Mental stimulation is as crucial for dogs as physical exercise. It can help improve mental health, build confidence, release stress, and eliminate destructive behaviors.
Signs your dog may be bored include excessive chewing, knocking over the trash, digging holes, overexcitement, persistent begging for attention, and excessive licking.
Hide-and-seek can be a fun game for dogs, requiring them to use their critical thinking skills and sense of smell.
Allow your dog to take their time on walks, exploring and sniffing around. This can decrease their stress and release dopamine, the "happy" brain chemical.
Puzzle toys can provide mental stimulation as your dog figures out how to access hidden treats.
Scatter feeding involves hiding portions of your pet's dry food around the house. This requires your dog to use their nose to find the food, providing mental stimulation.
Even just 5-15 minutes a day can be exhausting and rewarding for them, helping to prevent boredom and enhance their skills.