7 Easy, Cheap, and Homemade Enrichment Games and Activities For Dogs

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Mental enrichment is just as, if not more important than physical exercise. Stimulating your dogs brain is vital to ensure you have a happy and healthy pooch.
This can be done in many ways, from teaching them a new trick, meeting new friends, taking an extra sniffy walk, or by using one of our activities below.
The activities can be altered to suit you and your pet. They rely on your dog using their nose to hunt and retrieve treats. This will help to occupy them, as well as mentally exhausting them.
These games also work great if you have a dog who likes to eat far too quickly! Use these simple activities to make dinner times an enrichment opportunity.
Disclaimer: Never leave your pet unattended with any toys or enrichment activities. Parts can break off and if ingested can cause serious harm.

 

Quick Video Of 7 Quick and Easy Enrichment Activities 

 

 

Step-By-Step Instructions For Our Favorite 7 Enrichment Activities

 

1. Blanket Roll

You Will Need:
  • A blanket or towel
  • Treats
Directions:
1. Lay the blanket out flat
2. Roll the blanket up, evenly distributing the treats.
3. Give the roll to your dog to let them search for the treats.

 

2. Muffin Tray

You Will Need:
  • 12 tennis, or similar sized, balls
  • Treats
  • A muffin tin
Directions:
1. Fill every few holes with a treat.
2. Cover with the balls.
3. Let your dog work out how to move the balls from the muffin tin to retrieve the treats.

 

3. Snuffle Box

You Will Need:
  • Boxes, tubes, egg boxes, paper, etc.
  • Treats
Directions:
1. Use the material to hide the treats inside the box.
2. Allow your dog to hunt through the box for the treats

 

4. Snake Blanket

You Will Need: 
  • A small blanket or scarf
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Treats
Directions:
1. Tread the blanket through the rolls.
2. Hide treats in the blanket folds and rolls.
3. Let your dog snuffle the treats out.

 

5. Water Bobbing

You Will Need:
  • A waterproof tub
  • Your dogs favorite vegetable
  • Water
Directions:
1. Fill the tub with water (if your dog is short-snouted, or not confident with water, do not use much water).
2. Add treats.
3. Let your dog bob for the treats.

 

6. Towel Plait

You Will Need:
  • 3 dish towels or scarves
  • Treats
  • 2 bands
Directions:
1. Tie a band around the 3 dish towels at the top.
2. Plait the dish towels, one under, one over, until you reach the base.
3. Tie another band to secure the plait.
4. Place treats inside the plait for your dog to search for.

 

7. Tube Tub

You Will Need:
  • A tub
  • Enough empty toilet paper rolls to fill the tub
  • Treats
Directions:
1. Fill the tub with the toilet paper rolls.
2. Scatter treats into the tub.
3. Let your dog search and pick out the treats.

 

 

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Disclaimer: Each dog is different, and every circumstance is different. All efforts have been made to provide accurate information. However, it is not provided by a qualified Veterinarian, Veterinarian Surgeon, or Behaviorist. The information provided is purely educational. The information should not be used as an alternative or substitute for medical care. If you have any health or medical concerns, contact a qualified Veterinary Surgeon or Veterinarian immediately.

 

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