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Indoor canine enrichment

Regular enrichment is not only fun but it is great way for dogs to engage their brain and use their natural instincts, like smelling, playing and scavenging. Enrichment activities can take place both indoors or out and in this blog post we’ve identified a few DIY home activities you can create yourself.

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Tug of war

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Tug of war

It may seem obvious but a safe game with a pull toy can expel a lot of excess energy. Be careful to keep the balance of not overexciting your dog and to keep it fun.

It’s important to calm our dog down after a high energy game, try some scatter feeding to help them unwind and engage their brains.

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Scavenger hunt

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Scavenger hunt

Show your dog some treats and have them wait while you hide them around the house and garden. Be sure to keep the hiding places accessible and safe, such as under a rug, behind a door or in a shoe. Release your dog and encourage them to “find” as even if your dog does not know this command they will eventually understand the game.

Follow your dog and be sure to make a fuss when they find a treat, you can make the hiding places a little trickier each time you play.

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Training

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Training

Its the perfect time to practice those tricks we never quite mastered. The Blue Cross has some great tips and advice on how dogs learn, meaning you will be Crufts ready in no time!

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