Mixing up Mental Stimulation

We all know how important mental stimulation is for dogs but it can be hard coming up with different ideas that will keep them amused. It’s all to easy to get the same puzzle toy that she now knows so well and think it will be enough to drain them.

Rotating Toys

It’s not just mentally challenging activities that need to be mixed up but toys too. Emptying out the toy box every day will, eventually becoming uninspiring. A good idea is to put all her toys away before you go to bed. The next day choose just two or three toys for her to play with when it’s play time. Depending on how many toys she has, you can choose to maybe swap one out in the evening or wait until the next day when a completely different selection are brought out. Rotating toys this way will enthuse her and encourage play.

Buy Your Dog a Book!

There are some fantastic books available which provide great mental stimulation ideas and activities such as How to Train a Superdog by Gwen Bailey. You can open the book at any page and it will be something new to teach your dog.

Let Your Dog Watch the TV

Yes, there really is TV for dogs. Dog TV is a streaming service, providing entertainment for our dogs. It can provide good mental stimulation and help alleviate anxiety when dogs are left alone. There is however a subscription fee. Equally, YouTube have lots of free videos lasting up to an hour.

Maddie Knight

ACC.Ad.Dip.Can.Psy AMACC Canine Psychologist and Behaviourist
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