12 June 2023
Animal enrichment is the provision of activities which promote the performance of natural behaviours. Dog enrichment should focus on the species as a whole, as well as traits unique to a particular breed. So, while all dogs should be encouraged to participate in scent-based enrichment, a Bloodhound will almost certainly not benefit from herding activities as much as a Border Collie as opposed to long-distance tracking.
The Belgian Malinois is a fantastic working breed. Combining seemingly boundless energy with extreme intelligence, courage, and protectiveness, it is a dog which demands a lot from its owners and handlers. Unless given a healthy outlet, these behaviours can manifest in unwanted ways such as excessive barking to indicate frustration, inappropriate nipping, and destructive chewing. Considered enrichment is their best outlet, and there are plenty of prove ways to provide it for the Belgian Malinois.
In our experience, the best enrichment for a Belgian Malinois will be outdoors and combine physical with intellectual rigour. This could be time spent on an agility course, tracking or substance detection training, obedience work, or protection scenarios. These activities – when done properly – can exhaust even the most energetic Belgian Malinois, and a tired dog is usually a calm and happy dog, as well as a proper stimulated one.
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