Lets face it…  Your apartment is boring. Well, best viagra capsule not to me, discount viagra I can admire your artwork, comment on your stylish, modern furniture, watch your giant T.V, or search the Internet while listening to music. You see I am a human. Being a human, I am very satisfied with the creature comforts that our species has made great strides in making available at the touch of a button. Your dog on the other hand is not human and requires different kinds of stimulation. He has no idea what’s going on in politics and doesn’t have a favorite movie. He doesn’t even know what the word politics means, check or know how to speak English for that matter.

Many times, whatever issue I have been called in to help an owner with, is due in part to their dog being under stimulated and bored. Anything from chewing the couch and rummaging through the garbage to separation anxiety and excessive barking may have a lack of environmental enrichment at its root.

Dog playing with a Kong

Dog playing with a Kong

The easy answer is to go buy some toys that you can hide treats in, like hollow bones or Kongs, to give your dog something to do while you’re at work. While I think this is a great start, I may encourage you to get a bit more creative. For instance try smearing some cheese on the inside a cardboard box and poke a few small holes in it. Then tape it shut and leave it under the dinner table. Or perhaps hide some liver treats in a knotted up old tee shirt, then hide it behind the bathroom door. A stuffed Kong hung by a rope from your bedroom doorframe makes a fun playmate on a lonely afternoon. Don’t miss the opportunity to engage your dogs’ incredible nose. Hiding a rope toy that has been soaked in chicken broth and dried over night is yet another low cost, fairly quick way for you to keep that nose busy. Certain things may work better for your dog then others, its important to find out what works best.

At this point my dog Max, now 18 years old, can no longer see or hear very well but his nose is still sharp as a tack and is the source of endless entertainment for him. One of my favorite things to do is take him outside and follow him wherever his nose leads us. Hiding special goodies around the living room is still a good time for him and the new addition of my now 8 month old daughter has blown his mind since she drops 70% of everything intended for her mouth. Your dog is your best friend; by enriching his environment and you can improve his life and yours too!