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Enriching Your Horse's Life

  Studies have shown that captive animals live healthier, less stressful lives if they have opportunities to spend time doing things they'd normally do in the wild. Giving animals outlets for their natural instincts, ways to work for their food and interesting environments to live in is called enrichment. If you go to the zoo, you'll notice that many of the animals have toys that dispense fo...

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Enrich Your Pet Bird's Life

Enrichment, foraging, toys, devices and quality of life are all phrases that are thrown around in the pet bird world on a regular basis. We all have a general knowledge of what they mean, but is there truly understanding of how to create an effective enrichment plan for your pet bird? With this article, I hope to walk you through those terms, the end result being a more enriched life for your comp...

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Small Mammal Marketplace: Profit with En…

In line with the growing popularity of small mammals and pocket pets, the industry continues to showcase a large variety of fun, new accessories designed to appeal to the critters and to the 5 million U.S. households caring for at least one small animal. “There is a strong consumer demand for products that will provide both exercise and enrichment for small animals,” said Paul Demas project manag...

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About Us


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



Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Aaron Weissberg DVM

Dr. Weissberg studied veterinary medicine , zoology and entomology in Pretoria South Africa and has worked with exotic and domestic animals for 32 years-very knowledgeable regarding mind/body connection and believes strongly in the mind/body connection.  He believes that enrichment helps maintain emotional and behavioral health which in turn balances physical health. 

Monday, 23 July 2012 18:29

Debbie Winkler

Debbie Winkler CABC, CPDT-KA has been providing behavior consultations & training for many domestic & exotic species for 25 years. She helped create the first national certification for professional dog  trainers & is both past vice president and president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Debbie is also SATS certified, teaches and provides practical hours for animal training and behavior in MD, and also teaches animal behavior and training at Kutztown University in PA.

Saturday, 21 July 2012 00:48

Steps to Enrich ANY Animal

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 00:43

Sample Avian Enrichment

  • —Social enrichment
  • —Large cage
  • —Time out of cage
  • —Multiple foraging opportunities
  • —Bathing/misting
  • —Shredding opportunities
Saturday, 21 July 2012 00:33

Sample Enrichment for Horses

  • —Social enrichment of being with another horse
  • —Grazing/foraging opportunities
  • —Variety in foraging substances
  • —Enough room to browse

Saturday, 21 July 2012 00:21

Avoid Stressors

Relaxing outdoors

  • —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

—- 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

Friday, 20 July 2012 22:54

Sample Enrichment for Felines

  • —Scratching posts that are tall enough & do not wobble
  • —Different substrates in more than 1 litter box
  • —Scent stimulation
  • —Dry food in treat dispensing balls
  • —Lure chasing followed by wet food
Friday, 20 July 2012 22:51

Modern History

Since the 1950s & continuing presently, there have been numerous studies documenting the need for captive animals to have the most natural habitats designed to promote species typical & specific behaviors & the term “environmental enrichment” was coined.  This has extended to include enrichment for people who are living in institutional settings like nursing homes, assisted living centers & hospice facilities & is known as the Eden Alternative

Friday, 20 July 2012 22:45

History of Environmental Enrichment

As early as 1920, non-human primate researcher, Robert Yerkeys designed & created items for his research animals to use for play & documented stress relief.
In the 1940s, Dr. Hediger researched the importance of housing animals that naturally lived in social groups together for stress reduction & to increase natural behaviors to be exhibited.