Pet owners know the importance of providing physical activity or exercise to dogs. Most often they forget that dogs need mental stimulation too. When you provide your pet dog mental activities, it will engage their brain and keep it sharp.
Challenging mental exercise and brain games will keep your pet mentally active. You will be surprised to know that your pet dog is capable of recognising puzzles and solving problems. Mental exercises will also help strengthen the bond with your pet.
- Food Puzzle Toys
Food puzzle toys will make your pet dog work for their treat. The puzzle toys require creative thinking and problem solving to release the food. The toys provide mental stimulation to the dog’s mind. The food treat is a bonus.
Your pet dog will have to paw, shake, nibble, roll, or lick the toy to get access to the food. The puzzle toys encourage licking and chewing. This will also have a calming effect on your pet dog.
- Pet Puzzles
Dog puzzles are available in many shapes and sizes. You can choose a basic or challenging puzzle depending on the age of the dog.
Gauge your pet’s interest in puzzles and determine the level of difficulty that is ideal for them. The puzzles help relieve boredom and provide plenty of mental stimulation.
As dogs spend a lot of time searching for food, they are receptive to the idea of having to work to get their treat.
- Stuffed Kong
A stuffed Kong game is a simple way to keep your pet dog mentally stimulated for a long period. All that you need to do is to put all your pet dog’s favorite treat inside the Kong.
If you want to make the game more challenging you can choose to freeze the treats overnight. Stuffed Kong’s are mentally stimulating and challenge your dog’s ability to get to the treat. It is also a great way to keep your pet busy when you are at work.
- Hide and Seek Game
The hide and seek game are a fun and interactive game that will challenge and enrich your dog’s mind. Distract your dog and find a good hiding spot to hide. Call your dog. They will use their natural scent tracking abilities to track you.
Keeping changing the hiding spot so that your pet dog is challenged to find you. Reward your dog when they do manage to track your hiding spot. You can also choose to hide the favorite toy of your dog and encourage it to find it.
- Muffin Tin and Tennis Ball Game
The tennis ball game will keep your pet entertained and challenged. Place small treats in a muffin tin and cover them with tennis balls. Your pet will have to remove the ball to gain access to the treat. This simple game is ideal for young dogs and puppies.
Use a little innovation and creativity when choosing games for your pet dog. Encourage and praise your dog when they try new puzzle games. The interactive games will help the dog have fun and keep them engaged.