Ebook: Canine Enrichment for the Real World

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Allie Bender and Emily Strong
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Dogwise Publishing
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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 Mark D. on 10th Aug 2022

    Amazing book! I''ve been wondering about such topics as mental stimulation (and others covered in the book) for some time! Thank you so much, Allie and Emily, for writing this book! You're the best!!

  • 5
    Great Resource

    Posted by J. Berg on 22nd May 2022

    Lots of great ideas for helping to improve the lives of dogs in our human world. Lots of science to back it up, too.

  • 5
    Canine Enrichment for the Real World

    Posted by Anat Shalev on 3rd Aug 2020

    Brilliant, thorough, super important. thank you.

  • 5
    Give This Book to Every Dog Person You Know

    Posted by Jessica C on 16th Jul 2020

    Highly recommend. I've begun recommending this book to owners as well as volunteers working with shelter and foster dogs. It is a great introduction and overview to, not just enrichment how trainers may think of it, but all the ways we can build emotional stability and behavior health in dogs. I love the explanations of why R+ training is important as well as why dominance theory isn't working for dogs. Non-judgmental and realistic. A+

  • 5
    A fantastic book

    Posted by Louise Yates on 12th Jun 2020

    I originally borrowed this book from my library, but loved it so much that I had to buy it. I run a commercial dog boarding kennel and wrote a blog post about it recommending that our clients read it too.

  • 5
    Canine Enrichment for the Real World

    Posted by Shawna on 11th Jun 2020

    This book is a fantastic look at the science behind enrichment and how you can easily encourporate it into your life.

  • 5
    A fantastic book

    Posted by Sharon H on 7th Dec 2019

    Required reading for all pet guardians and trainers..