How to Stimulate Your Dog Mentally?1

Hi Everyone,

As a preliminary point, I inform you that Lisa, our new German Shepherd mix puppy got her second de-worming. Our rescued favorite was 14 weeks old and weighed 17 pounds yesterday. Spending many times together with pets you can stimulate your dog mentally. The two dogs get along very well with each other, the older one (Zizi) almost completely reborn due to the puppy. And today’s topic is the ways to stimulate your dog psychologically to achieve a desired  behavior.

stimulate-your-dog-mentally -jack-russelDoes your dog always bark, chew or weeding the flower in your garden? If whatever your answer is yes, then it’s advisable to reorganize your everyday life with your dog. Namely, behind of numerous behavioral problems – such as barking, chewing, digging, etc. – is the isolation, boredom and insufficient exercise and mental stimulation. Unfortunately, as we’re all getting busier, sometimes less and less time, and energy remains for our favorite.

Despite this, humans expect certain behavior from their dogs in the everyday life, common work, sport and training. You can achieve the realization of this behavior if you provide the physical, mental and emotional conditions equally. Namely, this species (Canis familiaris) is required to fulfill these to be a mentally balanced dog in the modern civilized environment as well.

Our Dog’s Requirements

1) Proper food. The food eaten affects the general health, mood, resistance, physical and mental endurance and the available age. Food has to be tasty, and must comply with the medical and biological requirements are important in the animal development.

2) Socialization. The next requirement for dogs is getting in different social connections of the real world. That means to be familiarized with outer stimuli in their 4 – 16 weeks of age. Namely, those will increase their resistance to stress and determine their lives in the future.

3) Learning. I get questions daily: “Can you teach my dog to …” And sometimes they ask so absurdities, which shouldn’t teach a dog if s/he doesn’t get housing conditions adequate to its race, and wasn’t  socialized from its puppy age. Because to raise a dog should know the best by his owner (pack leader).

4) Movement. For example, a terrier tends to look forever, rushing move from one scent to another. For the greyhound only the real galloping is the satisfactory movement. You cannot expect from northern dog breeds to walk slowly on a loose leash against their instinct. The list could go on.

5) Task. Experience has shown that the reason of significant part of behavioral problems is that your dog is bored. If your dog gets a job, you expect liability from him. If you give him work, then you can increase the animal’s self-confidence, and it can be motivated emotionally, too.

6) Playing. Fun and humor are the two most important components of a dog’s play. With 10 -15 minutes daily common playing, you can enhance your dog’s concentration ability, and intellectual development. As a result of regular, shared player activity your pet well be physically and mentally balanced.

7) Grooming. All dogs require from the owner certain grooming care and assistance throughout his or her life. During the daily exercise or strolling their coats, paws can pick up some grime, dirt, debris. Their eyes, ears, teeth also may require care to prevent illnesses. A well-groomed animal can be healthier, and you can stimulate him mentally easier.

8) Healthcare. Your dog’s health care requirements are constantly changing during his life. The needs differ for a 2-3 month-old pup, an adolescent canine, and your aging four-legged companion, too. Consequently, all dog owners should provide the adequate animal health-care for his canine.

Ways of Stimulate Your Dog Mentally

You may be wondering, why I listed the above elements here. Every above components help you to motivate your dog mentally. They form the foundation of that. I do understand, there are many explanations why you can’t go out with your canine to get some exercise, for instance. Apart from that, you can do many things to keep your dog from going unmanageable nowadays.

A sure way to stimulate your dog mentally is providing him diverse toys. Encouraging your animal to play occupies his attention and this can keep him away from mischief. Be sure to supply numerous various kinds of toys: ropes, toys, stuffed animals and “wear-proof chews,” and alike.

The toys called “interactive” are available in different shapes nowadays. “Interactive” signifies that your furry-friend needs to take some action – get pertaining to that toy – to allow it to be work. For example, there is a toy makes fragrant bubbles in your animal’s preferred scents once your pet presses on various areas of that device.

That’s all today. In the second part, we’ll discuss methods and devices to stimulate your dog mentally according to your goals.

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow is a nature enthusiastic for more than six decades. He was writing nearly 400 articles, reports so far about how to live with your dogs harmoniously.
Alex Sparrow