Mental exercise is so good for your dog
We have all heard ‘a tired dog is a good dog’ but did you know that goes for mental stimulation too? Mental exercise for your pup can even be more tiring than physical exercise and it doesn’t have to take a long time. Two 15 minute sessions a day should be plenty of time for your average dog.
Brain games with your pup are fun and don’t have to be complicated. They are also great for bad weather days.
Here is a list of our favorite doggy brain games:
Tricks – Teaching your dog a new trick is great for their mental stimulation, confidence and for bonding with you.
Agility – Agility training is physical AND mental stimulation. Dogs need to figure out how to do each obstacle. Over time you can add more or mix up the order of obstacles to keep them guessing.
New experiences – We all have routines and routine can be good but so is trying and experiencing new things. Let your dog have new experiences. Try a different route on your walk, a new dog park, new noises, smells, dogs and people.
Games like keep away, fetch and hide and seek – Most dogs love playing games and games make them have to think to get the outcome they want.
Puzzle toys – Puzzle and treat dispensing toys have become very popular. Your dog needs to figure out how to get the treats out. Puzzle toys like the Planet Dog Snoop and Mazee are fun for dogs but also can wear them out mentally.
Remember, physical exercise is important for your pup, but so is mental stimulation. Do you have a favorite brain game you like to play with your pup? Share it with us in the comments! We would love to hear it.