Dogs need two forms of stimulation in their lives to ensure they feel fulfilled. Physical exercise is only one vital part of the picture, the other is mental stimulation. While going out for a daily walk creates a nice structured routine for both of you that helps to build a solid bond between you, playtime is the perfect time to challenge and enrich your dog’s mind and build an even stronger bond. Playtime is not just a time to let your dog run wild, it is the perfect time for structured play that can be both productive and fun at the same time.
Most of us like some form of puzzles, from jigsaws to Rubik's cubes. We are not the only ones. Your dog also likes to be entertained and stimulated. There are many different types of mentally stimulating toys and puzzles available that have been specifically designed for dogs. Something as simple as a puzzle that the two of you play with for as little as 15 minutes a day can make a big difference to your dog, as it gives them something fun to focus on.
Your dog is a natural puzzle solver, by using puzzle toys, you are giving them the chance to make use of their natural problem-solving skills. Toys like this also give your dog a sense of self-confidence and will, at the same time, tire them out on a mental level.
These are only a few of the hundreds of different mentally stimulating activities you can do with your dog. Once you get started, you may find yourself continually looking for new and better ways to challenge your dog's mind. The more you do this, the happier and healthier they will be and, more importantly, the better the bond between the two of you will be.