Mental Stimulation

Mental Stimulation

mental stimulationWhen you look at your dog’s life you might think to yourself that they are living the dream. Yummy food provided at every meal, a soft warm bed, and don’t forget about all the treats and love! The living is easy. But with this easy living boredom can become a factor due to lack of stimulation. A dog in the wild would wear themselves out through every day survival tasks. Searching for food, shelter and being mindful of predators is a lot of work.

Since our domesticated dogs do not have to do this they need to expend this energy in a different way. If your high energy dog doesn’t have an outlet to express this energy then that might explain why they have chewed your favorite pair of shoes or gnawed a hole in your couch. There are no bad dogs, just bored ones. Besides the obvious physical exercise there is mental stimulation that should be added into your dog’s daily routine. This can be done through obedience training, playing games, providing long lasting chews, or using treat release toys.

Treat release toys are a great option for a rainy day, for feeding dogs that need a little more to do or eat too fast, or if you are going to be out of the house for an extended period of time. These toys or chews can also be used after a long day at work when your dog’s energy level isn’t quite matching yours. Mental stimulation not only helps with boredom but can help destress an anxious dog and add enriching experiences to their lives. 

“If you do not give your dog a job to do, they will become self-employed.”