Updated: Dec 29, 2021
Here are a few ways for puppy enrichment from my book Puppy Socialization – An Insider’s Guide to Dog Behavioral Fitness. Check it out to discover hundreds(!) of suggestions on puppy enrichment, socialization, and habituation both for the breeder and the pet parent.
Hide food in boxes of all shapes and sizes.
Put his food in food dispensing puzzle toys.
Take you cushions off the sofa. Or stack them up.
Rearrange the chairs from your dining room table
Invite some puppies and dogs over for a puppy party. Make sure they are healthy, vaccinated, and like puppies.
Invite some people over for a puppy party. Make sure they are healthy and vaccinated – just kidding!
Give him different toys of different textures to play with.
Put a laundry basket on its side for him to go in and out.
In Your Yard
Landscaping of different heights and textures
Floating toys, frozen treats, or ice cubes in a wading pool that he can go diving for
Outside your Yard
Several years ago, I was looking through a catalogue for dog supplies and burst out laughing because there was a puppy stroller! How ridiculous. Now I don’t think it’s so ridiculous. In fact, it’s my favorite thing to introduce your puppy to many things safely.
Take him for a ride in the car.
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Disclaimer: This article is for information only. It does not replace a consultation with a dog trainer, dog behavior consultant, or veterinarian and may not be used to diagnose or treat any conditions in your dog.
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