As owners we tend to be very good about physically exercising our dogs, but we forget that mental stimulation is just as important to maintain a happy, healthy, and well-balanced dog.
SO HOW DO WE GIVE OUR DOGS MENTAL EXERCISE?
Obedience is the best way to mentally stimulate your dog! Obedience provides structure and essentially gives your dog a “job” to do. Dogs are meant to be working animals and when we don’t give them a job to do, they find one for themselves. This usually comes out as chewing, digging, incessant barking or other behaviors that we find inappropriate.
We don’t want your dog to be in a command 24/7 because that’s not fun for your or your dog, but we do want to provide them with the structure and stimulation that they need to live a fulfilled life and well-balanced life.
Other great ways to gain mental stimulation include interactive games, agility, and tricks!