Why dogs might not be interested in enrichment feeding

Enrichment is becoming commonplace, but why might some dogs appear disinterested? It could be that the dog isn’t sufficiently motivated to work at getting the food.  Perhaps he gets plenty of similar food for free (in a bowl) and can easily do without whatever extra is in the enrichment toy.   Or perhaps the food … Continue reading Why dogs might not be interested in enrichment feeding

Contrafreeloading: Why animals may prefer to work for food

  We see the argument put forward frequently that our dogs actually prefer to work for food rather than getting food for free.  At first look, this seems illogical. Why would any animal choose a path of work and effort rather than a path of freebies?  Foraging, hunting, and seeking are innate behaviours which are … Continue reading Contrafreeloading: Why animals may prefer to work for food

The most beneficial thing you can do for your dog

Why is there often conflict, confusion, or frustration in the dog-human relationship? Whether it's training, husbandry, enrichment activities or just going for a walk, we are often entirely focused on the human perspective,  we generally go about these tasks with our entire focus on what we want.  We want to keep walking so we pull the dog away … Continue reading The most beneficial thing you can do for your dog

Five quick & easy indoor enrichment activities with everyday objects

1: The Tea-Towel Roll Grab an old tea-towel, sprinkle some treats, roll it up and let the dog enjoy https://youtu.be/hfWxccLz5b0 Or make it slightly more challenging https://youtu.be/WxGaKRFarB8 2: Chucking Kibble Chuck one piece at a time https://youtu.be/cN9Hr3-28XU 3: Toilet Roll Tubes Place them on the floor, place a piece of kibble (or whatever you are using) … Continue reading Five quick & easy indoor enrichment activities with everyday objects