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Our aim is to provide humane education regarding environmental enrichment to enhance the life of all captive animals.

Thursday, 26 July 2012 15:06

The Truth About Pit Bulls

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What Is a Pit Bull?There’s a great deal of confusion associated with the label “pit bull.” This isn’t surprising because the term doesn’t describe a single breed of dog. Depending on whom you ask, it can refer to just a couple of breeds or to as many as five—and all mixes of these breeds. The most narrow and perhaps most accurate definition of the term “pit bull” refers to just two breeds: the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) and the American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff). Some people include the Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Bulldog in this…
Thursday, 26 July 2012 14:40

Training Your Dog

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Why Should You Do It?Many people can’t imagine life without dogs. We admire and adore them for their loyalty, unconditional affection, playful exuberance and zest for life. Nevertheless, dogs and people are very different animals. Although officially “man’s best friend,” dogs have some innocent but irksome tendencies—like jumping up to greet, barking, digging and chewing—that can make it downright difficult to live with them! To make the most of your relationship with your dog, you need to teach her some important skills that will help her live harmoniously in a human household.Learning how to train your dog will improve your…
Thursday, 26 July 2012 14:03

Exercise For Dogs

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Dogs are born to work for a living. They’ve worked alongside us for thousands of years, and most are bred for a particular purpose, like hunting, herding livestock or providing protection. Dogs’ wild relatives spend most of their waking hours scavenging and hunting for food, caring for offspring, defending territory and playing with each other. They lead busy, complex lives, interacting socially and solving simple problems necessary for their survival.The most common job for our companion dogs today, however, is Couch Potato! They no longer have to earn their keep and instead have to adjust to our more sedentary lifestyles.…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 19:38

Increasing Adoptability

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When in homes, most dogs are able to enjoy cuddling, playing, sniffing, eating treats, going for walks, visiting with people and dogs, and learning new things. Although all shelters must provide dogs with food, water, and shelter, it is also important to provide them with social interaction, mental stimulation, and the exercise that they need. The enrichment programs described in this section will help shelters fulfill these basic needs.  To keep track of your daily enrichment programs for each dog, see our Canine Chronicle [PDF]. Remember, not all dogs are the same, and each one will prefer to do different…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 18:53

Enriching Your Dog's Life

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Boredom and excess energy are two common reasons for behavior problems in dogs. This makes sense because they’re meant to lead active lives. Wild dogs spend about 80% of their waking hours hunting and scavenging for food. Domestic dogs have been helping and working alongside us for thousands of years, and most are bred for a specific purpose, such as hunting, farming or protection. For example, retrievers and pointers were bred to locate and fetch game and water birds. Scent hounds, like coonhounds and beagles, were bred to find rabbits, foxes and other small prey. Dogs like German shepherds, collies,…
Saturday, 21 July 2012 00:48

Steps to Enrich ANY Animal

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Know the animal: —Does the animal live in groups I.E. pack, flock, herd, pod, school? —Is the animal diurnal, nocturnal or crepuscular? —Is the animal predator, scavenger or forager? Combination of all? —Is the animal migratory or territorial? —Is the animal arboreal, or live on the ground, in a den? —What are the most common types of food consumed?
Saturday, 21 July 2012 00:21

Avoid Stressors

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—Crates can be too confining for dogs over 6 months —Often only provide enough room to turn around —How many hours could you spend in your linen closet or shower stall? —Consider using 4x4’ x-pens or kennels
Saturday, 21 July 2012 00:14

Sample Enrichment for Canines

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—- Leisurely sniffing walks - —Interaction with another dog- —Freedom off lead in a safe area- —Wet food in a Kong or Twist & Treat- —Dry food in a Kibble Nibble