Canine Enrichment for the Real World

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Allie Bender and Emily Strong
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Dogwise Publishing

In the world of dogs, there is now more awareness than ever of the need to provide enrichment, especially in shelters. But what exactly is enrichment? The concept is pretty straightforward: learn what your dog’s needs are, and then structure an environment and routine that allows them to engage in behaviors they find enriching. To truly enrich your dog’s life, you should offer them opportunities to engage in natural or instinctual behaviors. Aside from the limitations we have to place on a dog in today’s modern, busy world, the biggest constraint to enriching your dog’s life is your imagination!

What the experts say about Canine Enrichment:

Don’t let the word “enrichment” in the title fool you into thinking that the scope of this book is too narrow or not something you will find valuable. It focuses comprehensively on meeting your dog’s needs and is written in a holistic, science-based, practical, straightforward, and easy-to-understand way. I love this book!
Ken Ramirez, author of Animal Training: Successful Animal Management Through Positive Reinforcement

Canine Enrichment is a deep dive into what dogs really need and how we can provide it. It’s a great book for dog lovers who want to go beyond the standard superficialities of “dogs need exercise.” Just the chapter on agency is worth the price of the book!
Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB Emeritus, author of The Other End of the Leash and The Education of Will

The scope of this book is ambitious and the authors deliver, navigating the subject of enrichment with depth and relevance. Caregivers will gain critically important perspectives and practical information to improve the lives of their animals.
Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Utah State University, and founder of Behavior Works, LLC

Allie Bender, CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA, and Emily Strong, CDBC, CPBT-KA, SBA, are certified behavior consultants who work with all companion animal species. They co-founded and operate Pet Harmony, LLC, and First Train Home.

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  • 5
    So Thorough!

    Posted by Zee on 22nd May 2021

    There is a chapter for everyone in this book. Very thorough and truly holistic approach to canine enrichment.

  • 5
    Canine enrichment for the real world

    Posted by Paul Bujold on 9th Nov 2020

    Wonderful book! Perfect mix of science and practical application. Allie and Emily are great, check them out online if you’re interested.

  • 5
    Excellent book

    Posted by KLS on 24th Aug 2020

    the authors back up all they say with good facts and judgements based on scientific research... an excellent read!

  • 5
    Canine Enrichment for the Real World

    Posted by Kate R. on 29th Jul 2020

    Great book, full of pearls of wisdom about keeping your dog mentally stimulated while having fun.

  • 5
    Canine enrichment is useful

    Posted by joan on 25th Jan 2020

    A very interesting book, lots of science to back up the ideas, expands my options to improve my dog's life.

  • 5
    Recommended for trainers, shelter staff, motivated pet owners

    Posted by Donna on 16th Jan 2020

    This book does not focus on things like how to stuff a Kong. This book tells you about enrichment - why it's important, what types might work in a situation, some history, and easy-to-follow science. Inter-related topics such as common-sense safety, fostering independence, and not using enrichment to just exhaust a dog so it's quiet, but using enrichment so a dog has a fulfilling life, learns and succeeds, as well as including owners to foster bond-building. I did enjoy and would recommend. Thanks ladies for putting this all together.

  • 5
    Canine enrichment for the real world

    Posted by Judy Hayes on 7th Nov 2019

    My goodness. I began learning from the very beginning! Granted, I have much to learn, but the concept that science matters in this field is new to me.
    Excellent book! Highly recommend!

  • 3
    Canine Enrichment for real world

    Posted by Linda on 1st Nov 2019

    I wish I could give a great review, but it just did not hold my interest. Rather boring.

  • 5
    A must read for any dog lover

    Posted by Nelia Cook on 26th Oct 2019

    This book is amazingly comprehensive, yet easy to read. Canine enrichment is a complex and multi-faceted subject, yet the authors do a great job of presenting all sides of their topic in a way that is engaging. Their writing is both parts anecdotal and scientific but never drags. I would highly recommend this book for any trainer or dog owner looking to enrich their dog’s life by getting a glimpse into their mind.