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Sadly, we are waking, on this Bank Holiday Monday, to the heart-breaking news that, overnight, an infant was killed by a dog in Waterford.

Child deaths have bookended lockdown, with a young boy killed by two dogs, in Dublin, last March. The first ever recorded dog bite related fatality, in Ireland, came on the June Bank Holiday in 2017.

A helpless infant dying is devastating and I can’t imagine the pain this baby’s family and loved ones are experiencing. AniEd extends our sincerest condolences to family and friends of this little one.

As is usual in these cases, there is scant verified detail available at this early time, and as is also usual, there is a myriad of speculation and sensation already generating on the back of this baby perishing. We will not engage with this, or in blaming any party involved.

Our remit is canine behaviour, rather than speculation and sensation. Due to the rarity of fatal and serious dog attacks, data is incomplete, especially here in Ireland. The most reliable research on this topic is from the US, looking at 256 fatal dog attacks over a ten-year period (Patronek et al, 2013).

This work identified co-occurrent factors involved in such incidents, including, a vulnerable victim without able-bodied supervision, victim unfamiliar to the dogs, dogs who have been kept isolated from regular human interactions and prior concerning incidents involving the dogs.
Breed or type is not predictive of involvement in serious incidents.

Some combination of these risk factors is present in most incidents involving serious injury and are preventable through environmental management and modification.

Dog behaviour is expressed in response to environmental stimulation: what goes on around the dog determines their responses. Even though dogs inherit characteristics, both physical and behavioural, these genetic effects will be expressed relative to the dog’s environmental conditions. This is generally determined by the humans who produce the dog, who rear the dog, who care for the dog, who are responsible for the dog.

Widespread education is needed to help ensure people can care for their dogs in a manner that promotes safe and welfare-friendly interactions with dogs, so that dog behaviour is adequately managed and the canine-human relationship is enhanced.

Try to resist sharing posts, stories, individuals and so on that continue to speculate and sensationalise, and essentially monetise, a sad incident.
If given the opportunity, we can learn from these tragedies and help prevent further heartache in the future.

Day 98 Sunday Fun day!

The last Sunday fun day of this run of 100 days!

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 98 of #100daysofenrichment and thank you for joining us on this journey!

Although our challenges are directed mainly at dogs, we want all species to enjoy and benefit from #100daysofenrichment so, please join in, adjust and adapt to help your pet or companion live a more enriched life.

Don’t forget to review all the information leading up to #100daysofenrichment and more here on playing safe. Know your dog!

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Every Sunday during #100daysofenrichment is Sunday Funday! This means you and your pet repeat your favourite challenge or challenges from the week.

You can do it exactly as you did first time round, you can try a different option, build on your progress already established, reinvent and rejig it…what ever you want to do with the last week of challenges!

Day 92 Winebox Puzzles Pt. 1

Day 93 Watersports

Day 94 Winebox Puzzles Pt.2

Day 95 Grasses

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Day 97 Sniffing Saturday

Day 97! more Sniffari-ing…!

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 97 of #100daysofenrichment and thank you for joining us on this journey!

Although our challenges are directed mainly at dogs, we want all species to enjoy and benefit from #100daysofenrichment so, please join in, adjust and adapt to help your pet or companion live a more enriched life.

Don’t forget to review all the information leading up to #100daysofenrichment and more here on playing safe. Know your dog!

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SNIFFARI!

Saturdays during #100daysofenrichment are all about emphasising the dog in all our dogs; all about sniffing and doing dog things.

Let’s have another Sniffari, to bring #100daysofenrichment to a close. I love collecting items of interest to bring home to Decker – I store them in the bathroom or shed to which the dog doesn’t have much access. Sniffari’s might happen on the road too, by bringing your dog to places of interest, that offer lots and…

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Day 96 Freestyle Friday

Day 96 the last Freestyle Friday!

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 96 of #100daysofenrichment and thank you for joining us on this journey!

Although our challenges are directed mainly at dogs, we want all species to enjoy and benefit from #100daysofenrichment so, please join in, adjust and adapt to help your pet or companion live a more enriched life.

Don’t forget to review all the information leading up to #100daysofenrichment and more here on playing safe. Know your dog!

Freestyle Friday

Now it’s your turn to get creative! Every Friday is Freestyle Friday. We’ll give you the ingredients for a puzzle or enrichment device and you build it.

Rules:

  • you must use all the ingredients
  • you can add anything else you like, or nothing at all
  • whatever you come up with must be enriching

Day 96 Ingredients

You must use the following:

  • your dog’s absolute favourite toy or item – see if you can come up with…

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Day 95 Grasses

Day 95! For the green fingered…

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 95 of #100daysofenrichment and thank you for joining us on this journey!

Although our challenges are directed mainly at dogs, we want all species to enjoy and benefit from #100daysofenrichment so, please join in, adjust and adapt to help your pet or companion live a more enriched life.

Don’t forget to review all the information leading up to #100daysofenrichment and more here on playing safe. Know your dog!

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Grasses

At a glance:

  • eating grass is natural, normal and necessary dog behaviour
  • grasses provide enrichment in other ways too
  • sensory based enrichment
  • providing access to safe grasses and other plants may benefit dogs in a number of ways
  • get the family involved in this one – for the most part, the dog will be doing all the work but children might like to be involved in some of today’s challenges

What do you need?

  • grass – an…

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Day 94 Winebox Puzzles Pt. 2

More winebox puzzles for Day 94!

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 94 of #100daysofenrichment and thank you for joining us on this journey!

Although our challenges are directed mainly at dogs, we want all species to enjoy and benefit from #100daysofenrichment so, please join in, adjust and adapt to help your pet or companion live a more enriched life.

Don’t forget to review all the information leading up to #100daysofenrichment and more here on playing safe. Know your dog!

Winebox Puzzles Part 2

At a glance:

  • taking puzzles to a new height, literally, changes the challenge greatly
  • cardboard wine bottle cardboard carriers make great puzzles…and they hold six bottles of wine…
    (Available from most off-licences and supermarkets.)
  • dress it up or down – a wide variety of puzzling challenges can be developed
  • food and cognitive based enrichment
  • adjusting the difficulty is easy so these are very adaptable puzzles
  • get the family involved in this one – kids…

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Day 93 Watersports

SPLASH! Day 93!

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 93 of #100daysofenrichment and thank you for joining us on this journey!

Although our challenges are directed mainly at dogs, we want all species to enjoy and benefit from #100daysofenrichment so, please join in, adjust and adapt to help your pet or companion live a more enriched life.

Don’t forget to review all the information leading up to #100daysofenrichment and more here on playing safe. Know your dog!

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Watersports

At a glance:

  • fun in, around or under water!
  • sensory based enrichment
  • interaction or exposure to water is not loved by all dogs, but introduced carefully and with a choice-led approach, lots of dogs can have fun with water sports
  • get the family involved in this one – for the most part, the dog will be doing all the work
    All interactions between dogs and children must be supervised and extra care will be needed with both…

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Day 92 Winebox Puzzles Pt. 1

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 92 of #100daysofenrichment and thank you for joining us on this journey!

Although our challenges are directed mainly at dogs, we want all species to enjoy and benefit from #100daysofenrichment so, please join in, adjust and adapt to help your pet or companion live a more enriched life.

Don’t forget to review all the information leading up to #100daysofenrichment and more here on playing safe. Know your dog!

Winebox Puzzles Part 1

At a glance:

  • cardboard wine bottle cardboard carriers make great puzzles…and they hold six bottles of wine…
    (Available from most off-licences and supermarkets.)
  • dress it up or down – a wide variety of puzzling challenges can be developed
  • food and cognitive based enrichment
  • adjusting the difficulty is easy so these are very adaptable puzzles
  • get the family involved in this one – kids love making puzzles for pets and these challenges offer lots of…

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The Last Equipment List

AniEd Ireland

This is it…the very last equipment list for week 14 and the last couple of days too.

Keep up with all the resources and challenges relating to #100daysofenrichment here
and join our Facebook group too!

All challenges are presented with multiple options so you won’t lose out if you don’t have one or two of the items.

For Week 14 you will need:

  • a variety of different treats & toys
  • Stuffables
  • Teaser stuff
  • Sniffari stuff
  • cardboard wine bottle carriers
  • old clothing such as jeans or hoodies
  • homemade puzzle stuff (what others would call “rubbish”)
  • access to grass or grasses
  • dog lead, cord, length of rope or similar
  • tub, large wide dog bowl, paddling pool or similar
  • plant hanger, shoe organiser, or similar

And for Freestyle Friday you will design your own enrichment device with the following ingredients:

  • you dog’s ABSOLUTE favourite toy (might not be an actual toy, but an…

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Day 91 Sunday Fun-day!

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 91 of #100daysofenrichment and thank you for joining us on this journey!

Although our challenges are directed mainly at dogs, we want all species to enjoy and benefit from #100daysofenrichment so, please join in, adjust and adapt to help your pet or companion live a more enriched life.

Don’t forget to review all the information leading up to #100daysofenrichment and more here on playing safe. Know your dog!

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Every Sunday during #100daysofenrichment is Sunday Funday! This means you and your pet repeat your favourite challenge or challenges from the week.

You can do it exactly as you did first time round, you can try a different option, build on your progress already established, reinvent and rejig it…what ever you want to do with the last week of challenges!

Day 85 Tubes!

Day 86 Play: the toy isn’t the reward

Day 87 Stacked Puzzles

Day 88 Suspended…

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