Activities For Dogs With Smart Owners

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Introduction

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. 

Book Smart

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Books
Dog Puzzle
Activity description

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!

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Tricks
Teach your pet lots of different kinds of tricks, not just your average sit and paw. It takes a lot of brain power for a dog to learn tricks and patience from you as well. Arm yourself with treats and read up on the best ways to teach a dog tricks. When your dog is doing hundreds of tricks on command, people will look at them and say "now that's a smart dog!".
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Reading time
If you are book smart then you most likely enjoy reading a good book. Whether it is a textbook you are studying or a novel that you can't pull yourself away from, your dog would love to cuddle up and read with you too. Cozy up with your pup and relax, read and pat that dog!
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Puzzles
Smart owners need smart dogs so train your dog to use their brain by looking into a dog puzzle toy for them. These toys have compartments where you can hide treats. Your dog must then figure out how to open the puzzle in order to retrieve the treats. A smart dog will learn these puzzles pretty quickly, so pick one that seems like a good challenge!
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Street Smart

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Any Day
Free
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

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!

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Run away
Teaching your dog to run away may seem counter-intuitive but it can help your dog escape if a dangerous situation occurs. It can also help a dog who gets anxious in certain situations get away from whatever is making them nervous. Train your dog to run to a designated location when you give the command "run away".
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Bark on cue
While many people may find their dogs bark to be obnoxious (especially if it is ongoing), training your dog to bark at certain things can be invaluable. Teach your dog to bark upon command or if they see something like a fire or if someone is injured. Having a dog who barks for help will reflect on your street smarts for sure!
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Cross safely
If you want your pup to be street smart, you should literally train them to be smart about the street. Teach your dog that running into the road is not an option. They should stop, sit and wait for your command before crossing any street - now that is street smart!
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Emotional Intelligence

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Pick-up Bags
Leash
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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!

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Dog park
Bring your dog to a dog park where they can run and interact with other dogs. If your dog acts aggressively toward another dog, immediately correct that action. If your dog and another pup are playing nicely, immediately reward them. Soon your dog will learn that happy play is the way to go and become more friendly with other dogs.
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Human interaction
Invite your friends and family over frequently and reward your dog when they are friendly toward your human friends. If you are laughing and happy with your guests, give your dog treats and attention as well. If you are having a serious talk or something sad has occurred, have your dog lie down and stay, showing them that sometimes, people need alone time. Your dog will most likely pick up on human emotions with little to no training from you.
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Expressions
Train your dog to express emotions through tricks. Teach your pup to wag their tail when you say "happy" or to lie down with their head in their paws when you say "sad". A dog who can spin in a circle when they hear the command "excited" is sure to prove how emotionally intelligent their owner is (you took the time to teach them emotions after all!)
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Agility Course

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.

Self Feeding

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!

Conclusion

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!