Updated: May 7
Let's face it. Enrichment has made many of us borderline recycling hoarders. Well... at least for me it has!
Over time, I've grown a small little hoard in the corner of our garage. This little hoard is solely collected and organized for enrichment, because why not? DIY enrichment is fairly easy to put together, and it provides a new life for many everyday recyclables.
Here's a quick snippet of what recyclable items I save for enrichment, every. single. time:
Egg Flats/ Egg Cartons
Egg cartons can be used in a multitude of ways for DIY enrichment, including shredding enrichment, nose work, and more.
Boxes are another item that I always find myself hoarding away to use for enrichment. They're wonderful for snuffle boxes, sensory boxes, you name it!
Crinkly paper is great for auditory enrichment, shredding, and packing many enrichment games. Here's how I added crinkly packing paper into this entirely recyclable puzzle variation:
The holy grail of enrichment! These can be used in so many ways; the sky's truly the limit. I use these in snuffle boxes, the JW Hol-ee Roller, you can use them in shredding enrichment or a plethora of different scent games.
"But won't these games make my dogs destroy things?"
The answer is, with proper introductions - these games should definitely not make your dogs destroy things. In fact, it's quite the opposite! Read about this common misconception, here:
Looking for some non DIY items? Here's Where I Buy My Enrichment Toys: A Complete List of Where I Find My Dog's Favourites.