Active actions of dogs from time immemorial were associated, like any predator, with the search and prey for food. Thanks to the hunt, the dog developed not only physically, but also improved his mental abilities.
The modern life of most domestic dogs is too closed and inactive. The only entertainment is a walk with the owner, which in most cases does not provide full physical activity and does not contribute to the development of ingenuity.
Dogs most of the time are at home, where in the absence of the owner they simply have nothing to do. Such a forced imprisonment negatively affects not only the health of the pet, but also its mental and mental development. Deprived of reason and means to develop, domestic dogs turn into weak, apathetic animals, whose interest in life is almost completely absent.
In 1993, Nina Ottoson, a dog lover from Sweden, proposed the first intellectual toys she had invented to her dogs. With their help, she developed their mobility and ingenuity.
There are more complex toys, when the dog must open the desired cell in the box and insert a bar into the opening
Intellectual Toys For Dogs
Active actions of dogs from time immemorial were associated, like any predator, with the search and prey for food. Thanks to the hunt, the dog developed……
The idea of such toys was suggested to her by children’s educational games. She decided that such toys would bring undoubted benefits to dogs. The effectiveness of the invention has been appreciated by many owners.
In 1993, Nina founded her own company, “Zooactive Products”. The popularity of toys that activate thinking processes in dogs, forcing them to play with enthusiasm for hours, soon spread beyond Sweden. Thanks to this innovative idea, dogs have received full and useful entertainment in the absence of the owner or when he has no time to practice with the dog.
The apparent simplicity of intellectual toys actually activates and develops the dog’s interest, attention, diligence and intelligence. These toys make the dog move and increase the time of its activity several times.
Instead of sleeping on the couch or spoiling furniture, dogs are happy to engage in such toys, while receiving not only the pleasure of this activity, but also a treat for properly performed actions.
The most common – "brick" and "ball." The principle of "work" of these toys is very simple. A “brick” consists of a plate with holes, which are pushed upward by a “brick”. A delicacy is laid in the hole and closed, and the dog, moving the "bricks", tries to find it.
Approximately the same principle and the "ball". Food is poured into it, and the dog, rolling the ball, receives small portions of treat, falling out of one of the two holes.
There are more complicated toys, when the dog has to open the necessary cell in the box and insert a bar into the opened hole – only then a delicacy rolls out of the hole.
It is also interesting that after such exercises the dog gets tired faster, since during mental exercises two times more energy is spent than during exercise.
Due to the fact that the assortment of intellectual toys is now very diverse, owners can always choose their dog what it shows more interest.
The combination of physical activity and mental activity individually for each breed. Therefore, for each dog, the owner can come up with a whole set of exercises and games that help her full and harmonious development.