Today’s guest writer is Stacy Mantle, Founder of PetsWeekly. Stacy is writing about canine enrichment while traveling with dogs.
You might think it’s difficult to provide interactive enrichment while you’re on the road, but that’s not true. In fact, just being on vacation gives your dog a much-needed break from his mundane world. Here are some ways you can further enrich your dog’s environment while you’re traveling.
Scent games are always a win with dogs! Hide a few treats under your dog’s favorite beach towel, in an old log (check for bees first), or around the motorhome for some hide and seek fun! For some real fun, walk your dog and give him plenty of time to sniff around and enjoy new scents.
Exposing your pets to different types of music and new sounds is an important part of enrichment. This not only helps desensitize your dog to noise, but helps you understand how to calm your dog when needed. Music can soothe the savage beast!
Create an obstacle course using items you find in the forest or near the ocean. Old logs make great balance beams!
It’s not always easy to carry a set of toys, but this game makes it simple. Stuff old rags into the Holee-roller dog toy and let your dog pull the rags out while you’re on the patio of your favorite restaurant or sitting by the beach.
Bubbles are a fun way to introduce motion, sight and smell into any trip. Bubbles are easy to pack or to make while you’re on the road. Wait for a slight breeze, then become a bubble-making machine. Remember to only use non-toxic dish soap or a basic castile soap and don’t let your dog catch too many of them!
Remember, it’s not all fun and games – teaching your dog to behave well is also part of enrichment. All dogs should be able to walk well on a leash, recognize their name, know that jumping is a no-no, and understand basic commands like sit, stay, and leave it.
There are many other was to enrich your dog’s life while you’re traveling. What types of traveling activities does your dog enjoy most?