Enrichment for dogs during the Covid-19 lockdown

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Many caregivers are struggling with finding ways in which to give their dogs the mental and physical stimulation they need during the Covid-19 lockdown. Our wonderful ISCP members have generously offered to share their tips, ideas, videos, booklets and presentations on how to enrich the lives of dogs who can currently only be walked close to the home for short periods. We hope you’ll find these useful!

 

 

Quick tips

 

Charlotte Leech. You can make enrichment toys out of things you already have at home – your recycling in particular. I’ll hide treats in egg boxes, hide treats in cereal boxes and put some scrunched up newspaper in the box to make them forage more for the treats. A lot of dogs enjoy ripping up the boxes too, it does just create a bit of mess for you to clean up afterwards!

 

Jill Breitner. Do animal husbandry training for pups and dogs who are fearful of groomers and vets. Low stress handling and restraint, brushing, blow dryer, etc.

Paula Tanner. I have big trees in my garden, so I squish sausage, sardine or cheese into the trunks at various heights. Nyla loves her sausage trees.

E-books and presentations

 

Ruby Leslie. E-book. Canine Enrichment & Coronavirus

http://www.welfare4animals.org/blog/canine-enrichment-and-coronavirus

Roman Gottfried. Keep your dog happy during a long-term self-quarantine

https://www.canva.com/design/DAD21OvF9a4/XNwntUVU4Bl9bH1mmTXybw/view

Freya Locke. Care, enrichment and training for dogs during self-isolation

https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=B018F67C58C6DB13!28695&ithint=file%2cdocx&authkey=!AAPGkizMy6n7ZbQ

Debby Lucken of PocoDogs will be going live on YouTube every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am GMT for 15 minutes to share tips about enrichment and training. These start on March 30th and you can watch the introductory video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OOfJfUj0ec

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookie’s Boredom Buster Brain Games – 1: Blanket Roll

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBD5PnVIaPI

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookie’s Boredom Buster Brain Games – 2: Snuffle Mat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewS9pf4J6s4

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookie’s Boredom Buster Brain Games – 3: Bottle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-cq5NnhuKE

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookies Boredom Buster Brain Games 4 – Cupcake tin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EXan5e3TfU

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookies Boredom Buster Brain Games 5: The Scatter Feed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG5Ry_zMYI0

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookie’s Boredom Buster Brain Games 6: Fun Search
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL04ydyP7GE

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookie’s Boredom Buster Brain Games 7: ‘Find It’ Feeding Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBqKFr9H5Fs

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookie’s Boredom Buster Brain Games 8: DIY Tennis Ball
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7ph3TBn_Yo

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookie’s Boredom Buster Brain Games 9: The Ball Pit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU3v-FHydvU

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookie’s Boredom Buster Brain Game 10: Rug n roll
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ1yy5rTlAg

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookies Boredom Buster Brain Games 11: simple enrichment box
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp8fZwKG-O4

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookie’s TowelBox
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBm4SGWcnJM

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookies dissector ball

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i6hX-nBvF4

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookie’s Tshirt Tie Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4kFkXdKekU

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Sookie’s Dinner Enrichment Box
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMzoWZJneOo

Emma Goulding-Bosworth. Frozen feeder
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHyfIkQvhHk&t=6s

Facebook

Thanks to Renee Rhoades for suggesting this Facebook group.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/K9.enrichment.reviews/

Another excellent Facebook group is Canine Enrichment

https://www.facebook.com/groups/canineenrichment/

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