I’ve been reading a really excellent book on canine enrichment, which includes not just the usual games and such, but enrichment for dogs from about a dozen perspectives, including space, safety, and so much more. Excellent read and easy reading, written by two folks who have excellent qualifications in behavioral issues as well as dog training. It is linked above, but is called Canine Enrichment for the Real World.
It got me thinking about some more, well, enriching, activities for our dogs, especially since Leelu can’t walk 3-4 miles a day as we were doing for so many months. With her possible ACL injury, walks need to be shorter and a mile or so a day is more what we shoot for now. Plus it is just too damn cold at the moment. <g>
So every day, when Marley takes Bodhi out, Leelu and Gracie get a “find it” game. (They would knock into blind Bodhi, so we play this game when Bodhi’s out walking.) I take 20 3 calorie treats and divide each into thirds, so about 1 calorie per treat. And I scatter them all over the living room, dining room, and some near-by areas. Release the hounds, and the “Find it” game is on! Some are on the floor, some up on things, behind things, buried in dog beds, all sort of fun. It takes them about 10 minutes to find everything. I filmed a few minutes of it today to show you the game. Hope you enjoy!
And just fyi, Leelu is trailing a short lead because of her “episodes” recently. When she gets scared I can’t get a leash on her without risking injury to me, so she’s wearing one for awhile so I can be sure of getting her out to potty. She’s been really good for the last 5 days, but I’m not ready to take the lead of just yet!!