We all know how important it is to make sure our dogs get enough physical exercise. But I think we can agree that sometimes we forget about keeping our dogs mentally active too. That’s where these 3 quick boredom busters for dogs can help.
Dogs get bored. I’m sure you’ve seen it in your dog. Maybe they bark at you for no reason. Or maybe it’s started to show up in more serious ways like destructive behavior when you leave the house, excessive barking, chewing the furniture and destroying things around the house are all signs that your dog is not getting the mental stimulation they need.
If you’re like me, it’s hard enough to fit regular exercise for your dog into the day, let alone mental training. But don’t panic. It’s not as hard as it sounds.
Here’s 3 quick ways you can engage your dog’s brain.
1. Puzzle Bowls. Dogs in the wild used to have to work for their food. Why not introduce a bit of a mental challenge into your dog’s daily feeding routine. Maybe you’ve seen these before:
2. Play Games with Your Dog. Try playing hide and seek, tug of war, or any other fun game that engages your dog. These are great because your dog will get physical exercise as well.
3. Teaching and dog training. Take 5 minutes to work on teaching your dog a new command or trick. Dog training done right can be tons of fun for you and your dog.
This is a short list just to help get you thinking about ways you can help keep your dog mentally fit. But don’t think you have to stop there.
While the bare minimum is better than nothing, the more you do, the more your dog will benefit. Dogs that get mental stimulation are healthier and happier and make better companions.
If you’re looking for more great ideas to keep your dog mentally active, check out the book Brain Training for Dogs. It is an excellent one stop resource for ideas and ways to brain train your dog.
Download our FREE printable cheat sheet that you can use to get your dog to come everytime.
It has 21 cool brain games to play with your dog. More importantly, each section has guide to help you.
Ever read about training your dog and it sounds easy until you try it yourself? That’s where the guide comes in. It has pictures, tips, and even a troubleshooting guide.
Check it out at Brain Training for Dogs.