Part IV of the Dog's Nose Knows
As many of you may be aware, captive exotic animals can become very bored, frustrated and anxious without having some kind of daily environmental enrichment in their lives. I am not a big fan of zoos and animal parks however, a few of them have come a long way and have worked hard at enhancing the animal's lives by incorperating varying enrichment exercises and objects to help mimic their "natural" environment in the wild.
Have you ever stopped to think that our domestic companion animals may become just as bored, frustrated and stressed in their lives with us? With most people working outside of the home, leaving the dog (and/or cat or bird) alone, cooped up all day with no fresh air, unfiltered sunlight, exercise, etc. can be quite boring for them. Their brains simply are not being engaged, they are not being stimulated as they were designed to be.