What is Enrichment?
Many behaviors like jumping, barking, pulling on the leash, and reactivity towards people or dogs can often be curbed by adding more enrichment activities to your dog’s daily routine. So many dogs are bored, or frustrated, or scared by daily routines that we don’t think anything of. They need to have their need for social interaction, foraging, problem-solving, and instinctual behaviors met in order to be their best self.
An enriched dog is happy. The saying used to say that a tired dog is a happy dog but this type of thinking leads people to over-exercise and not meet their dog's other needs. In order for dogs to be content they need mental exercise as well as physical exercise. One without the other creates imbalance in the dog's state and is the cause of hyperactivity, trouble focusing, and excess stress in the dog's body as they try to cope.
We understand your time is limited and you can’t spend all day putting together games, training, and exercising your dog. We are here to relieve some of the burden so you can enjoy the good parts of the dog-human relationship.
Does your dog suffer from separation anxity?
Separation anxiety is often genetic and the best way to combat it is to have a consistent enrichment plan in place and make sure your dog is spending minimal time alone. If you are planning to be out of the house KAS can come to your house to make sure your dog has a buddy to hang with.
During this time with a KAS Pet Care Professional your dog can practice the skills they need to eventually be left alone for longer and longer.
What are you waiting for? Every dog deserves an enriched life.
Does your dog bark relentlessly?
Excess Barking can be rooted in a number of different problems but the primary cause is an imbalance in enrichment. Often we are not providing enough enrichment, sometimes it’s not the right kind of enrichment. KAS enrichment specialists can help you prepare food puzzles, provide enrichment walks, or play games tailored to your dog's needs.
When using enrichment to change a behavior you must commit to a minimum of 2 to 3 weeks of consistency to determine if the protocol is effective.
Consider having a KAS specialist come by your house during the peak hours of barking for your dog to break up the cycle and have them engage in alternative behavior like going for a walk.
Enrichment will not end all the barking. Its goal is to ensure that the dog’s needs are met and in turn the dog will have less need to bark. Our goal is to lessen the barking. If you are interested in more intensive training to curb a bad barking habit please see our dog training and behavior modification pages.