Unique space to provide enrichment for rescue dogs
The Scottish SPCA has opened a sensory garden designed especially for dogs in its’ Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre, thanks to funding from craft beer company BrewDog.
The charity takes in a number of dogs who have been abused, injured or abandoned from across Scotland. Many of these dogs lack basic learned behaviours and experience of socialisation.
The goal of the sensory garden is to present rescued dogs with a variety of sights, scents and sounds to help improve their confidence and comfort.
Areas with different textured surfaces and obstacles provide exercise for the dogs and allow them to play in a safe, mentally stimulating space.
The Scottish SPCA also plans to plant dog-friendly plants in the summer months which will encourage the dogs to use their sense of smell.
Acting centre manager, Louise Griese said: “We’ve designed this area to incorporate as many different experiences for the dogs as possible including a safe, quiet space for them to relax in.
“Our centre in Glasgow opened their sensory garden last year and since opening, the team have witnessed positive changes in the confidence levels of the dogs, especially those which came from puppy farms, it would appear that this has been enriching for the dogs.
“It was a real team effort involving the local community...We’re so grateful to the BrewDog Foundation for making this sensory garden possible. This will change the lives of dogs that come into our care and better prepare them for finding their loving, forever homes.”
Image (c) The Scottish SPCA