Environmental enrichment (ie, transforming surroundings into experiences via introduction of novelty, opportunities to learn, and occasions to behave according to natural instincts) is an important element in treating many behavioral disorders, including unruly behaviors, cognitive dysfunction syndrome, storm phobia, separation anxiety, compulsive behaviors, and frustration-related behaviors.1,2 Enrichment is also an essential component of care for all pets, including small mammals, reptiles, dogs, cats, and horses, and can have a positive effect on their welfare and well-being.
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Enrichment recommendations are generally easy for clients to implement and can be quickly explained by the entire team, making them ideal first-line behavioral recommendations. Clients can begin treatment immediately and can see prompt positive results while waiting for medication and behavior modifications to take effect. In cases of normal but undesirable behaviors, enrichment may be the only recommendation needed.