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I'm having the same issue. It's getting stuck on the last slide.
Sorry for the way the slides are rendering. The slides are posted as a PDF on ASPCApro.org
me too. But audio is good.
I have half the new slide and half the very first slide. Audio is good.
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This link will take you to the slides for this presentation: https://www.aspcapro.org/sites/default/files/sawa-aspca-enrichment1-slides.pdf
Ick. thanks maegan!
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what do you define long-term as?
Some of your specific questions are likely to be answered later in this session or later in the series. Today's session is an overview where the following two sessions will get into design/implementation.
Reminder: this is part one of a 4-part series. Be sure to register for the others.
Maegan said: We define long term as 30 days in our shelter- not sure about others.
what time do you do this nap at?
Timothy asks: are bubble machines good for every dog ?
how hard was it to structure in nap times?
No single tool/method will work effectively for every animal. As Allison just mentioned, individualizing the program to each animal to the extent possible is important. You'll also get some further information on "mixing it up".
Kinga asks: stress the importance of it (some places playLOUD ROCK music - adding to already existing stress!!). I hv an excellent feedback on impact of that music.Kinga, Patricia McConnell presented a webinar with ASPCApro about acoustics - please see the recording at www.aspcapro.org/webinars
How do you communicate that the animal needs a choice? meaning communicate this to staff, volunteers who are eager to walk dogs, or are all at different levels of dog behavior knowlege
Diane commented: THANK YOU - fantastic goals and should be a part of not only every shelter, humane situation, but dog home.
In my shekter ed class long term is considered a stay longer than 2 weeks
Racehl said: Our guide dog facility has nap time between 11am-1pm and 4-5pm
Allison, can you reference the behavior decline after 2 weeks?
We have had dogs stay as long as 3 years. That’s considered long term for our no kill shelter
how to introduce a new scent for the first time ?
Yes, slides are up at the webinar's page
Muffin tins are great! Place a treat in maybe 2 of the spots and cover all with tennis balls.
do you consider canine massage as enrichment?
or you can cover with balls of paper - and let the dogs shred the paper! (then clean it up before they eat it all!)
What are some basic enrichment stuff that we can do with cat intake (i.e. we know very little about them as individuals at that point)
There are two wonderful FB groups for Canine enrichment - one - Canine Enrichment and other Beyond the Bowl. Enrichment can use homemade items and not costly to "buy" for those shelters on limited budgets.
Keep these great ideas and resources coming!
Thanks for the mention Diane Garrod - I am one of the Admin of Canine Enrichment on FB and a member of Beyond the Bowl group.
Do you provide animals with problem-solving enrichment - where they have to think through a problem, use their mind, tire their mind?
Ideas from Maegan: Feline enrichment- scratching posts, feeder toys, interactive toys (wands/laser pointers), clicker training....
do you have volunteers or staff do this enrichment? if the location is a "staff only" location (isolation) how do you manage that?
Margaret - great to see you here :)
you can use clean, mid size heavy plastic vinegar bottles - remove the cap, maybe cut a couple small holes in the side, then put kibble food in it. The dogs kick around the bottle to get the food out.
I LOVE the Canine Enrichment group on Facebook! Made a Snuffle Mat last week because of the group and my SPCA dogs love it.
I fear that our vet staff is protecting our dogs to deat.
Last summer we created a dog walking program and it has been very successful. Volunteers transport a dog to the local state park for a hike. A few times we have cleared the shelter before opening to adopters!
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That alone has made a huge difference in many of their personalities
All...the final session in this four-part series will cover lots of great, innovative (and often inexpensive/free) enrichment tools collected from the field. Your ideas are incredible!
Kimberly- we do that too! We call it "Dog's Day Out"
Great ideas! Love the muffin pan one especially. How do you increase enrichment with a small staff? Any tips?
Marny says: Packing strips are great as alternatives to wand toys for contagious cat! Each cat gets there own. We also keep a basket of each animal's toys on their cage so there is no worry about disinfecting or animals sharing toys
what other types of visual enrichment other than bubbles ?
Maegan said: Emma, we have special volunteers that go in to socialize with them only, or socialize with the healthy cats first and then the ISO cats. Same with our Ringworm trailer.
The last bullet says: Staff Time for Implementation and Oversight
Timothy- bird feeders, light catchers, TVs, aquariums
sorry, can't see bottom pt of slides
Staff time forimplementation andoversight
For some of our higher energy dogs, I will mix wet and dry dog food then place it in a large plastic bucket (like from the Dollar Tree), fill it with water and a bit of chicken broth then hang it on the dog's run. This keeps them occupied for HOURS and mentally exhausts them. It's worked really well for our dogs that leap against their run walls, spin or chew on themselves obessively.
Kong has a program called Kong Seconds - they send irregular kongs to shelters at a lower cost
it's called KONG CARES
Donna asks: Is anyone using food puzzle toys for cats?
YES we love them. weird packaging that has holes in it with some dry food or treats in it are tons of fun
can only see up to point 6
What do you do if you cant leave a water bowl with a dog? We have been freezing water in a bowl so there is a large ice chunk. While people are here it is out of kennel.
7. Improvement of overall QOL
Sorry, can't see bottom pt of slides, kinga
Jay, why can't you leave a water bowl with the dog?
the dog is ripping the bowl apart and injuring itself
we have tried multiple types of bowls. metal plastic. ones that are fixed etc..
Can you bolt a metal bucket to the cage or floor?
it injured its nose
@Jay Barman - we use buckets of water clipped on the kennel, no bowls on the floor for certain dogs
we are getting the dog out to water it or keeping it in an office. I am going to trty a silicone bowl next and maybe not care if it eats the bowl
Can you fill one of those metal bowls with the hollow bottoms with cement or use a heavey ceramic bowl?
the dog figuredout how to pop the bucket off the side of the kennel and rubbed its nose raw with bolted bucket
Jay, you may need to consult a veterinarian behaviorist if you can find one who will donate their time/services. Many will help shelter pets
We had a dog do something very similiar. She would immediately grab the water bowl and throw it in the air. We tried a hanging bucket, strapping the bucket to the kennel door, a no spill bowl and nothing helped. I would give her the frozen food because there's water but we made sure to give her water any time she needed to leave her run. It wasn't ideal but it worked
our vet has contacted one today and we are waiting to hear back from the veternary behaviorist.
Melinda asks: do you have templates on how to track progress / impact?>> (this is a topic in an upcoming session in the series)
http://www.sawanetwork.org/page/Bestpractice is the link to the Best Practice document. There are several appendeces including sample tracking forms.
Just throwing an idea out there- Maybe a tire hung up on the wall with water in it? We use tires with really heavy chewers
Sam asks: Have you tried getting the dog to drink from a waterbottle (like a large version of the ones you'd use for small animals)
I like it Maegan I will try it. other idea that seems to work is a toilet. I am considering keeping the dog in the bathroom overnight.
Sam I like it where can I get one?
from Shana: Jay -- I know this is late but we use what looks almost like a hamster water jug (upside down attached to the crate just like a hampster) specially made for dog crates for the dogs we cant trust bowls with. I believe we get them on amazon
Thank you for the ideas
Great points re play, etc! A study we did in college, included counting # of 'bucks' when a horse was turned out- the higher the # correlated with horses who had been confined longer; less bucks, less time had been confined :)
The 4th point at the bottom is ADJUST
When and HowSchedule regular assessmentsIndividual levelProgrammatic level•Include all 4 steps1. OBSERVE2. RECORD3. REVIEW4. ADJUST
what was that word? Ethangram?
from Shana: jay -- here is an example from chewy.com https://tinyurl.com/ybedzara
Would you observe the behavior while in the kennel or while in a life room? or both?
we use clothespins on our kennel cards
to indicate that a dog has been walked
Best practice would be to observe and record at each step in each location (inlcuding on walks/activities outside the shelter)
if your LOS is under a month, how do you manage a board based system that needs to be updated 3 times a week? who is updating those boards for play group when the dogs change so frequently?
we use red, yellow, and green cards for the same reasons
from Taylor: we implemented individual walksheets on the dogs kennel which lets staff and volunteers know if that dog has been out and for how long (ie walk or park, playgroup etc)
Again...forms for tracking are included as appendeces to the Best Practices document on the SAWA website
Thank you Shana;)
I'm a sceptic of bubble machines in a general population
How do you present signage/kennel ideas to leadership who wants as little as possible (or nothing) on the animal's kennel (save for the animal's profile card?)
Casey, we put a laminate card underneath the animals profile card
we have a volunteer dog care team lead who assits all dog walkers with walking tools.a walking board indentfying how many walks / enrichments sessions they have had each day
Casey, we put all of the animals enrichment underneath of their profile card so it does not take away but our staff and volunteers know where they are
Our vet staff will not allow us to leave any toys with the dogs aside from kong. any research I can give them to convince to allow more diversity?
Would you be able to send a PDF example of the color coded kennel/cattery boards you used?
Those are good ideas! Would need to talk to our volunteers about how to find that
the dogs have their walking tools and walking colour (RED, YELlOW ,GREEN) on their kennel doorsalong with their adoption kennel cards with their individual information
Jay check out Goughnuts !!!
Thanks so much!! :)
I’m interested in seeing the PDF example of color coded kennel card, too.
Can you go back to previous slide with emails
Thank you so much for the webinar. IT has given me many ideas;)
Thank you very much everyone involved with Shelters and trying to help enrich their lives while in shelter.
Yes please talk about how we can convince vet staff to allow more docs on kennel and leaving items in kennels
This question may have been asked already, and I just missed it. I am in the beginning stages of implementing an enrichment program at a large, open admission shelter that houses multiple dogs in most kennels. Can you provide some information on how to provide enrichment when most kennels have 2-4 dogs per kennel?
GoughNuts are lifetime guarantee and are way tougher than kongs
Our RequirementsComfortable resting areaHiding spot (especially cats)Things to chew (dogs)Scratching surfaces (cats)At least one toy, rotated dailyDaily social interactionDaily sensory enrichmentDaily mental stimulationRegular physical exerciseExposure to enjoyable novelty
The slides are available on aspcapro on the webianr's page
I had to sit down with my vet and explain to her that the mental well being of the dogs was worth the minimal risk of leaving toys/kongs in the runs.
I love goughnuts!
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thank you for this great presentation
Thank you for all the great info.
Chews, blankets, stuufed toys etc...
stuffed toys, puzzle toys, kong wubblers, plush toys
Nylabones and blankets
Buster cubes are pretty darn tough as well
we have had two issues with ingestion in 7 years but we definitely label our toy "destroy and eat" pups on the kennel.
I would suggest sharing this Best Practice document with your veterinary staff. It was developed by people who have a strong working knowledge of enrichment in the shelter environment AND using the latest and greatest research.
how can I inlfuence shocking animal abuse in some kennel environment? Inspected by verious organisations - nothing has been done & animals ARE suffering. Thx
Highest compliments for this being done in shelter environments! It is about time!
Our vet will not allow any chew that cannot be dented by a persons finger nail for fear of teeth breakage
you can also use paper lunch bags or paper towel rolls - those are easy to tear up and generally pass right through their system if they eat it
I feel like out vetstaff is trying to protect the animals to death. Please dont think I am bashing the vet I love her and respect her.
We give our dogs one stuffed, one hard, and one kong to start. If they tear up toys we just write "hard toys only" or "kongs only"
There is one that I've had problems with - those latex toys with the separate attached squeakers - have had dogs swallow and choke on the squeaker.
Water bottles with food and peanut butter seem to work well for us.
thank you so much for a great webinar.
we use cardboard boxes with toys inside!
how can I inlfuence shocking animal abuse in some kennel environment? Inspected by verious organisations - nothing has been done & animals ARE suffering. Thx Kinga
Thanks! (was asking specifically about enrichment that needs to happen for cats/dogs in isolation)
Kinga, can you quietly record the abuse? If you can document it you are more likely to get someone to listen
Thank you so very much for an inspiring webinar. Can't wait to share it with our board.
Unfort, no. They are blocking me from any help. Kinga
Kinga, if no one will listen, go to social media! or the local news.
Allison, can you reference what source you obtained that 2 week number from.
Kinga - try your local board of health or whomever oversees/inspects the shelter. SPCA
When we have power chewers who have destroyed kongs we also use paper towel rolls like mentioned above are relatively safe if injested
Find a friend inside the shelter. Have someone else go in as a volunteer.
We make it part of our SOP - a different scent of the day is done while morning clean, a hard toy, a stuffed toy plus we do daily play groups. Kongs in the afternoon.
Hi Emma! (Lori in NY) :)
Is there a reference for the statement that behavior starts to decline after around 2 weeks?
how can you be sure bubbles won't scare a dog in a general population ?
Allison, can you reference what source you obtained that 2 week number from.
good idea Taylor, Ill talk with vet about that and paper bags
We have great volunteers that walk most dogs every day and well as there is a an enrichment program that volunteers are SO involved in!
The rescue and shelter I volunteer with rarely have a dog out by 2 weeks. We are glutted in our region.
Several questions about "selling" the idea of enrichment to leadership. That's one of the benefits of this Best Practices tool! Use it to convince them that this is about quality of life for animals in your care...the FIVE FREEDOMS depend upon it.
when slides are sent to us - can we also have comments of other attendeees; it is very helpful, thx kinga
Resource guarding will come up in a future session.
Marny: Tatiana, you can find a lot of good enrichment research and other vets backing up enrichment programs in the textbook: Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff - lots of good stuff there!
we feed once a week with frozen papertowl/tp rolls and paper bags. Dogs LOVE IT
I am so excited about this series. Are we allowed to share the recording with other volunteers and staff?
yes, comments are an extremely valuable resource
my local shelter management is not proactive at all.
thank you all so much for doing this!
thank you ! looking forward to the rest of the webinars!!
can you write the name of that book please. someone came in and talked to me.
from Paula: Anyone: please email me any SOP that includes enrichment firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff
The book name was Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff
guidelines for standards of care in animal shelters says on page 5 about long term stay: "whenever a stay is anticipated to exceed1 or 2 weeks."
Franklin County Dog Shelter once banned volunteers to pass out Kongs because they don’t want to clean them.
Thank you! Excellent information and resources. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Thank you for all of this information! We look forward to others. Email CaresClarksdale@gmail.com if any of you will share dog walking tracking templates or enrichment templates.
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