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    "Mental stimulation," what are some ideas of activities that are mentally stimulating

    I hear about the need to rpovide mental stimulation. I agree.

    But, I need ideas of what things the dogs can do that are mentally stimulating?

    Are filled and frozen kongs considered mentally stimulating?

    Are those double balls that dispense treats considered mentally stimulating?

    I'd love some ideas, if you have some!

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    Re: "Mental stimulation," what are some ideas of activities that are mentally stimula

    I consider toys like stuffed Kongs, flirt poles and other interactive toys to be mentally stimulating. Games with people like 101 Things To Do With A Box and Hide & Seek are also favorites around here.

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    Re: "Mental stimulation," what are some ideas of activities that are mentally stimula

    Are filled and frozen kongs considered mentally stimulating?

    Are those double balls that dispense treats considered mentally stimulating?
    Yeah, I would consider those mentally stimulating. Training is another obvious example. Anything where they have to figure something out in order to get a reward , really.

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    "Hide and Seek" is a favorite around here. I put the dogs in a down-stay, and then go hide somewhere and call them. When they find me, they get treats. It's a lot of fun when Trumpetjock joins in and they have to find the both of us.

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    Re: "Mental stimulation," what are some ideas of activities that are mentally stimula

    I consider Kongs and similar toys to be the equivalent of elementary school "busy work"....nothing wrong with that...very necessary at times, but to me, a mentally stimulating activity involves interaction with the owner or a new or interesting environment...hide and seek, find it games where they have to find an object or select the right toy, fetch, trick or obedience training, dog sports (doesn't have to be formal), off leash hikes if your dog is reliable off leash, going somewhere like petsmart if your dog is reliable in that setting, playtime with other dogs....
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    Re: "Mental stimulation," what are some ideas of activities that are mentally stimula

    Quote Originally Posted by the mama View Post
    I hear about the need to rpovide mental stimulation. I agree.

    But, I need ideas of what things the dogs can do that are mentally stimulating?

    Are filled and frozen kongs considered mentally stimulating?

    Are those double balls that dispense treats considered mentally stimulating?

    I'd love some ideas, if you have some!

    Thanks.
    Around here those are just pacifiers

    Now that Rosco is getting old enough to actually focus for more than a minute at a time ( ) we've been working on 'big and small' (get the big one, get the small one) and which one is it? (three cups, treat under one). Things like catch and hide and seek are fun for him, too. But I don't think they stimulate him mentally..only wear him out physically.

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    Re: "Mental stimulation," what are some ideas of activities that are mentally stimula

    Hide and seek is also one of our favorites. Champ (1 y/o Boxer) is put in a sit-stay in the family room. I show him which toy I have and then I walk into several rooms, dropping the toy out of sight in one of the rooms. Then I walk around some more and finally back to the family room. I tell him to find it and he does. Soon I'm going to progress to upstairs and downstairs.
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    Re: "Mental stimulation," what are some ideas of activities that are mentally stimula

    we do a lot of hide and seek, chase games, or i will take her out somewhere. that proves to be the most "mentally stimulating" for her. even if its a quick zip up to petsmart, or take her on a new place to walk instead of the usual around the block...
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    Re: "Mental stimulation," what are some ideas of activities that are mentally stimula

    I agree with the comments about interaction. We play:

    = three kong monty (guess which kong the treat is under)
    = who's faster (Poca has to be faster than me running somewhere -- not hard! -- or faster than the ball, and she has to figure out which direction that crazy ball will go - I can see her mind whirring trying to anticipate it -- very fun).
    = dog puzzle -- see this link. I put all kinds of things in there and tell her to get them out. She loves it, esp when I put something really unexpected in there. http://www.nationalpetpharmacy.com/s...5&zmap=2127937

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    Re: "Mental stimulation," what are some ideas of activities that are mentally stimula

    We do a lot of "go find" -- hide a bunch of treats around the room, and then ask the dogs to sniff them out. With two incredibly food-motivated scenthounds, you can't really go wrong with this.

    When Spunky was a pup I would strap a stuffed toy onto a remote control car and whizz it around for her to chase.

    Training is also very mentally stimulating; I'm surprised it hasn't really been mentioned. Clicker training REALLY wears a dog out when you are teaching new commands. Even just revising old commands, especially in different settings.
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    Re: "Mental stimulation," what are some ideas of activities that are mentally stimula

    Quote Originally Posted by rosemaryninja View Post
    When Spunky was a pup I would strap a stuffed toy onto a remote control car and whizz it around for her to chase.
    ROFLMAO!! That visual is just too funny!!

    Actually, I had a GSD once, that would stomp on anything that moved. We had a remote-control car, and if we ran it, she would come flying in to stomp on it. Never picked it up, just slapped that big ol' paw down on it.

    The cats learned to move very slowly, or very quickly around her. One speed would incite her, the other she would ignore.
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    Re: "Mental stimulation," what are some ideas of activities that are mentally stimula

    Quote Originally Posted by rosemaryninja View Post
    We do a lot of "go find" -- hide a bunch of treats around the room, and then ask the dogs to sniff them out. With two incredibly food-motivated scenthounds, you can't really go wrong with this.

    When Spunky was a pup I would strap a stuffed toy onto a remote control car and whizz it around for her to chase.

    Training is also very mentally stimulating; I'm surprised it hasn't really been mentioned. Clicker training REALLY wears a dog out when you are teaching new commands. Even just revising old commands, especially in different settings.
    I remembered you posting about the remote control car a while back so I tried a cheapy self-propelled one with Poca to see if she would chase it. Ha! Not only did she race like a demon to catch it, she tried to put the whole thing in her mouth at once! It was very funny. I would launch the car, let her chase it down and mouth it a bit, then run after her to get it so I could launch it again...if she let me catch her! Was great fun while it lasted. She eventually chewed the whole top of the car off and I had to throw it away. But what fun we had!

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