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 rescues 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 best types of enrichment, for most rescue dogs, involve interaction with people or other dogs.
So what can we provide for them:
- Playing with other dog
- Playing with people
- Hanging out with people
As all of our dogs have varying levels of sociability to other dogs they need to be given interaction opportunities that work for them. While some dogs thrive in groups, others do better on 1:1 walks or walks with a familiar canine buddy. Not only is this good enrichment, it’s important for their social skills and it makes them easier to adopt.
We have a fantastic team of volunteers who come in to walk and play with the dogs but I wonder how we could make life better for them? I would like to have some basic agility equipment which would engage both the dogs and the volunteers and I would also love to hear from anyone who could do some doggy massage, especially T – Touch.
Often the SPA is the first place an animal hears a kind word or gets the medical care they need. It can be a place to recover from abuse or find a forever home, to learn to trust or learn social skills that will help them get adopted. I have seen so many dogs come into the SPA as miserable, broken shells and prance out the door, shiny and healthy and full of life, ready to take on the world with their adopters.
We are always looking at how we can make our dogs lives better..if you have any thoughts then please get in touch!
Any T -Touch practitioners who would like to help?