Animals enrich your life, but have you done the same for them?

Food puzzles such as the Outward Hound Doggy Blocks can be used to feed an entire meal, and come in a variety of difficulty levels to keep pets entertained. Pictured is staff writer Gabrielle Chevalier's dog, Sasha.

We show our pets love through a multitude of ways: We give them affection when we're home, dole out treats for good behavior (and sometimes, just because), get them groomed when they seem uncomfortable and much more. However, many people are still missing a key component of pet care: mental stimulation.

Little Fido might not be able to discuss current events or understand the book you are reading, but enrichment is crucial for animals, says Dr. Denise Radford, associate veterinarian at Applebrook Animal Hospital in Ooltewah. Whether or not those opportunities are provided can make a difference between a well-behaved and a destructive pet, she adds.

Luckily, today's markets are saturated with products to help you enrich your animal's environment. And, Radford says, many provide lasting benefits to keep your pup's or kitten's mind sharp as they get older.

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