Mental Stimulation For Dogs – Keeping Their Brains Busy
The following are some of the benefits of keeping your dog’s brains busy:
1) Keeps Your Dog Active & Happy!
Keeping your dog active keeps him happy and helps keep his mind occupied. If you don’t do anything with them, they will just sit around doing nothing. They may even get bored and start barking at something outside or possibly getting into fights with other dogs in the neighborhood.
2) Keeps You From Being Bored!
If you have a job, then you probably spend most of your time there. And if you don’t, well, it doesn’t mean that much since you still have to go to work everyday.
But what happens when your dog isn’t working? What if he/she is playing with their friends all day long?
Well, now that would be boring for both of you!
3) Helps With Training!
Training is always a big concern for any owner. A dog that is kept busy will definitely learn faster than one that sits quietly in front of the TV all day long. Having your dog engaged in activities such as fetching, agility, obedience training, etc., will certainly make him/her more attentive and obedient towards you.
(And yes, they will actually love those treats!)
4) Provides Socialization!
Most of us have busy lives and sometimes we just can’t take our dogs out for a walk or run. With activities such as agility and obedience training, they get the socialization that they need to interact with people and other animals. Even when they are just playing fetch by themselves, they are still socializing with other dogs.
5) Fur-Kids Love Attention!
Keeping your dog busy with activities such as fetch, agility, tricks, and more will help with making your relationship much stronger. You will be providing them with something that they desire and you will be happy to give it to them. Training is a great way to bond with your fur-baby as well. Even if you don’t have a lot of time to spend daily with them, you can always make up for it in quality time.
6) Good For You, Too!
Working with your dog will definitely keep you active and in shape. Not only will you have a happier dog, but you will be able to keep up with them as well. If you have a job that is sitting in front of a computer all day long, it is always nice to come home to your dog and play the occasional game of fetch or Frisbee. It makes the day go by much quicker.
How does your dog get his daily exercise? Is he involved in any activities or do you just let him outside to run around by himself? Does your dog do any tricks or have any specialized training?
Let us know in the comments!
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Sources & references used in this article:
- Teaching with the brain in mind (L Katz – 2014 – Workman Publishing)
- The memory bible: An innovative strategy for keeping your brain young (E Jensen – 2005 – books.google.com)
- Brain excitability and electroencephalographic activation: non-invasive evaluation in healthy humans via transcranial magnetic stimulation (G Small – 2003 – books.google.com)