Most of us have heard "A tired dog is a good dog." Well, what makes a tired dog?
Working a dog's brain is more stimulating and therefore, more 'tiring' than physical activity alone.
Enrichment in the form of games and activities that are of moderate to high intensity lowers stress in dogs and encourages them to learn more efficiently, increases their problem-solving abilities and leads to a more emotionally balanced and confident dog. While physical activity is important for overall dog wellness, activities such as dog sports and playing games are also fantastic for mental enrichment. Structured games allow the dog to use instinct, skill and physical abilities during purposeful play.
Free play is an important part of a dogs day at Ruff Life Dog Care. Incorporating enrichment activities has these additional benefits;
*It can lead to better behavior in public and at home. Energy that is directed toward positive, healthy experiences and productive training and playtime make dogs less likely to engage in destructive or bad behaviors.
*It allows dogs to be dogs and can help people see their dogs engaging in species-appropriate behaviors in a more positive light. (“Oh! She really does love to chew! She carries her new X-bone everywhere with her! I thought she just really loved my shoes!”).
*It can help reinforce social manners and training.
7am-9am : Dogs and their friends arrive to start the day.
9am-12pm : Outside time to play, run and explore. Also, games and light training.
12pm-2pm : Enrichment of the week!
Then, quiet time to decompress and rest with friends or a quiet toy. Lunch is also served for those that eat it.
2pm-4pm : Outside adventure time. Also, games and light training.
4pm-6pm : Inside play and winding down for going home.
Report cards are emailed daily.