As long as we are living, we are learning. Doglando’s Enrichment program actively protects the existence of vital and functional behavior patterns that promote a harmonious and collaborative relationship: dog-to-dog, dog-to-human, and dog-to-community; this happens over the lifetime of the dog… not just during puppyhood.
Additionally, Enrichment as a lifestyle gives your dog an advantage on life that keeps him or her happy, in optimal health and wellness, and free of loneliness, boredom, separation, frustration, fear, anxiety, and aggression.
Most importantly, your dog’s brain is continuously exercised to generate new pathways for learning, resilience, coping, adaptation, and tolerance. This is critical in today’s world, where dogs have been revoked of their purpose (work) and dignity (their pride).
The Whole Dog Approach
Through training, we are teaching your dog key behavioral responses to specific signals, which we refer to as skills. Skills are great to have, but practice of these skills is critical in strengthening mastery and fluency. Think of this as learning a language. In “training” your dog is learning the words, verbs, adjectives etc.
Canine Skill Building
Through Canine Skill Building, we are building upon learned skills and generalizing them to different scenarios, situations, and conditions (both on-campus and off-campus) to help the learner master the skills and become fluent in them. Using the example above, here your dog is learning to put the words into sentences and beginning to use the sentences in conversation.
Through enrichment, we are influencing your dog’s intra species sociability. It is in Enrichment that all your dog’s learning (training and skill building) comes together in the most rich and robust way. Off-leash, out in nature, and with total freedom of choice and space, your dog begins to exercise his/her highest learning through enrichment; having to make decisions despite the level of distance and distraction around him/her.