HOW WE DEFINE WELLNESS
“The quality and state of a being’s mental, physical, emotional and intuitive state, as defined by it’s diet, exercise regimen, physical health, and mental enrichment.” -Doglando
DOGLANDO’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS
We developed a dog’s Hierarchy of Needs as a means by which we can be guided in our work through Canine Enrichment. Understanding dogs’ needs, and the order of priority, gives us the basis of how, when, and where to meet each dog as an individual.
“A system or organization of needs that are ranked one on top of another in accordance to order of priority, to achieve total wellness.”
Required, fundamental, foundational, absolutely necessary, crucial, essential for attaining total wellness.
When referring to Doglando’s Hierarchy of Needs, we begin at the bottom, with “Intuitive”. The foundational criteria for every dog’s development, is the ability to follow their intuition in learning. When a dog is nurtured to follow their intuition, beginning at the earliest phase of life – birth – we believe this puppy has an “advantage” in life.
Following this bottom-up approach, when a puppy’s intuition is nurtured, they are also protecting their emotional fragility. Early removal and isolation fuels their emotional fragility, and more times than not, this has lasting effects. We believe that when the emotional fragility of a puppy or dog is not protected, they are likely to experience fear, stress, anxiety, and aggression – all common behavioral problems reported by dog parents.
Puppies born in restricted captivity are severely impacted by nutrition from the very beginning of their lives, due to early weaning and early transition onto hard food (worse when the quality is poor), creating a massive disturbance to the development of their digestive organs and well-being.
Companion dogs, sadly, are facing so many pressures forcing them to become inhibited and helpless – certainly not free. Our lifestyles for companion dogs do not promote physical wellness; hence, an increase in weakness and obesity in our dogs.
As an Enrichment Center for Dogs, we believe it is our responsibility to initiate advancement and progression for the way companion dogs live, and give them more than just an outlet for “mental” stimulation… we must reconnect them to the great outdoors and allow them to engage with us in a simpler manner.
We strive to consider each one of these needs, by creating an environment that is compatible to each dog as an individual; one in which we can behaviorally observe, measure, and remain unambiguous that every dog in our care is thriving.