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Best Ways to Stimulate Your Dog's Mind

Updated on February 6, 2018
Dog training
Dog training

When it comes to dog training, stimulating your dog's mind is one of the few things that you must do in order to ensure that he will be willing to try new things with you. As you discover ways on how to work with your dog's instinctual nature, you can bring the best out of your pet.

However, one of the most common mistakes a lot of owners do with dog training is that they misinterpret the term “play” as a way of letting the pup run wild. It shouldn't be this way, because play sessions must be productive yet fun at the same time. It should develop not only the physical component of your dog, but mental as well.

That said, here are some of the best mind tricks that you can try during dog training.

1. Nose Stimulation

Dogs have a very strong sense of smell, and one of the games that you can try can be hiding their food or favorite treats. You can also consider building some obstacle courses out of sturdy containers and cardboard boxes.

Rub the scent in different places, and you should hide the treat in the most difficult place to find. This would motivate your dog to solve the problem, build confidence, and best of all, get his reward in exchange of his efforts.

2. Be Imaginative

You don't have to spend a lot of money on dog training-- no need to buy a lot of toys and tools. Remember how you used to build fortresses when you were a kid? You basically use whatever is lying around the house. You can do this with your dog; be creative.

For example, you can create an agility course at home and use treats to motivate your dog. Also, be as patient as possible. Although you may not get the results you want right away, keep in mind that practice makes perfect.

3. Act and Play Like a Dog

Dogs love to run and chase things. So, one of the games that you can try is tying a string at the end of a long stick, attaching it to a stuffed animal. In order to make it more interesting, don't forget to rub the scent of his favorite food or treat. Move the toy slowly, stop a little, and start again. This would capture the attention of your dog and leave him excited.

Aside from that, the key of this game is that it would nurture their prey drive in a focused and disciplined manner

4. Discipline Should Be Fun

Dog training involves teaching your dog the stay command, and you can turn this into a fun exercise. For example, when you say stay, hide in another room or behind the tree and let him find you.

As you are in your hiding place, call his name, or give a command. Allow their mind to process and work its way into finding you.

5. Tug of War

Last, but definitely not least fun activity you can do with your dog with all the amount of rope toys lying around would be a game of tug of war. However, be careful while playing this game, as this can also bring out the predator nature of your dog. This can be quite risky if you don't have the trust and respect of your dog. Other than that, if done properly, there's no doubt that it's a healthy way to bond with your pet

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