Professional Dog Training to Bring Out the Best in Your Dog

Serving Everett, Snohomish, Mill Creek,

Bothell, Marysville, 

and Surrounding Areas

Professional Dog Training to Bring Out the Best in Your Dog

A small brown dog sniffs an orange and yellow flower.

Dogs In a Human World

 

We ask a lot of our dogs. We expect them to adapt to our homes, our language, our cities, our strange human schedules, and our expectations of what a dog should be. Sometimes we forget that dogs have their own ways of being. In short, dogs are dogs.

Dogs do require a lot of sleep, but they also have mental and physical needs that often go unmet. These days dogs are more pampered than ever, but that doesn’t mean that we are meeting their needs.

Dogs who are bored can become aggressive, hyperactive, destructive, lethargic, bark excessively, and develop a whole host of behavioural problems. Boredom can even impact their physical health.

Dogs need opportunities to just be dogs doing dog things. They need to be able to express their breed characteristics, as well as their innate dogness, but they need to be able to do this in ways that fit into our human world.

This is where enrichment comes in!

Several types of dog enrichment feeders, including a kong, topple, lick mat, pupsicle, and balls, on a gray rug

Why is Enrichment Important?

Enrichment gives dogs a sense of control over their environment, reduces stress, encourages learning, and best of all enrichment helps us build a stronger bond with our dogs.

 What is canine enrichment?

Canine enrichment is any activity that engages a dog’s brain and body. It is any activity that allows a dog to do doggy things.

A good enrichment plan can solve or improve many behavior issues. People are often surprised to find that a well-developed enrichment plan greatly improves the behaviour of their furry friend.

We will develop a custom plan to fit the needs of your dog based on their age, breed, size, living situation, and the needs of the family. Our enrichment programs are customized to the individual dog and their people.

The fee for a Custom Enrichment Plan is $100.

This includes a detailed description of all activities we recommend for your dog, as well as recipes, fun DIY suggestions to help save you money, and up to two follow-up phone calls or emails to make sure the plan is meeting the needs of the dog and the family.

A wire-haired ack russell terrier dog with an orange and white face is lying in the grass chewing on a bullystick

The Five Components of Enrichment

Enrichment has five components including:

Social: examples are playing, visiting, and hanging out with humans and other dogs. A visit to grandma’s house, going to the local park for a doggie playdate, or a trip to the local dog friendly cafe are all great social activities for dogs.

Nutritional: examples are lick mats and stuffed feeders, scatter feeding, puzzle toys, and searching for treats. Any food delivery system that stimulates foraging behaviours is beneficial for dogs.

Occupational: examples are dog sports (both formal competition and informal at-home sports), activities that engage the predatory sequence like tearing apart puppy bombs, and activities that fulfill breed specific traits.

Sensory: examples are any activities that engage the senses. Things like massage and different types of music are great for helping a dog to relax. Nose work is especially good for ALL dogs.

Physical: examples are fetch, decompression walks/off leash free running, sniffaris, dog-led walks, lunge line play, and dog sports, These activities will engage your dog’s body and their brain..

jack russel dog with green feet up on a table

Let Sunny Paws Design a Custom Enrichment Plan for Your Best Friend

 

The fee for a individualized enrichment plan is $100

 

This includes a one-hour in person appointnment in which we work together to create the perfect enrichment program for your dog. This program will include a detailed description of all activities we recommend for your dog, as well as recipes, DIY suggestions (to help save you money), and two check-in phone calls or emails to make sure the plan is meeting the needs of the dog and the family.

You may be surprised at how much of a difference a good enrichment program will make in your dog’s behavior.