We’ve put together some brain games and enrichment ideas for dogs during the coronavirus lockdown period to help keep your dogs happy.
Enrichment is described as giving animals’ mental stimulation that allows them to perform natural behaviours, permits them to be more active and increases the control over their environment. Enrichment helps satisfy both the physical and psychological needs of animals and allows them to make choices and encourages them to use their brain to solve puzzles and problems. This can increase their overall happiness and satisfaction, whilst reducing boredom, anxiety and physical and psychological energy.
How to play the towel roll game with your dog
Enrichment games don’t have to be expensive or difficult to set up. All you need is a towel and some of your dogs kibble. Watch the video below to see our trainers do it or read the steps below.
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- Lay the towel out flat and scatter the food at varying distances over the whole area.
- Starting at one end, roll up the towel towards the other end.
- Release your dog to find the treats by pushing the towel with their nose or feet to unravel it.
This can help build confidence and uses their nose to work out how to access the treats.
Tip! Help them out by pointing and unravelling if they are struggling or roll it up tighter to make it more difficult.
See all of our good ideas for lockdown here.