for just over a year now, I’ve had a good amount of time to try new things: programs, initiatives and protocols. Some have failed, some have succeeded, some are on-going works in progress. I’ve...
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I recently started a new job, as the Canine Behavior Education Coordinator at Women’s Humane Society in Bensalem, PA. My role includes running training programs for the public and training and enrichment programs for the dogs in our care. Long...
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We are all about enrichment around here right now. Hazel, as always, makes a ready and willing test subject for whatever new gadget I am trying out. I do this in part because it’s fun for her, but also because...
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We’ve all heard it before: stop feeding your dog out of a bowl, use his natural foraging abilities to your advantage, stimulate the brain while feeding a meal. All of this was nothing new to me, and as a dog...
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Dogs are natural problem-solvers. They are also hard-wired to work for their food, and Kongs provide an excellent outlet for this need. These hollow toys can be stuffed with a variety of dog food and goodies, and a thoughtfully-stuffed Kong...
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The summer season offers us lots of opportunities to have fun in the great outdoors with our dogs. But, what about those days when it’s simply too hot to spend time in the sun? Having some tricks up your sleeve...
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Playing tug with your dog can be a fantastic outlet for energy. Unfortunately, the game is misunderstood by many, and so many dogs are denied the opportunity to expend their built-in predatory energy as a result. Some of the myths...
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