Below are some ideas that can help s your dog mentally entertained. This is particularly good for working dogs
Ditch the bowl and let our dog work for food Have
Rather than just putting their kibble in a bowl and place it on the floor why not make them work for it and make it fun
A common and fun method of feeding our dog is using a kong wobbler or similar as they have to roll it around the floor to get the food to come out of the hole. Please be warned this can be noisy but well worth it and our dog will have fun. You can also make our own feeders
Get Your Dog a Puzzle Toy
Puzzle toys are a great way to entertain our dog and to help them focus on the task. . One extra 15-minute game a day can such a huge difference to your dog. It gives them something to focus on, and that extra meaning in their day helps when it comes to alleviating problem behaviors.
B using a puzzle toy that you have either brought or made enables y our dog to have a chance to use their natural problem-solving abilities. And by keeping your dog engaged with interactive toys you can help tire them out mentally.
Not all dogs take to puzzle games straight away so I suggest you try out some quick and easy ways to entertain your dog to start wit using simple things like a towel
Play scenting games at home and on a dog walk
Most dogs love to have a good sniff and do basic nose work One of my dogs. Having your dog use their nose to find things is a really simple way to help them home in on their natural skills. And all that searching will provide your dog with a lot more mental stimulation in their daily routine.
One of the games that Missy likes is ‘go find it.’ I use some dried liver or other smell treats such as cheese and hide it around the flat
This is also eas to take outdoors on dog walks as treat can be hidden in fallen trees long grass etc
Make an Obstacle Course for Your Dog
Teaching your dog how to go through an obstacle course is a nice mental workout for them. And if you don’t have any agility jumps or poles at home don’t worry; you can make your own, or just use some stuff in your house as alternatives.
An assault course at hoe needn’t be expensive and some of the stuff ou ma already have for example
You can teach your dog to ‘go to your blanket,’ ‘jump over this broomstick’ or ‘weave’ through cones. Whatever commands work with what you’ve got set up. And the benefit of putting these obstacles together like this is that it’s a really big mental workout for your dog. You’re not just asking them to do one thing, you’re asking them to do one thing after another.
Making your own obstacle course at home (even if it’s just jumping over a broomstick) is a simple way to teach your dog new tricks.
Engage in More Interactive Play With Your Dog
They say Dogs are a Mans best friend. One thing is true they certainly love to play and interact with us.
Interactive play is when you actively engage with your dog. Some simple interactive play includes having a game of tug. Not only do interactive games and to help with mental stimulation they also help strengthen our bond
Play Find the Lady with them
this is a great game based on the erm street game called Find the lady. It’s a game where you hide a treat under one of 3 identical containers such as paper cups, and then you shuffle them around letting the participant choose the correct container.
To play the shell game with your dog you let them watch as you place a treat under one of the cups. Shuffle them around and then encourage them to ‘find the treat.’ The shell game will give your dog more mental stimulation, and it’s an easy way to help them work on their problem-solving skills.