Below are some canine enrichment deas 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
Rather than just putting their kibble in a bowl and place it on the floor why not make them earn their food in a fun way
A common and fun method of feeding our dog is using a kong wobbler or similar as they must roll it around the floor so that the food comes out of the hole. Please be warned this can be noisy but your dog will have great fun. You can also make our own feeders
Provide a Puzzle Toy for your dog
These type of toys are a great way to entertain our dog and to help them focus on the task. . Making the time for One extra 15-minute brain game every day can make such a difference to your dog. It gives them something to focus on, and that extra meaning in their day helps when it comes to helping to solve certain behaviours.
If 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 mentally engaged with brain games and 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 with using simple things like a towel
These type of brain games are also ideal if your dog is on limited exercise for any reason.
Play scenting games at home and on a dog walk
Most dogs love to have a good sniff and do basic nose work. Apart from ball Missy’s favourite game is to use her nose to find treats. Sniffing out food and other objects is one of 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 easy to take outdoors on dog walks as treat can be hidden in fallen trees long grass etc
Let your dog do Agility
Lots of dogs love agility and weaving in and out of obstacles is a nice mental workout for them. One of the great things about Agility is that a some of the obstacles and jumps etc can be made at home from obstacles from around the home
An assault course at hoe need not be expensive and some of the stuff you may already have for example
Teaching your dog to “go to bed”. “jump over” or “go under” a broom handle, “weave” in and out of cones or plant pots. Whatever commands work with what you have got set up. Putting together a simple agility course is great fun for your dog and provides loads of mental exercise. You’re not just asking them to do one thing, you’re asking them to do one thing after another.
Making your own homemade agility course is a nice and simple way for your dog to learn a new trick. For example jumping over a broom handle
Take part in More Interactive Play with Your Dog
They say Dogs are a Man’s 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 simple tug game. Not only do interactive games and to help with mental stimulation they also help strengthen our bond
Play Find the yummy treat 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 the 3 identical containers such as paper cups, and then you shuffle them around letting your dog choose the correct container. This is great for dogs scent work along with problem-solving skills.