Enrichment ideas that don’t cost you a thing!

A collage of Zephyr the Dobermann licking an empty Dog Peanut Butter jar
April, 2023

Here are 3 of our favourite free (or very low cost) enrichment ideas that you can do at home with your dog!

Enrichment can help your dog decompress through licking & sniffing, plus it’s mentally and physically stimulating.
Use enrichment in your dogs life to help them be a happy, mentally & physically fulfilled pup.

1. Recycled Enrichment

    You either throw them in the bin, recycle them, burn them or already give them to your dog..
    The cardboard from toilet paper rolls! Try saving them up and occasionally building a fun enrichment box for your pup!
    For our box we used
    • A vistaprint box to put it all in
    • Bottom of egg cartons x 2
    • Cardboard insert from baking paper x 1
    • Cardboard insert from paper towel roll x 1
    • 19 toilet paper rolls standing upright
    • 4 toilet paper rolls scrunched
    Then all we did was sprinkle some fish treats throughout, you can use kibble, any dry treats/snacks, whatever you like really! Let the sniffs begin!

    A collage of Zephyr the Dobermann sniffing and looking in a cardboard box with a variety of different cardboard items in it and treats sprinkled around.
    It kept Zephyr busy for 7.5 minutes and fulfilled his need to sniff, shred and chew!
    He rates the cardboard enrichment box a 9/10!
    Save your cardboard and try this at home today!

    2. Can’t cook with a capsicum!

      Are you like me and cannot stand the old ‘bell pepper’? Well this week we got some in our meal delivery box and I couldn’t bare to use it in human food. Do you have one laying around you don’t know what to do with? Well, chances are your dog may like to try, and even if they don’t like the casing their food is in, you’ve just experienced nature’s edible kong!

      Capsicum is rich in vitamins A, E, B6, and lutein plus they are great sources of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which are antioxidants important for a dog's healthy immune system! They have anti inflammatory properties and can reduce joint pain and arthritis.

      First, cut the top off and remove seeds & stems.
      Then, stuff with your dogs food! Easy peasy.
      Mince? Perfect, soaked kibble? Awesome! Dry kibble? No worries, just add something wet on the top to keep it in!
      For dogs that need an extra challenge, we highly recommend freezing the capsicum overnight before feeding! Score, now we don’t have to eat the thing.
       A collage of a red, green and yellow capsicum whole, tops off and then filled with dog food. Zephyr the Dobermann is pictured trying to eat and lick the frozen treats
      This easy to make at home, edible Toppl/Kong is bound to be a favourite budget friendly option for your furry friends! We used raw mix in two, one with a carrot I found in the fridge and soaked kibble in the remaining capsicum.
      The green capsicum with soaked & frozen kibble took Zephyr 15 minutes.
      The red capsicum with raw mince mix took Zephyr nearly 10 minutes, but was a smaller meal.

      To conclude, after his first time trying capsicum, he rates it a 9/10 very nice, quite crunchy and would eat again.

      3. Empty peanut butter jar, don’t you bin it!

        Peanut butter provides nutrients and fiber as well as protein and healthy fats for our dogs. It's also a good source of folic acid for cell growth and magnesium to assist cells metabolize B complex vitamins.
        Firstly make sure your peanut butter doesn’t have anything toxic in it like ‘Xylitol’, which is very harmful to dogs so please watch out. The safest peanut butter to use is in fact dog peanut butter made specifically for our furry friends, which we have sold for years as we love it so much! It’s made in Byron Bay, and is purely peanuts, chia and flaxseed! No added sugars or salt, completely safe for our beloved canines!

        When you’ve finished the jar, be sure to give your dog the empty jar for them to enjoy!
         A collage of Zephyr the Dobermann licking an empty Dog Peanut Butter jar
        This one took Zephyr 25 minutes to finish and fulfilled his need to sniff & lick plus provided essential mental stimulation.
        He rates the empty peanut butter jar enrichment at 10/10!

        We hope you have enjoyed a few of our favourite at home free enrichment ideas for you to enjoy with your pup! Please let us know what you think if you try any, and as always, send us a message if you have any questions at all!

        Love the team at Byron & Co!


        1 comment
        • Awesome. Fun. Easy to read. Knowledgeable and more importantly I’m going to try these xx

          Yve Holmes on

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