Six Great Ways To Challenge Your Dog’s Mind

Six Great Ways To Challenge Your Dog’s Mind

There are indications that, like people, dogs become bored with the same old everyday routine. Keeping them mentally challenged and constantly exposing them to new things is just as important as taking them for walks and exercising them. Bored dogs develop destructive behaviors and take their negative energy out on objects like your furniture. Here are some new, creative ways to try and stimulate your dog’s mind so they don’t get bored and misbehave:

1.) Work on a new trick: Every time you engage your dog in a training session, you are providing him with a mental challenge. Search around for new tricks or challenges to work on. If you’re ready to move past the basic commands, check out books, scan the Internet, and ask a trainer for ideas for new tricks and training ideas.

2.) Play with interactive games or toys with your dog: Purchase a doggie board game or a canine puzzle to challenge your pup. Engage your dog in a game of Dog Memory or Dog Dominos. You can also try giving your dog one of the many toys that allow you to hide treats and objects inside and engage your dog to figure out how to work them out.

3.) Run errands with your dog: Even a quick run to the mailbox, a stopover at a friend’s house, or a spin through the car wash will place your dog face to face with a variety of stimulants.

4.) Give your dog a job to do: Dogs are bred to complete tasks such as hunting and herding. When they aren’t able to fulfill these types of duties, they can get restless. Engage your dog in a game of Frisbee. Get him involved in a sport like Agility or Flyball. Take him for a long walk, hike, or swim. Find jobs that fulfill your dog’s breed. If you have a retriever, for example, nothing will leave him more satisfied than a hearty game of fetch.

5. Introduce your dog to new faces: Every time your dog meets a new person or fellow canine, they are introduced to new sights, sounds, and butts to sniff. Taking your pup to places like the dog park will provide him with ample opportunity to engage his senses.

6. Give him new toys and rotate out the old ones: You wouldn’t want to play with the same toy every day, would you? Give your pup a toy to play with for a few days and when he grows bored of it, replace it with another one and keep the cycle going so he stays interested in them. Play hide-and-seek with them around the house or toss them for a game of fetch to keep his mind moving!


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