As dog owners, ensuring your furbaby’s happiness and well-being is a top priority. One effective way to achieve this is through dog enrichment activities, which are guaranteed to keep most pups both entertained and mentally stimulated.
Of course, it’s not just your pet that will benefit from these enrichment hacks. Spending precious time together can improve your bond and even reduce the chances of your four-legged family member developing behavioural issues too, so it’s a win-win!
Below are some top dog enrichment toys and enrichment games for dogs that every dog owner should know:
Sensory Hide and Seek
We start our list with a classic dog enrichment game. To start, hide their favourite toy or treat (with their scent on) somewhere in the house and encourage them to find it. Over time, you can increase the difficulty by hiding toys or traits in more challenging spots. It is a sure-fire, fun, simple game for all dogs.
The Muffin Tin Puzzle
This DIY enrichment hack is simple and a great way to repurpose your old muffin tin. It’s a fantastic mental exercise that will keep your dog occupied and focused.
To start, place the muffin tin flat on a surface and drop a treat or piece of kibble into each muffin cup. Then, cover each cup with a tennis ball or any other suitable object, as the objective here is for your dog to figure out how to remove the balls to access the yummy treats underneath.
Remember to use tennis balls suitable to your dog’s size, and like all of our tips here, ensure that your dog is supervised at all times for their own safety.
The Digging Box
Digging can naturally provide mental and physical stimulation for dogs, so the digging box is a great enrichment idea!
If your dog loves to dig, consider creating a designated digging spot using a large plastic storage bin or box with sand. Just ensure that they have safe access to the box. Once you have filled the box, you can hide toys or treats inside for them to dig for and discover.
The perfect game, especially if you have an old towel you no longer use. For this dog enrichment game, sprinkle treats onto the towel and roll it up. Your dog can then use their nose to sniff out the treats and finally unroll it to reveal and enjoy a tasty snack.
Consider tying the towel into a knot for an extra challenge for your furry friend.
For more inspiration, check out our expert tips on how to stop your dog from getting bored.
It’s important to supervise your dog at all times during enrichment time. Please be mindful of your dog’s physical limitations and only give them creative activities that are suitable and safe for your individual dog – after all, every dog is different!
Treats should be given in moderation and you may want to seek advice from your vet to ensure that treat-based activities won’t interfere with your dog’s dietary requirements.
Most of all, have fun!