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How To Provide Mental Stimulation For Your Dog

Your dog needs mental stimulation as well as their daily exercise. Mental stimulation enables them to be more like a dog and forces them to use their brain. Dogs that get enough mental stimulation will be more content. Dogs that don’t get enough mental stimulation can often develop behavioural problems. When dogs are bored and underestimated they can become frustrated and destructive. Just because your dog is tired from a long walk doesn’t mean they have got the mental stimulation they require. Here are some ways to provide mental stimulation for your dog.


Scent Work

Scent work is a good way of providing mental stimulation for your dog. All it takes is a few scent games to get your dog’s mind going. You can play games such as hunting for treats around the house, finding treats under cups and kibble hunting in the garden.


Kongs

are excellent for a bit of mental stimulation. Dogs love playing with them and trying to figure out how to get the treats out. Give your dog a Kong with some tasty treats inside and this will give them some much needed mental stimulation.


Games

There are so many different . Games are ideal for mental stimulation and they are great fun for you and your dog. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Hide and seek
  • Tug of war
  • Dog puzzles


Obedience

When your dog is training they are using their mind. Doing obedience training regularly can help to keep your dog’s mind active. Learning a new trick is a fantastic way of stimulating their mind whilst also improving their obedience.


Dog Sports

Dogs sports are great because they provide your dog with exercise to keep them active and healthy and they also help stimulate their mind. Get your dog involved in one of these dog sports:

  • Agility
  • Flyball
  • Cani X
  • Heelwork to music


Games At The Park

Outdoor games can also be beneficial. Head down to your local park or if your garden is big enough play some frisbee or fetch with your dog.


Socialisation

Interacting with people and other dogs forces your dog to use their senses and their mind. Simply going on a walk and meeting lots of different people and dogs can give your dog some mental stimulation.


New Toys

Get your dog some with. Some toys are specifically made to engage a dog’s mind and can provide hours of entertainment and fun.


Dog Chews

Stock up on some Dog chews and give them to your dog occasionally as a treat. The act of chewing on something keeps your dog’s mind occupied and also helps promote healthy teeth.

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