How To Keep Your Dog Mentally Stimulated

How To Keep Your Dog Mentally Stimulated

I was having a​ conversation with a​ friend of​ mine and I thought I would quickly send this out to​ you,​ before I leave for the​ weekend.

We were discussing how to​ keep your dog's mind stimulated.

Remember: Bored dogs cause problems. if​ you​ don't keep your dog's mind stimulated,​ chances are that he'll find activities to​ stimulate his mind,​ himself. And you​ won't like those activities.

A dog that is​ mentally stimulated on​ a​ daily basis is​ a​ happy dog. And happy dogs don't cause dog problems.

Here's a​ quick list of​ how to​ keep your dog mentally stimulated:

1. Exercise. Lots of​ exercise. if​ you​ can incorporate exercise with another activity such as​ playing,​ "Find the​ ball,​" or​ doing some agility exercises,​ then that's even better.

2. Brain teaser toys. I'll be adding some of​ these to​ our web site store,​ later next week. There are a​ number of​ cool toys that actually challenge your dog's mind. For example,​ one of​ the​ more popular ones is​ the​ "Buster Cube,​" a​ plastic cube that releases a​ pellet of​ food,​ every third or​ fourth time the​ Cube is​ rolled over.

3. Small rituals done at​ the​ same time of​ day,​ every day. For example; feeding time,​ grooming,​ walks,​ "cookie" time,​ car trips around town,​ etc...

4. Dogs like to​ work. Teach your dog to​ bring in​ the​ newspaper,​ carry mail back from the​ mailbox or​ to​ walk out with you​ when you​ take the​ trash out. (Whenever I go through the​ drive-thru window at​ McDonald's,​ Forbes - my dog - gets to​ carry the​ trash bag to​ the​ trash receptacle when we're finished. Sound silly,​ right? But the​ dog loves it!)

5. Do obedience training with your dog. Obedience training requires your dog to​ use his brain and think. Knowing that he will be praised for making the​ right decision and corrected for making the​ wrong decision (and allowed the​ opportunity to​ make the​ right decision again) instills a​ sense of​ responsibility in​ your dog and demands that he use his noggin. Remember: Dogs are bred to​ work. They've been blessed with super-human instincts and drives and they need an​ outlet for those drives.

That's all for now,​ folks!

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