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Easy At Home Dog Enrichment Ideas

Monday, March 6th, 2023

Enrichment is the process of providing animals with structured activities and experiences which enable them to perform and express natural behaviours. It is of vital importance that all animals are allowed to do this, especially those as intelligent and sentient as dogs. Owners can provide much of the enrichment a dog needs at home, and this blog will offer some easy ideas for how you can do this yourself.

As deeply social animals, dogs thrive off companionship with humans and other animals they have bonded with. A simple but often overlooked way to improve your dog’s quality of life is just spending more time together, and less time leaving it alone. Even if you feel that your dog does not suffer from separation anxiety, it would still benefit from and enjoy sharing more time with you. Having dogs live together goes some way in providing additional companionship, but is not a substitute for spending quality time with your pets.

Scent is a dog’s strong sense, which when engaged is incredibly mentally stimulating. Dogs should always be encouraged to use their scent and easy ways to do so at home include hiding treats which can be sniffed out and placing plug-in smell diffusers in rooms they spent the most time in. The mental stimulation scenting causes is as important as physical exercise, so if you can see your dog is interesting in sniffing something it is usually best to let it do so until its interest has passed.

Enrichment can also be tailored to a breed’s particular characteristics which reflect the work they were developed to undertake. For example, Labradors are likely to enjoy access to paddling pools and water features, whereas a Jack Russell Terrier would benefit from squeaky chew toys which mimic the rodents it was bred to hunt.

With a little imagination, owners can provide their pet and working dogs with a range of different enrichment activities without ever having to leave their home. This offers a range of benefits, chiefly happier and more fulfilled dogs. For more advice, please consult a dog trainer or behaviourist.

How Often Do I Need to Walk My Dog?

Monday, February 27th, 2023

Daily walks are a deeply ingrained into British dog-owning culture. At least once a day and generally in the morning, owners will take their dog for a walk round the block before returning home. While widely accepted, this notion should be challenged. In reality, dogs often need more frequent and diverse exercise than a brisk morning walk. While each dog’s individual needs differ, defaulting to less is seldom a good idea.

Two forty five minute walks a day first thing in the morning, and then again in the evening is a good starting point with frequent outside trips so they can use the toilet, especially after meals. Breeds naturally have different energy levels, and these will often dictate a particular dog’s appetite and tolerance for exercise. Working line dogs will generally be more energetic than family companions, so a working Dutch Shepherd or Malinois will need more exercise than a Shih Tzu.

There are other ways to exercise dogs beyond a walk, though. These all have their own merits, with variety often being beneficial to the dogs concerned. Dogs with a high prey drive enjoy chasing fast moving objects, so games of fetch with a tennis ball or Kong, or flirt pole sessions can all be good ways to outlet energy. Owners often feel that these kinds of activities tire their dogs out more than a conventional walk, and they can be a more time efficient way to provide exercise.

Ultimately, owners must find what works best for their dogs and try to be consistent with however that manifests. Regular exercise is vital for a dog’s physical and mental wellbeing, and a key time for them to be able to display natural behaviours. For additional advice, we recommend contacting and consulting an experienced trainer or behaviourist. They are best placed to help you increase your dog’s activity levels, and will fully understand why this is so important.

Our Story | My Dog Nutrition

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

MyDog Nutrition is a small business which operates out of East Yorkshire. We are a collective of highly experienced dog trainers, handlers, and owners who shared a passion for providing the very best for our four legged friends. We wanted the dogs we own and work with to perform as highly as possible, and after much searching for the perfect nutritional supplement decided to formulate our very own: Rejuvenate.

When formulating Rejuvenate, we asked ourselves which health benefits we wanted our dogs to experience, identified the relevant natural ingredients, and developed what would become our flagship product. Incorporating fish collagen, egg shell powder, chlorella, and Vitamins C and E, Rejuvenate can support your dog’s joint health, skin and coat condition, and digestive functions. Dogs of all ages can benefit from this product, and we add it to our working dogs’ daily feeds as a matter of course.

We have seen our dogs thrive since introducing Rejuvenate to their diets. We believe that all dogs can benefit from proper supplementation, be they pets or working animals. To find out more, please email [email protected].

Best Supplements For Dogs

Wednesday, January 4th, 2023

The dog supplement industry is saturated and competitive. With so many options, it can be hard for owners to understand which products they should purchase and give to their dogs. However, following a few principles and knowing what to look for can make this process easier and less intimidating.

As a general rule, we would always advise sourcing supplements from smaller businesses. In contrast to larger corporations, a small family-owned business is perhaps more likely to be guided by genuine concern for animal health and wellbeing over maximising profit margins. A small dog nutritional supplement company will often sell products its directors have formulated for their own animals. This high level of personal investment tends to result in a superior product, and its importance should not be underestimated.

We would also recommend prioritising supplements with higher quality ingredients. As a rule, organic and all natural products are better. These are most likely to achieve the best results, as well as offer maximal benefit. Dogs find natural ingredients easiest to digest, so these will always be preferable to artificial or more processed alternatives.

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