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How To Provide Mental Stimulation In Shelters

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John Griffin is the director of shelter services at the Women’s Humane Society in Bensalem, PA. They are committed to the humane and compassionate treatment of animals and are distinguished as America’s First Animal Shelter.

How to provide shelter enrichment during meals?

Specifically, for dogs, all of our dogs are fed out of food toys. Kong is very generous. If you write to them they can either give you a discount and they do donate, so obviously, I would encourage anyone to ask. Kong has been wonderful to us.

On the low end, one thing that I found in ASPCA has a nice webinar about enrichment. ou can get some kibble, you can throw it in a brown bag you can knot that brown bag and put it in the cage. Brown bags, people can donate probably in a much higher rate than they can Kongs. It gives the dog a chance to shred things, to burn some energy, they do have to figure out a type of puzzle and since its

You can get some kibble, you can throw it in a brown bag you can knot that brown bag and put it in the cage. Brown bags, people can donate probably in a much higher rate than they can Kongs. It gives the dog a chance to shred things, to burn some energy, they do have to figure out a type of puzzle and since its paper, the risk of clogging your drain is lower and the risk, if they ingest the paper, is not high for it to become that they require surgery.


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Why is mental stimulation important in a shelter?

We all know “a tired dog is a well-behaved dog” but shelters are underfunded and are understaffed so they are not able to provide as much exercise that is needed for a dog. Mental stimulation and puzzle feeders can actually wear a dog out. It provides a means to burn off some energy and use their doggy brains to solve a problem. This can make the dogs a lot more adaptable because they will be better behaved when people come through.