At the Urban Hound, we are always trying to innovate dog care in a way that improves the lives of our canine clientele. All of the dogs in our care are treated to comfortable beds and blankets, treats, one-on-one time, and more. That said, we wanted to see how we could make our dogs even happier during their time with us.

Enter Jess, our Enrichment Coordinator. With a wealth of experience in the animal care industry, she is putting this knowledge to use here at the Urban Hound, developing an ever-changing enrichment experience for our dogs. What do we mean by “enrichment?” For us, enrichment is about introducing purposeful activities and routines into each dog’s time with us.

We are constantly adding to and developing our Enrichment Program to keep things interesting for our dogs. Our Enrichment Program is an important part of our hotel and daycare services and will never cost extra.

  • We use a number of strategies to make sure that every dog’s stay is happy, fun, and low-stress. Whether it be introducing a treat puzzle or a lavender-scented toy to the pup, or playing calming music in our play area during thunderstorms, we are making the boarding and daycare experience more enjoyable for each Hound.

    • Kongs filled with delicious new recipes each day (think plain yogurt and blueberries today, peanut butter and carrots tomorrow)
    • Snuffle mats and treat puzzles to keep dogs’ minds working as they eat
    • Essential oils on beds, blankets, and toys for a soothing effect
    • Playgroups with a few dogs of matching energy levels
    • Fetch and toy sessions for pups who are motivated by play
    • And just some good, old-fashioned snuggle time with the staff
  • Jess has worked with animals most of her life and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her to the Urban Hound. Her time working at the MSPCA exposed her to dogs and other animals from all backgrounds, and she found a lot of joy in helping these animals on to their forever homes.

    Jess grew up in Vermont and has been surrounded by animals since she was young. Her passion lies in helping each and every animal she encounters feel happy and comfortable in their environment. Jess and her husband have two rescue dogs and two rescue bunnies. Jess also fosters animals with the MSPCA.