Canine Enrichment for the Real World

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Allie Bender and Emily Strong
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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
    Canine Enrichment for the Real World

    Posted by Kylee on 2nd Oct 2021

    Really wonderful perspective on to understand what it really is to connect with your dog on a deeper level. It explains why certain things we often do without thinking actually negatively impact our dogs and how to change how we approach our interactions with our dogs to truly bond with them and gain their trust. Fabulous book.

  • 5
    One of the Best Books on Dogs

    Posted by Robynn Harris, CCFT on 30th Sep 2021

    I loved this book so much I bought a dozen of them to give out to my students. Every dog lover should read this book!

  • 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!