No matter what kind of pet business you have, you can add enrichment activities to increase fun for the dogs and generate more revenue for your business. If you aren’t doing enrichment, you should get on the band wagon of this industry trend.
It’s been great to see our industry embrace enrichment activities. For many years we’ve encouraged daycares to add an enrichment option and that trend is definitely still growing. What has been a pleasant surprise is how many other pet care services are incorporating enrichment activities beyond dog daycare.
There are so many creative ways to add enrichment activity options into your lodging, dog walking, pet sitting, grooming and training businesses. We’ve got a starter list of activities below and encourage you to create some of your own too. Just think about options that encourage dogs to do mental work or use their natural tendencies like sniffing or digging.
You’ll also want to check out our video discussion for more details on adding enrichment to a variety of pet care services. We also talk about the size of groups when adding enrichment to daycare and pricing your enrichment services.
Adding enrichment is a win for your business as when priced right are very profitable. Best of all the dogs really enjoy enrichment and so will your staff. Now’s a great time to try out some new enrichment activities.
Enrichment Activity Ideas:
- Individual play with toys
- Using the Klimb or Puppy Playground equipment for dog to move on, under or around. You can even do obedience or tricks on the equipment.
- Agility obstacle games (hoop, jump, tunnel)
- Introduce different floor textures
- Puzzle toys
- Scent work
- Art projects
- Story time
- Long-line walks