Doglando University Thu, 15 Oct 2020 01:05:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Doglando University 32 32 5 Tasty DIY Summer Treats For Dogs Thu, 02 Jul 2020 06:25:00 +0000

Summer is here and so is the heat. As you enjoy some nice, cool ice cream share a homemade frozen treat with your pooch! We’ve gathered 5 of the best dog-friendly DIY treats that we serve our dogs at Doglando on hot, humid Florida days. These snacks take minutes to prepare, so why not give one of these tasty dog treat recipes a try? 

Red, White, and Blue Frozen Yogurt

Give your dog something to celebrate on 4th of July with a creamy, fruity kong full of frozen yogurt goodness. These are a real taste of summer and refreshing treat after spending a couple hours by the lake, pool, or beach with your pup. 


  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup of raspberries (cut in half)
  • 1 banana (cut in rounds)
  • A handful of blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (optional)
  • Kong (or other container to freeze treat)

How to Make this Treat:

  1. In a bowl, mix together yogurt, peanut butter, blueberries, bananas, and raspberries. 
  2. Scoop the mixture into the Kong. (Make sure the small air hole at the end doesn’t get clogged.)
  3. Freeze mixture for a couple of hours. The mixture will stay creamy, like a yogurt ice cream consistency.
  4. Let fido have a fun time licking the delicious treat!

Frozen Fossils (Soup Bones)

Not only will this treat help your dog cool down in the heat, but it will also give them something new to chew on and explore. If you don’t want fido chewing raw meat on your couch, consider giving them this snack out on the patio, lay a towel down on the area they can enjoy, or give it to them in their crate where the liner can be easily removed and thrown out. 


Marrow Bones – Grocery stores sell soup (marrow) bones to make broth, so you can grab a few bones easily for this treat. The bones at the supermarket tend to be very greasy. If you’re looking for something a little less fatty for your pup, we sell a more lean variety at Doglando.

How to Make this Treat:

  1. Put bones in a ziplock bag or other container.
  2. Freeze bones overnight.
  3. Let your pooch enjoy this cool snack.

Play With Your Food Snack

We often make meal time so serious. We tell our puppies to not make a mess. We only feed them the same dry foods everyday. Why not make snack time fun this summer with this delicious and refreshing treat? This is also a great treat to make with kids. Let your kids get creative with what kind of snacks or toys that you’ll freeze, and let them be a part of the process!


It’s important to keep in mind that not all human foods are safe for dogs. If you are not sure if your dog can eat something, it’s better to leave it out. Here is another great resource of human food no-no’s to keep your pup safe. While you can get creative and fill your container with different treats and toys, we’ve rounded up some ideas to help you get started. 

  • Your dog’s favorite cookie
  • Liver treat
  • Pieces of raw chicken
  • Fruit (berries, apples, bananas, etc.)
  • Tennis ball
  • Chew toy

How to Make this Treat:

  1. Grab a large tupperware container.
  2. Fill the container with water.
  3. Throw in your different items.
  4. Freeze the container with goodies overnight so it’s solid.
  5. Once frozen, tip out and give it to your dog to lick, scratch, and get all the goodies out.

Meat-Lover Bites

These icy, meat-flavored treats are a fabulous low-calorie option if you’re watching your dog’s weight, as they are low in fat and sugar. Throw in a bunch of parsley and you’ll also keep your pup’s breath nice and fresh.


  • 1 reduced-salt chicken stock cube
  • 2 cups of water
  • A handful of parsley

How to Make this Treat:

  1. Dissolve the stock cube completely in water and set aside.
  2. Finely chop your parsley and stir into the chicken stock.
  3. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and pop them in the freezer.
  4. Serve your pup and watch their little tail wag!

PB&J Freezies

Who doesn’t love a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Well this recipe takes PB&J to a whole new level. Cool, sweet, salty, and a guaranteed canine crowd pleaser!


  • Handful of strawberries
  • Splash of water
  • Peanut butter

How to Make this Treat:

  1. Blend the strawberries with a splash of water until it turns into a jelly like consistency.
  2. Pour mixture into ice tray.
  3. Freeze overnight.
  4. When you’re going to serve these freezies, spread a layer of peanut butter on top.
  5. Serve and let your dog enjoy an American classic.

With these quick and easy recipes there is no reason why your pooch should suffer the dog days of summer. Let them stay cool and healthy with these tasty DIY treats. If you make one of these recipes this summer, be sure to share your dog enjoying these snacks on social media. Tag us on Facebook or Instagram so we can watch your furry friend cool off in the summer!

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DIY Enrichment Activities to Keep Your Dog Happy Wed, 03 Jun 2020 06:25:07 +0000

Oftentimes, the word “enrichment” in canine care refers to creating a more challenging or difficult way for the dog to get food. Unfortunately for dogs, these activities do not keep them engaged and do little to stimulate natural species behavior.

At Doglando, we define “enrichment” as the action of improving or enhancing the quality or value of an experience. We break down each prefix, root, and suffix of the word to get an even more specific and meaningful definition of the word.

En: the width of a unit of measurement

This unit is the rate of repetition frequency duration, or the intensity, strength, and engagement of a dog to a certain activity. We are measuring through behavior how frequently does the dog do something and stay engaged.


Rich: abundant

In order for a dog to feel that an activity is enriching it must be rich in abundance versus creating a temporary distraction that has no real benefit or purpose for the dog.


Ment: expressing the means, or a result, of a species-typical behavior in a way that strengthens each individual dog in their behavioral well-being

Whatever we create we want to make sure that ultimately it is a rich and above average experience that allows a dog to be a dog. Enrichment is not something you do for the dog. It’s an opportunity you create by giving your dog access to an environment that is carefully, thoughtfully, and strategically created to allow a dog to behave in the most species-normal way. 

For example, if your dog has the habit to dig through your yard, many dog training blogs would advise you to fill a kiddie pool with sand and let him dig in that contained area. However, that activity is very limiting to the do because how deep can he dig in the pool versus the yard? This activity does not give enrichment or abundance of depth, and thus will probably keep the dog engaged for a minute or two and then he will get bored. 

 We have taken our field research of documenting street dogs and free-roaming dogs in developing countries over the last two decades, and applied it to create an enrichment activity at Doglando that provides the fundamentals of living standards for dogs. We measure an activities enrichment through these four principles:

  1. The power of the experience that engages the dog for the longest period of time;
  2. The opportunity for the dog to explore all of its senses;
  3. Focus on activities that the dog can use its whole body as much as he wants;
  4. Giving the dog the freedom to choose to participate in the activity. It needs to be accessible to them when they want or need it.

Our Doglando enrichment curriculum is built on the 8 Spheres of Enrichment framework, allowing us to create enriching experiences for dogs in our care, but in this blog we want to give you three ideas on how you can create activities that are enriching for your dog at home!

Explore the Outdoors – Habitat Enrichment

Habitat enrichment is a massive sphere to understand, but the goal is to provide an abundant amount of options and range for behavior to happen. In our homes, our dogs are very limited to the richness of experiences they can have. Our homes have furniture and objects that the dogs can’t touch or climb on. Most items in a home are off-limits to dogs, except for their bed and theri bucket of toys. We continually tell them to “stop that,” “leave that,” or “don’t do that.” The habitats they live in are not conducive to explore, create, imagine, tear down, shred – normal dog behavior.

How can we create enriching experiences with the habitat they live in? Take your dog into a wooded area or on a trail at a park and give them the freedom of space to explore other living beings that are a part of that habitat without being leashed. Instead of telling them “don’t go there” or “don’t smell that,” encourage them to observe the world around them.

Over the last few months, my family and I have been taking our dogs to the woods near our home 2-3 times a week. In the beginning the dogs would stay close to us, afraid to explore their surroundings. But as we have gone more frequently and they have no established landmarks and trees to follow they take off, sometimes so far we can’t even see them. They have broadened their behavior and have begun experiencing new sights, new smells, and new sounds. 

The goal of this activity is to consider beyond your home how we can create a habitat where the majority of things are accessible and free for the dog to explore. Give your dog the freedom to receive all the possibilities in their environment. 

Bedtime Together – Physical Handling & Conditioning

Oftentimes people think that dogs like to be petted. We just make the assumption that dogs like being petted, so we pet them. But we never take into consideration what if they don’t like to be touched, and we certainly never teach them how valuable our touch is. The way we like with our dogs today requires us to be very hands-on with our dog. They sit on our furniture. We take them to the groomer or vet. They ride in the car with us. We dress them up during the holidays. We’re very physical with our dogs and we expect them to just accept it.

We need to teach our dogs how essential our touch is and that they gain a pleasurable experience through it. Even if some experiences are a bit unpleasurable, like getting dressed up for Halloween, we can teach touch in a way that creates a greater bond with our dogs, by becoming a vehicle sensation or experience that the dog wants. 

Dogs, especially puppies, rely on touch. Touch provides comfort. We need to understand what kind of touch or what that touch looks like. Usually when a family gets a new puppy, people do crate training or what we call abandonment training. This teaches puppies how to handle abandonment rather than how to handle bonding with a human. We put them in a fragile position at a time when you need to bond. We say, “I’m going to teach you how to replace contact with no contact’ or ‘I’m going to teach you distance, isolation, and abandonment and expect you to be bonded with us for the rest of your life.”

When a puppy is born it relies on contact from their siblings and its mom, and that contact is assuring the puppy comfort, security, and everything the puppy needs to know to be safe. One great way to enrich your puppy’s life in its early stages is to let them sleep in the bed with you. This will not only help them transition into your home more easily, but it will also allow your puppy to bond with you and other humans in a much more deep, meaningful way.

Sensory Enrichment

Part of the enrichment experience is breaking down each of the dog’s five senses into smaller sensory components, and creating intense moments for one sense rather than a vague experience for all five senses at once. For example, you can engage your dog’s tastebuds in such a way that they are able to explore and experience a diverse range of edible foods, not just vegetables or dry kibble. Consider offering your dog different foods with various textures, like carrots or a raw egg, to create an out-of-this-world experience for your dog. 

You can broaden the intensity of the experience of food and eating by giving the dog an abundance of options or variation of foods to eat. And in terms of taste, the taste will stimulate different behaviors. For example, if you give the dog some goat’s milk, they will have to lick and lap the liquid in order to enjoy it. If you offer them a carrot, they will have to hold one end of the carrot and bite the other end to successfully eat it. Not only are the foods stimulating their senses, but it is also teaching them how to use their bodies in a way that is natural to their species. 

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Essential Supplies for New Dog Parents Wed, 27 May 2020 06:25:59 +0000

I was thinking back to when I was pregnant… I was adamant about two things:

  1. not finding out the gender – therefore not developing the “need” to make unnecessary purchases, and
  2. my own nutrition

What a concept people have created around the things “we need” when expecting a new baby.

It’s this concept that has led companies to develop a similar need through their marketing targeting new puppy parents.

Whether your dog is a puppy or an adult dog, the most essential need you can provide is your involvement, your touch, your guidance, and your presence. Toys, a crate, a leash, a bed, and treats become secondary.

What are the top 5 things you would recommend to your new dog parents?

Here are the top 5 things we recommend at Doglando:

  1. A comfy bed. At Doglando, we get our beds custom made. They have lasted us years…. in fact, we still have and use our very first dog beds. They are made of a highly durable foam cushion covered in a water proof vinyl fabric with a sunshade, waterproof, weather resistant, washable slip cover. Dog beds are crazy expensive. So are the ones get made, but we only have to spend those dollars once! We’ve yet to see a puppy or a dog try to chew threw them.
  2. Nail trimmers. This is as important as food. Getting your dog started with becoming accustomed to the sensation of their nails being cut makes for such an easy lifetime experience of having to help them maintain their nails. Even if you will be relying on your groomer for nail care, it is imperative you introduce your puppy to the experience in the comfort of your own home.
  3. Food pouch. Ditch the bowl. Instead buy a food pouch. Fill it with your dog’s daily ration and as you go on about your day, use your dog’s food to engage him/her in learning how to respond to you, wether that is by introducing his/her name, recalls, sitting at doors etc.
  4. Tether. Ah! If only this tool became a popular purchase item amongst dog parents! At Doglando, we make our own tethers and use them throughout the day, taking advantage of teaching our puppies and dogs to be restrained to a stationary object. Tethering exercises are so important and should come before EVER introducing a leash!
  5. Soup bones. In addition to the nutritional benefit they provide, soup bones are super healthy in helping your dog develop strong gums, cleaner teeth, and healthy jaws. At Doglando, we give our dogs soup bones every time they are on tether. This makes for a positive association during restraint, and by associating the tether and soup bone combination to a specific time of day, our dogs learn rituals that are hugely beneficial in their home lives.

I’d love to hear what you have on your list – maybe we missed an “essential item.”

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The Power of Enrichment Wed, 20 May 2020 06:25:34 +0000

Listen, Respect and Search Their Souls To Learn More

Today, I’m going to share with you two messages that were sent to me personally. The first one from Amber, who owns and operates Animal Intuitions in Chicago, she was amongst the first of our team of Play Professors when we started Doglando.

She just recently found our podcasts, to which she sent me this message:
“Your podcast is like reaching into a dog’s soul. I love it. I’m binge listening.”

Last week, I received an email from a dog parent who joined us for the 6-week course: Core Lessons of Canine Enrichment on the Enrichment For Dog parents FB page.

He said, “Thank you for listening, and thank you for the love and respect you have for canines…”

I’m not sure how Amber and Bob wanted these words to land on me. In reading their messages, I was reminded of a paragraph from my most favorite book in the world. I will share the book and read that paragraph to you in today’s video.

Today, I am reminded about the true nature and power of Enrichment.

I’d love hear from you!

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How did today’s video serve you?

Experiencing Doglando’s 8 Spheres of Enrichment Wed, 13 May 2020 06:25:00 +0000

I was just getting ready to begin recording for this blog. On my recording days, Naylan knows to stay outside. It takes me at least three tries (sometimes more) to get going. He is incredibly mindful of what this experience is like for me.

Before I start, I always tell him I am beginning so that he knows not to come in the house. He said to me, “If I need the bathroom, I will come walking on my tip toes, okay?” I chuckled.

So, I hit the start button and began recording. Five words into it, there he is – on his tip toes – walking every so gently and softly, not to make a peep. He walks around and stands behind the camera that is facing me… and he hand gestures something.

I didn’t understand what he was saying so I stopped the recording so he could tell me. He said “Mum, [with such enthusiasm, excitement and joy] you HAVE to (strongly pronouncing the V) come outside and see this. There is a hawlk and a mommy bird, and the mommy bird dived at the hawk three times and hawk ate three lizards…” and on he went.

We walked out quietly, not to disturb the birds, and hoping they were still there. Sure enough, they were.

Developing awareness is about allowing all our senses to be activated at all times. 

I think children teach this to us best.

I am always so drawn to how deeply connected a child can be, with Naylan as my guide and my teacher.

Today, he was helping our neighbor throw out their trash and amongst the sounds of the trash hitting the bottom of the trash can, he heard a squeak. This is a form of sensory enrichment in its most natural occurrence.

Naylan tells his story in today’s video.

It’s easy to live life in a vacuum. But that is not how we’re meant to experience our living experiences on this planet.

Captivity, restrictions, and limitations diminish the quality of experiences we can have. And we know how detrimental this is for dogs through our work in Canine Enrichment.

Make time for nature… she’s full of fun surprises.

So today, Naylan and I invite you to find a spot somewhere outside. Maybe you find a tree and sit leaning your back against its trunk.

Take your dog with you. Do nothing but just be with one another. Watch, hear, smell, feel, and maybe even pluck a blade of grass and gnaw on it. Do this for 15 minutes, uninterrupted by any person or your devices.

Take an inventory of all that you perceived.

Go back tomorrow and do it again. Same time, same place. Watch your inventory list grow.

Enjoy being!

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Communicating with Dogs via a Universal Language Wed, 06 May 2020 06:25:15 +0000

Today, I’m inspired to talk about how we have forgotten how to: 

  1. describe what is happening, and
  2. interpret it. 

We tend to judge behaviors so quickly, with a lack of humanity, or showing very little care or concern. Recognize that the human-dog relationship has evolved for so many thousands of years, and that there is a deeper sense of understanding; a level of communication that requires such little effort, and will yield such huge responses from the dog.

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Small Habits – Committing to Change Wed, 29 Apr 2020 06:25:10 +0000

In today’s blog video, I share how small habits can help you commit to making big changes.

Learn how to take action in a way that is possible without overturning your entire business operation.

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Uncertainty is the Conduit for Attaining Certainty Wed, 22 Apr 2020 06:25:37 +0000

I am so grateful to continue to meet professionals in our line of work, who in these times of uncertainty, are becoming certain of two things, which I thought I would share with you today.

Think back to just a few weeks ago, when we were so busy, so overwhelmed, caught up in the day to day of the reality we created…

Maybe this was you… and you can relate.

This reality kind of ended up just taking a life of its own, and then you just found yourself consumed and caught up in it.

There were many moments of unhappiness… though there wasn’t much time to explore that, and maybe you were even afraid to confront it. What would happen if you sat with the thought that what you became, what your work became, was not what you ever had in mind?


I’d like to introduce to you Elissa Ferguson, from Chicago. I had the great pleasure of first meeting her through the launch of the 6 week course we are in the middle of on the Canine Enrichment Foundations group on Facebook; and then we met, for a deeper reunion – a meeting of the minds.

She has been highly successful in her dog daycare business, but there was always this lingering thought that she was not where she could be.

Pursuing personal growth allowed her to tap into the wisdom of her heart and reconnect with her soul. From there, it was evident to her that she must move towards a different future for herself, her team, and for the dogs she so deeply cares about.

In our discussion I learned these two things:

  • during times of uncertainty is where we become certain
  • during times of silence, downtime, and quiet, we grow in energy for new life

I also learned that there are incredible people out there who have been waiting for this season. This season has awaited them.

It is an answer, a blessing in disguise… the voice of the universe calling upon them to make the shifts they have been wishing for for so long.

It’s not like they just wake up one day during a dark, gloomy, scary period of time and say, “Today I am going to change.”

Every day, they make the time and create the space to be introspective. And each day they wake up more clear, more motivated, and more seeking.

I know I learned a lot about the function of “intrinsic motivation” in my conversation with Elissa. I hope there is something here for you as well.

Please join me in welcoming Elissa and her team to the Canine Enrichment Academy.

I invite you to allow this darkness to turn into light. It looks different for each of us… but the light exists in all of us.

Be brave. And only make the next one decision that allows you to move forward. Don’t worry about the rest… it will come in time.

I’d love hear from you!

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Moving Too Fast Wed, 15 Apr 2020 06:25:00 +0000

On the Canine Enrichment Foundations Facebook page, I was asked for feedback on a particular scenario that involved asking the dog to sit and wait while his mum set up a searching game for him at a distance.

In her request to ask him to sit, the dog got up and then put himself back into a sit.

She asked, “Should I have made it easier for my dog to have stayed sitting? In other words, might I have moved too fast?”

Sounds like a simple question with an obvious answer.

Learn how I responded to her request in today’s video.

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Bring to the collective your individual strength Wed, 08 Apr 2020 13:30:35 +0000

During this worldwide challenge, the world needs your presence to bring strength to us all.