Improving A Dog’s Mental Health With New Smells And New Places

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When we adopted Peanut Butter Brickle from the shelter, I wasn’t prepared for the energy he had as a puppy! Since we lived in the country and had always had space for our past dogs to roam off-leash, I never worried about walks or dog parks. Brickle was different. He wanted to run away, our neighborhood was getting more crowded with more cars, and it just became unsafe to do things as we had with our other furkids. Digby Pancake was an even harder dog to tame! His hound qualities were a huge challenge when it came to him running away and not coming back.

Those days seem so long ago, and they are ten years old now, but that brings a new set of challenges, especially to our life on the road.

We have found over the years that new smells and places to explore are what keeps them young. Imagine only ever walking down your street or only visiting one park. Sure, you could survive. But would you be living up to your full potential? Why do we expect that our dogs are any different?

But not all of us can take our dogs traveling every week or maybe we have reactive dogs or dogs with health issues. What then? How can we provide them with new smells and new places to keep their minds and bodies healthy?

We were more than excited when we heard about Sniffspot. And we knew it was an answer to the many challenges of dog parents.

With older dogs, one of the most important things you can do is to provide your dog with mental enrichment. For puppies, it is also important to expose them to different situations, places and individuals as they grow and develop habits that will last a lifetime. A well balanced dog is a happier dog. How can Sniffspot help attain this goal?

Sniffspot is designed for safe exercise in safe environment, private yards and spaces. Dog parents can rent a Sniffspot by the hour. And there are a wide variety of sniffspots to choose from! What was our latest visit to a Sniffspot on our travels like?

We decided to book an hour of playtime for Brickle and Digby near Raleigh, North Carolina. The problem was, it was too hot to play outside, yet the dogs needed some freedom away from the leashes at camp. We were happy to find an indoor Sniffspot that had a huge room, games and air conditioning!

What other kinds of spaces does Sniffspot have for dogs? Spaces with farms, acres of land, hiking trails and swimming spots! And the best part? Even if you have a reactive dog or a dog that can’t be around other dogs due to health concerns, there is a spot for you.

But why should we be concerned about our dogs experiencing new smells and places? How does the availability of spaces offered by Sniffspot give our dogs a better quality of life?

Dogs “see” with their noses. They have 100 million sensory receptor sites in their noses compared to the 8 million we have. The area of the dog brain devoted to smells is 40 times larger than that of our brain. Can you imagine how frustrating it would be to never feel fulfilled as a dog when it comes to what they were designed to do?

When we give them the opportunity to use their noses and explore new places with Sniffspot, we simply have happier dogs with less time or reason to act out. Dogs will use this energy for good or bad. Take the time to give your dog playtime in safe places with Sniffspot.

Also consider how you can help the dog parent community if you have a space to share! Dog parents can be the most supportive community!

Our dogs can’t tell us what they need to be fulfilled. And we can’t read their minds. But since we know how much dogs explore with their senses, try new places. Try new spaces. Get out there!

Find spaces near you or sign up to be a host at www.sniffspot.com or download their free and easy app!

Rachael Johnson

Cofounder 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are our own.

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Way Down Yonder In The Pawpaw Patch

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. As you know, I’ve been looking for pancake trees all my days. I even resorted to settling for pancake seeds to grow my own trees. But in retrospect, I’m not sure that growing trees in the RV would be possible.

Girl Person likes to find trees and fruit when we travel. She likes to do something called foraging. Uh, dogs have been foraging for years. I can find the rottenest, yummy thing to roll in or eat no matter where we are. But when Girl Person finds a new food to try, she gets more excited than I do. And this week, she found something called a pawpaw.

Well, slap my paws and call me Pancake. I’ve heard of these things before when we in this Virginia place before.

But this was the first time we found some!

When Girl Person is happy, we are happy. And she was very happy to get on her bike and try to find pawpaws this week.

She learned that it was harder to find them then she thought. But when she finally found one tree, she would find another. Some fruit would be harder to reach than others. And my legs aren’t long enough to reach them. Now…if there were pancakes up there, I might just find a way.

Girl Person says not to worry because she has found enough for pawpaw pancakes and left enough for the wild animals to eat too. We should never be so greedy to take everything…even if we can.

Imagine you gave just one bag of groceries you bought to a family in need every week. Or imagine you could take just one week’s worth of food for dogs to a shelter every month? Wouldn’t it be better to share our joy with others? Don’t just imagine you would do it. Do that.

Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch is where you will find us till we leave this Virginia place!

Oh, to find and experience new foods and smells and places is such a wonderful thing. If you’ve been thinking of trying a new fruit or vegetable, or visiting a new place, maybe this weekend is the time to do it! Find your delicious pawpaw patch. And climb if you have to!

Deputy Digby Pancake Pawpaw

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