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Helping your dog to live his best life

 

A lack of mental stimulation is a leading contributory factor in dog behavioural problems.

Here are a few ways to give your dog the feel good factor:

Exercise

We all have our favourite walks and that's ok, but shaking it up with a trip somewhere new can be enjoyable for both of you.

Take them to the woods, through the streams, and in the mud.  Find a dog friendly beach or river and enjoy splashing in the shallow waters.

Let them get a little messy exploring the great outdoors.

Nosework
Feeding
Interaction

Playing with your dog gives him enjoyment, mental stimulation and increases your bond.

There are lots of ways to play, but two favourites are:

Fetch!

The idea of fetch is simple – you throw your dog’s favourite toy and he brings it back to you. Repeat. Over and over and over!

It’s an easy game that you can play anywhere – living room, garden, local park or whilst walking in a safe location.

Does your dog have other ideas?!

Whilst sounding simple, some dogs have their own ideas about the rules of this game and like to chase after the toy but not bring it back!

If this is your dog, a simple trick you can try is to throw the toy for him, wait for him to pick it up and then you run in the opposite direction. He should chase after you.  Once he’s caught up with you, ask for the toy and praise him when he gives it back to you.  Hopefully, after a couple of goes, he should get the idea and play properly.

Hide & seek!

You can also find and take part in local organised activities such as:

  • Agility
  • Flyball
  • Doggy dancing
  • Tracking
  • Dog shows
  • Obedience classes

These are a great way to build on your dog’s training and socialisation as well as meeting other like-minded humans too!

To find organised activities local to you, look on the Kennel Club website.