The Importance of Keeping Your Dog Mentally Stimulated
Dog training tips
Raise your hand if your dog has ever bothered you, following you around the house with a bored expression on his face? If that's the case, don't worry; you're not alone! Boredom and pent-up energy are the most typical causes of behavioural issues in dogs. Most dogs in cities spend a significant amount of time alone, and the best part of their day may be watching their beloved owners return home. This is a time of great enthusiasm and celebration, and it might be overwhelming for a fatigued owner who has been in the office for eight hours.
Dogs Were Designed to Live an Active Lifestyle
When we look at the various dog breeds that surround us, we can see that the bulk of them were designed to do specific functions. Retrievers retrieved downed birds for hunters, hounds sought game with their keen noses, spaniels flushed birds out of bushes, herders herded cows and sheep, livestock guardians defended farm animals from predators, and several more versatile breeds specialised in a variety of activities.
Today, most dogs are treated as devoted companions rather than as workers, and they are frequently consigned to the yard or left at home with little to do all day. This leaves a space for dogs to fill. The proverb "an idle mind is the devil's workshop" applies to both humans and dogs. Dogs become destructive and may indulge in unwanted activities such as digging, gnawing, and barking when they have little to do all day.
Dogs, too, require exercise and mental stimulation.
We frequently think of exercise when we think of bored dogs, but dogs also require cerebral stimulation. Even if most dogs nowadays do not live in the outdoors and do not spend their days hunting in the fields with their owners, they nevertheless have a great desire for mental stimulation. This, however, does not imply that you must leave your 9-to-5 work, buy a rifle, and embark on a rabbit-hunting expedition with your dog! There are many wonderful methods to enrich your dog's life from the comfort of your own house and yard in order to stimulate his cognitive talents.
Simple activities like Hide 'n' Seek (included in the Brain Training For Dogs course) will encourage your dog to use his brain while also getting him the exercise he wouldn't receive if he snoozed in front of the fireplace all day.
A Look Into the Past
Mealtime for dogs in the wild was very different from what it is now. Dogs had to hunt to food, which involved smelling, stalking, chasing, and killing. They next had to focus on extracting the meat from the bones after the animal was slaughtered, which required a lot of biting and scraping. Even when dogs were domesticated and no longer hunters at heart, they scavenged for food and had a difficult life. They spend a significant portion of their days sniffing and roaming around in search of small scraps of food. The majority of their diet consisted of carcasses left behind by other predators or food left behind by people who rejected the less appealing parts of the animals they slaughtered.In any case, whether they were hunters or scavengers, dogs in the past spent a significant portion of their day looking for food. This was a long cry from how dogs are fed these days! Nowadays, we go to our local pet supply store to do all of our dog hunting. Our dog's food is delivered in bags or cans, which we then pour into gleaming bowls, ready to be sucked down without chewing! Certain brain games, such as the "Treasure Hunt" game from my Brain Training for Dogs course, can assist to reintroduce "hunting" into your dog's life. Brain Training for Dogs also teaches you how to teach your dog the Bottle Game, which is the simplest method to give your dog a suppertime challenge.
Alternatively, you can add cerebral interest to meals by using dog feeder toys.
What Can You Do About It?
Simple ways to keep your dog mentally occupied include problem-solving exercises, new tricks, or simply redoing a training session with some element of freshness.
My Thinking Training for Dogs course includes 21 fun brain games you can play with your dog to keep both of you on your toes (or paws, as the case may be) while exercising his brain. Each segment includes a success guide, troubleshooting hints, and plenty of illustrations to show you exactly how to learn the games.
Dogs make happier and healthier companions when their demands for exercise and mental stimulation are addressed, so the next time you think about exercising your dog, don't forget to exercise your brain as well!