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  • Writer's pictureVirginia Dare

Enrichment Essentials

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VagaBond is working on emptying a Kibble Nibble

When I meet with clients, no matter the age or breed or energy level of the dog, I almost always discuss the topic of enrichment. When I say enrichment, I'm referring to items and activities that:

  • Make their day more interesting

  • Meet their natural doggie urges

  • Burn excess energy

  • Build confidence and problem solving abilities

  • Keep them gainfully employed rather than getting into mischief

You may already be familiar with interactive toys and food puzzles like the one you see in the photo above. There are literally dozens of options to choose from, and they're very helpful for puppies and adult dogs alike. But enrichment doesn't have to revolve solely around food. Getting to explore, using their noses, investigating novel objects, playing games with us, and participating in positive reinforcement training sessions are also enriching and satisfying.

There are so many nifty ways to add fun and interest to your dog's day, and it doesn't need to take up a lot of your time or your cash. Another trainer friend, Sue Lavoie, and I decided to produce a presentation to share a bunch of popular strategies we frequently turn to. The presentation is free and available on Youtube. Just click on the image below --

enrichment for dogs

We hope you'll check it out. (Your dogs will thank you for it!) And please feel free to share the link with anyone you know who may find it helpful. In the coming weeks, a new and advanced presentation will be available. Send me a message if you're interested in learning more about it.

Virginia Dare is a certified dog trainer & behavior counselor with decades of experience. Her business offers live video consultations anywhere in the US for training and behavior help, along with pre- and post-arrival counseling for new puppy parents.

She also provides in-home, private lessons and behavior consultations in the northern areas of Fairfield and Westchester counties, western New Haven county, Putnam and southern Dutchess counties.

Please visit to learn more, or contact me at 804.784.0120

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Oct 16, 2022

Virginia, I'm glad I took advantage of the virtual presentation offered by the OCFPL I look forward to your newsletter. and I've been able to use info from nearly every one. This new topic abt enrichment is just what we need for our newest rescue. At 3 yrs old, she is full of energy, and some of it has to be "redirected". Please include my e-mail in the advanced presentation when it's available.



Virginia Dare
Virginia Dare
Oct 16, 2022
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Hi Carolyn, Thanks so much for your feedback. I'm glad you find the articles helpful. The second presentation is considerably longer (45 min, I believe) and there's a small fee for it. If you're interested, please contact me at :-) Virginia

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