Ways to Enrich Your Pet's Life

Enrichment is an important way to keep your pet active, curious and excited about life. Look at your pet's daily activities and see where you can add a new spark of fun and excitement on a regular basis. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1) Find the Treat: Hide treats around the house in places your pet routinely explores. Your pet's sense of smell will do the rest! Each time you hide treats, vary the location. This will help keep your pet on her toes and actively searching her environment.

2) Pets Play When Mom's Away: Find a special toy that your pet gets really excited about and designate it for use only when you leave the house. As your pet walks you to the door hand her the toy. When you arrive home, the special toy is immediately put away till your next departure.

3) Make Your Pet a Popsicle: This is a treat that is commonly used in zoos to entertain large carnivores but can be easily adapted for cats and dogs. Take an ice cube tray, fill it halfway with water and insert a dollop of canned tuna. (If you have a cat, you can even sprinkle in a bit of dried catnip) Place in the freezer until frozen solid. One cube at a time makes a fun and tasty treat!

4) Blow Some Bubbles: It's amazing how much fun pets have with bubbles. They bat, pounce, bite and chase them. They don't have to be expensive or specially scented for pets to enjoy; a 99-cent jug from the drugstore will do the job. This is an activity that works both indoors and out with very little cleanup.

5) Peekaboo: Put toys in unlikely places. A toy mouse peeking out from between a sofa cushion, or a squeaky toy hiding in a paper bag can be quite a thrill for a household pet. With this game, discovery is key and you will be amazed at how creative you will become at setting up toys for your pet to find.

There are limitless ways to create fun for companion animals. The more you learn about their natural behaviors and dominate senses the easier it will be for you to design intriguing activities for them to enjoy.

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