Dogs can be pretty smart and if you chose a smart dog, chances are that you are pretty smart too! So how can you and your pup celebrate your intelligence through games and activities? Well, before choosing an activity directed toward intellect, you should think about what kind of intelligence you have. Are you well studied and have numerous degrees or are you "street smart" and can think on your toes in tricky situations? Perhaps you have a high emotional intelligence and can sense and adapt to other people's feelings. Here are some activities that are perfect for all different types of smart owners.
If you would consider yourself book smart, that means you may be well educated, have a few college degrees and keep up with continuing your education. If you feel like this describes you well, then these quick activities and games are perfect for you and your pup. A book smart owner should pass their knowledge on to their pup in ways that they enjoy. The main thing when planning activities is to cater to both you and your dog so that everyone has fun. It seems as though learning and education is your passion so, get ready to pass that on to your pup - they will be "book smart" in no time too!
An owner who would be considered street smart is someone who is quick on their feet and can react and adapt in a matter of seconds. You have the experience and knowledge to deal with difficult or unsafe situations that may occur in day to day life. Isn't it a good plan for your pup to have this same type of intelligence? You want your dog to be safe in any setting and be able to react calmly to a change in their surroundings. While you don't want to put your dog into unsafe scenarios to see how they react, you can train your pup to play it cool no matter what is thrown at them. Street smarts are important!
A smart owner who has extremely high emotional intelligence will be very aware of how others are feeling. They will know how to adjust their demeanor to be in line with the people nearby and be very good in all types of social settings. If this sounds like you, maybe your pup is emotionally intelligent too! The best way to help your dog become more in tune with people and other animals' emotions is to let them be around friends and family frequently. The more your dog is with other people and other dogs, the better they will get at 'reading the room'. As a smart owner, you will surely set up these activities for your pup very soon!
Get a pet feeder that requires your dog to paw at a button in order for treats or dog food to come out. A smart owner is one who never has to worry about feeding their dog as they know the dog can feed themselves!
Training your dog to run through a series of obstacles is a great way to exercise their mind and body. Agility courses are great for smart owners as well as they require you to learn each skill and think about how to train your dog properly.
There are a lot of smart dog owners out they because anyone who is smart would choose to own a dog! Of course, we aren’t all smart in the same ways so celebrate your specific intelligence by doing games and activities directed toward you. Don't forget that you can become more well rounded and even smarter if you branch into other types of intelligence games- just because you're "book smart" doesn't mean you have to abstain from "street smart" games! Try them all and see what type of "smart" your dog is!