Scentual enrichment for dogs

Snuffle Herb Garden For Dogs

Snuffle Herb Garden For Dogs

Last week I talked about building a Snuffle/Sensory garden for my own dogs.

Today I wanted to share with you the concept of a snuffle herb garden for dogs.

The following video is just one example of a Snuffle Garden that includes various herbs; designed by Sally Hopkins for her dogs to self medicate and or take in the scent of various herbs and flowers if they needed or wanted to.

Snuffle gardens help to fulfill one of our dog’s strongest needs: sniffing/scenting. Why not plant some herbs in your yard or snuffle garden?

Again, Snuffle Gardens are so important for our dogs because they offer the opportunity for them to use all their senses in a quiet and safe environment.  A snuffle garden is great enrichment for the dog’s superb sense of smell.

Posted by Sally Hopkins on Thursday, December 10, 2015

Herbs/Plants That Are Great for Snuffle Gardens:

Catnip: not just for cats! This has relaxation properties and stimulates playfulness in dogs
Chamomile: dogs suffering from anxiety or skin/stomach upsets will be attracted to this plant’s scent
Clary sage: good for highly strung animals and those with hormonal imbalance
Hops: a calming plant often selected by hyperactive and stressed dogs
Lavender: helps to reduce anxiety and other nervous conditions
Marigolds: dogs experiencing grief or emotional distress will often sniff out this plant
Marshmallow: known to help animals with delicate stomachs
Meadowsweet: often selected by dogs with digestive problems, arthritis and rheumatic conditions
Limulus (Monkey Flowers): used as a remedy for animals that are nervous, timid and shy
Mint: good for cooling properties and will often be selected by dogs who suffer from skin irritations
Plantain: helps gastric irritation and inflammation
Thyme: chosen by animals with bacterial infections, skin irritations and diarrhoea
Valerian: often selected by anxious dogs for its calming effect
Vervain: valuable for treating and nourishing nervous system disorders such as depression
Violets: Nervous dogs or those who have recently changed home may enjoy sniffing this plant
Yarrow: offered to animals with inflammation, urinary problems and internal and external wounds.
Why not try growing some of these in your own garden for your dog to enjoy snuffeling around in this summer?



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