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Why is mental stimulation important for your dog?

Hannah Ruess . Wednesday, May 11, 2016 . Comments
Why is mental stimulation important for your dog?

Mental stimulation is as important as physical fitness and a healthy diet for your dog.

If you exercise your dog well but don’t provide him with mental enrichment you will end up with a physical fit but bored dog, which could lead to many behavioural problems.

If you keep your dog mentally and physically fit, you are going to have a much happier, healthier and calmer companion.

Imagine yourself locked in a room the whole day with nothing to do, what would you do?

There are many different options of keeping your dog mentally fit through games, training and food puzzles it is much better if your dog spends 20-30 minutes per day to work for its food instead of gobbling it down in 5 minutes.

Here are some great ‘do it yourself’ examples for food puzzles.

  • Use a muffin tin with tennis balls on top
  • Cut an old tennis ball and fill with treats
  • Put some holes into a plastic container filled with treats and close the lid
  • Use cardboard boxes and fill with treats and newspaper
Remember if your dog tends to eat everything you should supervise your dog when you give him the food puzzle.
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