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Your dog’s ideal day!

Have you ever wondered what your dog’s ideal day would look like?

Naps on the couch, a stroll through the woods?

While every dog is different, there are few things that I believe all dogs would like to do on an ideal day.

Using their brains

If you are familiar with me and my work you have heard me preach on enrichment. What I mean by enrichment is using your dog’s normal meal time and even outside of that to give them a chance to use their brains to get their food. Basically all mammals (and especially dogs) would prefer to work for their food versus getting it for free. The phenomenon is referred to as “contra free loading”.

This is important for young dogs, active dogs and senior dogs alike. Weather that’s a slow bowl feeder at meal time or a frozen kong when you leave, every dog would include enrichment in their ideal day if they could talk! For ideas on enrichment, check out my EBOOK, and my DIY Enrichment Blog. Another great way to give your dog a chance to use their brain is through positive reinforcement training. You can teach simple behaviors such as sit and work up to teaching them more advanced tasks like stay! Critically thinking during training is a great outlet for dogs who seem “bored” or for dogs that seem to be finding their own ways to critically think!

This is important for young dogs, active dogs and senior dogs alike. Weather that’s a slow bowl feeder at meal time or a frozen kong when you leave, every dog would include enrichment in their ideal day if they could talk! For ideas on enrichment, check out my EBOOK. Another great way to give your dog a chance to use their brain is through positive reinforcement training. You can teach simple behaviors such as sit and work up to teaching them more advanced tasks like stay! Critically thinking during training is a great outlet for dogs who seem “bored” or for dogs that seem to be finding their own ways to critically think!

Using their noses

While we humans rely on our eyesight as our strongest sense, your dog’s strongest sense is smell. In Alexandra Horowitz book “Being A Dog” she describes how humans have a measly 6 million olfactory receptors while our dogs have hundreds of millions. We can’t even begin to understand what it must be like to take in the world through their nose. When you know that so much of your dog’s experience is smell, it makes sense to utilize that!

I am a huge advocate for allowing dogs the space and time to sniff and explore. This requires patience from you, you need to be willing to stop every few feet as your dog takes in the world through their nose. An even better way to allow your dog to smell as much as they choose is allowing them to be off leash and follow their nose. Smelling new and exciting things is absolutely a part of your dog’s ideal day. Check my Instagram feed for more reasons to let your dog sniff!

Using their bodies

Dogs aren’t meant to walk at your side in the same repetitive motion. Dogs should be allowed to move freely and at their pace. This is best accomplished in an off leash setting. You should make the time to let your dog move freely. By allowing your dog to move freely you allow them to use their bodies in a much more productive way. Running, changing directions and trotting at their desired pace. I assure you that if your dog could talk they would tell you moving as they wish off leash is part of their ideal day.

Swimming counts!

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Happy Training!

-Rachel