Get the kids involved with some stimulating brain games for dogs
Day in the Life of a Behavior Trainer: Games - mentally stimulating brain games for dogs
If you are new to brain games for your dog, then you don’t know, but Nina Ottosson are like the Rolls Royce of mentally stimulating dog puzzles. This Scandinavian company puts incredible effort into producing some truly challenging dog puzzles that are only for the most clever dogs.
That’s right, if your dog is prone to nuisance barking, chewing, excessive whining, digging, or any other destructive behaviors, then it could very well be because they are mentally bored (though excess energy can be a factor, too). Brain games can promote nice calm behavior by stimulating the breed tasks and instincts that previously would keep dogs mentally engaged. By completing games that mock instinctual behaviors and learned tasks like chasing, hunting for food, and searching, it is a quick way to turn a bored dog into a good dog.
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The jury is still out on that one. More scientific studies need to be done before giving a definitive answer, but brain games certainly fall under the “won’t hurt, probably help” category. The Dog Guide gives two paws for up for interactive toys, saying, “Mental challenges help make your dog smart and intelligent while keeping her from getting bored and destructive. Just like humans, dogs are cognitive and emotional beings. So, they need experiences that stimulate them at both a cognitive and emotional level.”Our dogs have active minds. And just as we need to challenge our own minds to grow and learn, we need to do the same for our dogs. Whether a puppy or an adult, your dog needs to stimulate his brain to promote a healthy and happy lifestyle. Skip the $40 games and try these fun DIY dog puzzle games.Enrichment activities should encourage the dog to use all of his senses. For dogs, the #1 sense is smell. Allow your dog to use his instinctive skills and sniff with scent games and food enrichment. Using the nose requires concentration. While scent games are fun for a dog, they do not over-stimulate the dog. Scent games are mentally tiring for dogs and stimulate their brain in a way that physical exercise does not. A few minutes of a scent game can help a dog relax. With their noses, dogs can find lost people, locate land mines, diagnose cancer, admire your new perfume, and find suspicious luggage content. Those superior sniffing noses should have some fun!I am a strong advocate for teaching a dog a variety of skills so that when some of them are needed in a crunch time (like postop period), dog moms and dads can call upon them. Case in point: The Collection of games is designed to exercise the brain. These activity toys encourage problem solving in a multitude of ways: finding hidden treats via lifting and pushing blocks, pushing pieces and turning discs. The line of mind-stimulating toys fit the bill as dogs start to regain mobility or are given clearance to walk from their treating veterinarian.