Brain Games

    • Gold Top Dog

    Brain Games

    Has anyone got any good recommendations for brain games that barley can do, he has been getting very bored recently and needs something to do. He is on restricted walks, so i can't exercise him physically, so i can only exercise him mentally. He is having x-rays in january , so not much longer of restricted walks as we will find out what is wrong with him and he can be put on the appropriate treatment. Thanks in advance
    • Gold Top Dog

    Clicker training is always fun and mentally stimulating for dogs.  "101 things to do with a box" is a favorite of many people. My dogs pretty much go nuts when I get a clicker and a box out. lol    

    If he eats dry kibble, you could hide his meals around the house and have him use his nose.  Of course Puzzle might want to help. :)   Hide a dog toy and have him find it.  Find it is a favorite game around here.

    I have a few puzzle toys for the dogs.  Basically different shaped objects that have hidden compartments that hold a treat.  

    • Gold Top Dog

    If I recall Barley is your one that is part Pyr??  HERDER GAMES!!!

    One of my favorites is just to take any sort of box, bucket or container, and several tennis balls.   Toss in the air -- and 'reward'' for bringing them to you and putting them in the container.  

    Or vary that theme and instead of picking it up -- if you are into "shaping" -- then have Barley "herd" with his nose.  Herding games can really help smoothe out a dog who is part herder.  It took me years to learn with my sheltie/corgi cross - but once he got ME educated on how much he **NEEDED** stuff to herd, life became much easier. LOL

    • Gold Top Dog

    We do clicker train and a bit of free shaping, but not much since we got puzzle. I will have a go at free shaping with a box, and see what he does.

    We will try hiding treats around the house as kibble is not appealing enough to him. Puzzle would be shut in her cage as he can get grumpy over food. Barley says no to any toys.

    • Puppy

    There are a lot of dog brain training toys available from KONG and NINNA OTTOSSON. Try to look for those over the net...

    www.dogica.com/dogpuptoys.html

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    • Gold Top Dog

    Not to be partial, but here is our selection of wonderful interactive toys! :) www.dog.com/.../521

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    • Puppy

    There's a website called Dognition, which contains interesting ideas for testing your dog's cognitive abilities. They offer a number of brain games for dogs that you can easily organize at home. I tried a couple of those with my dog, and he seemed happy to play those games.