#100daysofenrichment is back…again!

#100daysofenrichment will be starting, with Day 1, on Monday 6th September.

The entire program is always available for you to access (here), but this will be a guided run via the Facebook group.

You can follow along via this blog, but we would love you to come along and join in on our Facebook group where the most wonderful community of enrichers has built up over the years. Thousands of members later and everyone is friendly and supportive, and we are all in it together!

DEEP DIVE online Canine Nutrition course

Starting soon!

We have been running a science based Canine Nutrition course since 2011 so we have been working on it and refining it for a decade! In that short time, more and more reliable evidence has become available on canine nutrition and our approaches to feeding dogs.
This is a growing and exciting area of research and our course will help you to apply that expanding knowledge to feeding individual dogs.

Online Deep Dive Course Details:

When? This course starts on Monday 9th August 2021
We’re full up and over subscribed – we might have another application opening soon!

Where? Anywhere, any time! This course is entirely online so you can participate when and where you like….from your sofa…in your PJs…
As soon as the course commences, you will immediately have access to all the course materials to download so you can work anywhere.

Who? This is a science and evidence based course; we do not endorse any particular approach to feeding dogs.
On this course you will learn more than nutrition; we spend a lot of time discussing evidence, critically analysing information, reading research papers, critiquing the science, all of which is applicable to other areas.
The quality of the evidence is our foundation, so we will not be elevating gurus and social media “nutrition experts” merely due to their profile or letters after their name.
If you are so attached to a feeding modality that you may find it difficult to consider other approaches, this may not be the course for you. And if you are looking for confirmation of your current understanding of canine nutrition, this course may cause you discomfort.

We don’t promote or condone any particular diet type or approach to feeding dogs and believe that different diet types can be designed to provide appropriate nutrition for individual dogs.

This course is for anyone who has a keen interest in really understanding how canine nutrition works, how best to look at what we know and apply that to individual dogs. You don’t need to have a science background and you will have plenty of time to digest (!) the information, with our full support.
It’s particularly suited to dog care pros such as veterinary personnel, pet retailers, training/behaviour pros and groomers. But if you have in-depth interest in science and nutrition, this might just be the course for you!

How long? This is a self-paced course and you will have access to the online course area for 7 months. Starting in August 2021, you will have continued access until the end of March 2022. 

How much? This course costs €250
You can pay the entire fee or in installments via bank transfer or PayPal.

Course fees must be paid in full before you can access the online area. Please read the terms below carefully before committing.

What will I learn about? There is some introductory work to go through and then course content is split into eight parts, with some wrapping-up to do at the end too.
It is the most in-depth component course we have ever developed and cover all sorts of topics directly and indirectly related to canine nutrition.

Course content:

This is just the bare bones…we cover so much more…!

To participate, you will need:

  • Email address/account, a suitable device and internet access; course materials are presented in MS Word, PDF and links for downloading. You should not have difficulty on most devices and OS.
  • Stationary for note-taking (if that’s the way you work).
  • You need to be able to use the internet, blogs, Facebook groups and if you wish to participate to the fullest, be able to record and upload short demonstration clips (for a very small number of assessment works), complete assessment work in Word documents, PDFs and other basic computer skills.
  • It is not required that you have a dog for this course, although to complete some assessment work, you will need access to at least one dog. This has presented challenges during lockdown, but hopefully over the coming months this shouldn’t be an issue and you will be able to more safely borrow a family member’s or friend’s dog, for example.
  • Means to upload your work or clips for guidance and feedback and to submit assessment work.
  • Access to social media such as Facebook (for groups) and MS Teams (we will send you a link, you don’t even need an account, just an email address), and a device that allows you to participate in online video chats and similar.

Goals of this course

  • to develop an understanding of the scientific and biochemical bases for nutrition including digestion and nutrients
  • to appreciate, interpret and apply nutrition information from reliable and valid evidence based resources
  • to communicate about canine nutrition objectively and without sensation
  • to develop awareness of the wide range of canine diets and approaches to feeding domestic dogs, from an evidence based perspective
  • to consider the relationships between nutrition and behaviour, and nutrition and wider health
  • to apply your developing knowledge and understanding to special dietary contexts including malnutrition and dietary sensitivities

You get: 

  • 24/7 access to the course online area, from anywhere, for seven months
  • multiple media learning resources for viewing and downloading
  • about 200 mini-lectures (written presentations for reading) covering a wide array of nutrition and related topics presented in small-ish bites so that you can take time to process and analyse
  • free access to our short course, Science & Studying Animal,s to give you a foundation in understanding this evidence-based approach to learning more about animals
  • comment facility at the online course area for participation, enquiries, interactions
  • access to a specific Facebook group for real-time feedback and guidance
  • regular live online meetings schedule to suit group participants
  • ongoing online interaction with fellow-students and your tutor as we take this journey of discovery together

Submission of final assessment work is optional but you are encouraged to work through assessment and self-evaluation to support knowledge development and skill building.
As this is a self-paced course, the level of participation is up to you. There may be times when you are more available and other times when you have less availability. Obviously, to get the full benefit, we encourage the fullest possible participation.

After successfully submitting completed final assessment work, you will be awarded an AniEd certificate of achievement.

Ethos & Transparency

This topic is fraught with difficulties when it comes to discussion and application of evidence. You will have probably seen mere mentions of canine nutrition, especially on social media, descend into all sorts of faulty arguments and polarisation. That is definitely NOT what we will promote, facilitate or allow on this course.

Throughout all discussion, I will be there to guide you so that we can remain on track. We take an R+ (positive reinforcement) approach to learning and teaching, and all advice and guidance will be provided with this in mind. We must feel safe in our discussion so that we can create an environment conducive to learning for all to benefit.

We all have the same goal: to make sure we can maximise the health of our pets through careful feeding. Let’s stick together and learn together!

Transparency

This course is not supported by or promoted by any feed manufacturer or industry member. AniEd does not sell or recommend specific feeds and we never have.

Anne Rogers will be your tutor on this course.

Anne has worked for a major international feed manufacturer (about 20 years ago) as a nutrition advisor and has worked in pet retail and in veterinary, selling and promoting a range of feeds, too (more than 20 years ago).

Her current dog, Decker (9 year old entire male AmStaff), is fed raw, home-cooked, wet (tinned) and dry food, sometimes all in the same day. Over his life, he has eaten a wide range of brands and we are not loyal to any one particularly.

We are only interested in doing the very best for our dogs. No matter what you have fed your dog before, or even currently, you are doing your very best for your dog. And no matter, your dog loves you for that.

Each one of our dogs eats a better diet than most of the humans on this planet.

Dogs are incredibly adaptive and most are able to survive on even poor quality feeds. We are, of course, aiming for more than survival, we want our dogs to thrive. But, let’s keep all this in mind, even when discussion becomes intense.

All of this is further discussed during the course.

Online Deep Dive Course Terms

Before you sign up, consider carefully embarking on an online course. While online learning is more flexible, it can be harder to self-motivate and maintain your energy and interest, especially toward the middle of the course duration.

This course is for those really really interested in nutrition; we will (hopefully) challenge your current understanding and knowledge, supporting you as your passion for study grows.

Make sure you know exactly what you are getting into before you pay. To help, you can download some course materials samples, selected from across course content, here:

From Part 2 Section 5 Functional Foods:

From Part 2 Section 5 Functional Foods:

From Part 2 Section 5 Probiotics, Prebiotics & the Microbiome:

From Part 3 Section Making Choices

From Part 4 Commercial Diets: Safety & Quality Concerns

From Part 5 Nutrition & Behaviour Section 1 Food related behaviours of concern

If you’re ready to go, we would love to have you!

Once payment has been received, you will be provided with course access. There are no refunds, whole or partial, available for course fees once you have accessed the online course area.

By continuing and participating in this course you agree to these terms.

  • you must be 18 years or over to participate in AniEd courses
  • upon application, you will be asked to review all course information and review all terms before paying course fees
  • course fees must be paid in full before access to course areas will be available
  • once you have accessed the online course area, no refunds, for any reason, will be available
  • you will have access to the online course area, and related resources, for seven months from enrolment
  • assessment submission is optional and details of extensions and deadline accommodation will be available at application

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STATEMENT

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.

Week 11 Equipment List

Get ready for Week 11!

AniEd Ireland

After Week 11, there are really only about four more weeks left of this project! Still here? Thank you and well done!

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 11 you will need:

  • a variety of different treats & toys
  • Stuffables
  • dog lead, cord, rope or similar
  • cloths, e.g. face cloths, towels, blankets
  • favourite toys
  • balls or toys with holes
  • flirtpole (you can easily make one from a lunge-whip from horse training or using a dowel and cord)
  • Pringles tube or similar
  • old toys such as old tennis balls, soft toys
  • old shoes, socks
  • laundry basket or similar with holes and gaps
  • commercially available treat dispensers such as activity balls (like this one),

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Day 69 Sniffing Saturday

Day 69 Get yer drag on!

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 69 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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Drag Hunts

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

Last week, Day 62, we had lots of fun with searches and scavenger hunts…this week, we are going to build on that, get our dog tracking, following a trail we lay for them.

Your dog is already really good at this but now we are going to ask him to search for something we know…

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Day 68 Freestyle Friday!

Day 68!

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 68 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 68 Ingredients

You must use the following:

  • Pringles tubes or similar

You can add food or toys or anything else appropriate, if…

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Day 67 Suspended Puzzles Pt. 2

Day 67! More suspended puzzles!

Remember, the goal is not to make it difficult, but instead to make it just challenging enough that they can succeed quickly and without frustration.

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 67 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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Suspended Puzzles

At a glance:

  • taking puzzles to a new height, literally, changes the challenge greatly
  • you really can suspend any puzzle, and today, we are going to build on the puzzling abilities developed on Day 53 in Part 1 – you can start there, if you like, to help your dogs gain the skills
  • food and cognitive based enrichment
  • get the family involved in this one – kids love making puzzles for pets and these challenges offer…

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Day 66 Transferring Cues

Day 66! Really, this is the most effective way to teach preferred behaviours, while still providing your dog with access to the functions of their behaviour. Everyone wins!

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 66 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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Transferring Cues

At a glance:

  • understand how learning and behaviour work so that you can teach new behaviours responsive to environmental cues
  • the key to teaching is not in training new behaviours (the dog can already do and is already doing them) but to get behaviour under stimulus control, so that we can ask for behaviour
  • stimulus control is hard to achieve, even though everyone believes their dog knows sit or down etc.
  • cognitive based enrichment
  • while children…

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Day 65 Loose Leash Walking doesn’t have to be boring!

Day 65! LLW is much easier if the dog wants to choose to walk close to you!

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 65 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!

Loose Leash Walking doesn’t have to be boring

At a glance:

  • simple and fun games to boost engagement and choice
  • your dog chooses to walk close to you without a lead, so that it’s easier when they are on lead
  • engagement games, like these, teach the dog to choose you, even when you don’t have treats or toys, and even when there are distractions
  • we start with simple training games and build toward more and more engagement
  • cognitive…

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Day 64 DIY Nail Care

Day 64! Make your own nail board today!

AniEd Ireland

Welcome to Day 64 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!

DIY Nail Care

At a glance:

  • build a nail file and teach your dog to file their nails themselves
  • most suitable for the front nails, which often are the ones that need most care
  • many, many dogs find having their feet handled or touched very unpleasant
  • improve your pet’s comfort with having feet handled and with the presence of nail clipping equipment
  • social and cognitive based enrichment
  • although children can make great dog trainers with the right guidance…

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