Enrichment is exactly as it defined. To add more or make more meaningful. Enrichment is a way of enhancing your dog’s life by catering to its physical and mental needs and ensuring that your dog is sufficiently stimulated.
Even if all needs are met, you can still enrich further.
Enrichment can include toys and puzzles but it isn’t just about artificial toys which it has become synonymous with in the dog world, anything that improves upon what is already there is enrichment. That could include rest or cuddles or sports if that is what would most enhance that dogs life.
‘Artifical’ enrichment is a great tool where you as an owner can find extra ways to enhance their dogs lives, whether that is because the dog is not physically or mentally able to access ‘natural’ ways of having those needs met, or if the you cannot provide them for whatever reason.
Enrichment both ‘natural’ and ‘artifical’ is about enjoying your dogs and increasing your bond. You do things together, figure things out together, learn together and succeed together. Whether that’s a scentwork session, exploring a forest or working out how to get the cheese out of the puzzle toy.
Enriching your dogs, enriches you.
As all tools, enrichment needs to be employed appropriately. A hammer can assist in repairing a shelf, but can smash a mirror.