How to diversify the mental life of a dog with the help of intellectual games? Videos with examples of educational toys of various levels of complexity.
Classic ball or wand games, as well as sports, are focused on physical development and do not take into account the need for brain development at all. In addition, physical games can cause a dog to stress. With the help of intellectual games, the dog, on the contrary, learns to concentrate attention, to solve problems with the help of nose, teeth and paws. The search for treats and activities in a relaxed home environment allows you to calm down and get the mental burden that our pets often lack.
Below are the videos in which dogs of different breeds and ages play educational games of various levels of difficulty. Some dogs easily cope with games of even higher complexity, others are just starting to master the first level. But regardless of the experience of the dog, the intellectual game can become a mixture of pleasure and joy for both the dog and the owner. We learned this from our own experience by offering some kinds of games to our dog Doucet.
The experience of our dog Dusi
General attitude to learning
When we put the game in front of the dog, she began to get very excited. We know that the previous owners brought her up with harsh methods and any of our attempts to teach the dog something or show that we want this or that action from her brings her into a state of stress. At the sight of the game, Dusya lay down and began to breathe heavily. We moved away from her so that she did not feel squeezed and calmed down. Reassured, she began uncertainly sniffing at the details of the game. Having earned the first delicacy, she began to look more confidently for the following. Repeating the game many times, the dog began to calmly relate to this work, and eventually even began to rejoice in it. Subsequent games no longer caused her stress and were perceived as another interesting task.
Repeating the game many times, we noticed that after the second or third horse the dog gets tired (lies down and starts breathing heavily), loses motivation. At first we paused for a few hours and then returned to the game again. Gradually, the dog learned to work longer. However, in each case, we try not to overload the dog, so as not to cause her discomfort.
Giving the same game with different delicacies, we realized which delicacy motivates our dog the most. If the game seems easy to the dog, it will play even for cheap “human” cookies or purchased dog biscuits. When a dog’s motivation falls due to fatigue or if the game seems to be difficult for her, she only plays with cheese or sausage pieces. Through the game you can learn more about the tastes of your dog. To do this, just try to fill the game with different varieties of sausages, cheeses and other delicacies.
Playing with a hungry dog
Once we gave a game before breakfast, when the dog was hungry. The results are very different from the usual. If a well-fed dog calmly but with interest sniffed the game and gradually began to move the details, then experiencing hunger, Dusya began to worry a lot, randomly beating paws on the details and making some unorganized movements. Unfortunately, many dog owners are convinced that hunger motivates the dog to learn and therefore do not feed it before training. In fact, a hungry dog, like a hungry person, first of all tries to satisfy the feeling of hunger and cannot concentrate on training.
Intellectual Toy For Dogs Overview
How to diversify the mental life of a dog with the help of intellectual games? Videos with examples of educational toys of various levels of complexity…….
In relation to the dog to treats during these sessions, you can see how well it feeds as a whole, as well as the level of stress. A dog in good condition plays with concentration and calm.
Another interesting observation: the dog plays differently each time. It is interesting to observe how from time to time the dog learns to organize the space so that the parts already taken out do not interfere with the work with the following. In addition, improved methods for extracting parts (paw, nose, teeth).
The need for simple games
Before you start playing more complex games, the dog should get acquainted with simple ones. This is the first step in learning. Simple games should create positive emotions in relation to this game. Later, if you do not apply punishment, hunger and do not overdo the dog, these emotions will spread to other similar games and to the process of solving various problems in general.
When a dog tries to solve more complex tasks and experiences difficulties, switching to a simpler game can encourage it, give confidence in its abilities, and also create pleasant associations with the training process.
Footage: educational games for dogs
Doggy Brain Train 2 in 1
With this game, our dog copes quite easily. After a few minutes, she begins to understand what needs to be done to get a treat. Other dog owners observe the same effect. At the same time, some of them think that the game has already been mastered, and the dog can learn something else. But this is not quite so: the game allows you to identify many features of the dog’s perception, training and motivation.
Doggy Brain Train Quadro
This is a pretty simple game. We played it at the same time as the previous game Doggy Brain Train 2 in 1. But despite its simplicity, this is one of the best games for all dogs that are just starting to get acquainted with intellectual games. Even after gaining experience with this game, the Doggy Brain Train Quadro can be used to diversify a dog’s life or switch to a familiar game when it’s difficult to play more difficult levels.
Dog Activity Poker Box
At the beginning, Dusi didn’t get anything out – except that she rather quickly learned to lift the jutting out of the drawer with her nose and pull a fragrant piece of sausage out of it. After that, she went to bed near the game and began to breathe heavily. For a long time we could not understand what was the matter, because she already had a decent experience of playing educational games. Once we decided to put in the boxes the most favorite delicacy of our dog – pieces of beef liver. Dusya calmly approached the game and without any preparation opened everything the boxes! It seems she is smarter than us: we wanted to make an elementary school student out of her, and she is already a “professor” who doesn’t want to waste time and energy on solving a simple “for nothing” task … only if it is really necessary and “well paid”.
Now Poker stands next to the bowls at the feeding place. In the boxes is a treat. When Dusya needs it, she opens the drawer she needs and takes out the food. This is something like a dog buffet, in which she can independently get treats for afternoon tea.
Doggy brain train safe
This game required a lot of effort from the dog. She could see the delicacy well through the holes in the lids and at first tried to get it directly by sticking tongue into the holes. But it is impossible to get a big piece through a hole. After lengthy manipulations and visible torment, the dog realized that the lid could be lifted with his teeth.
The second problem was that the dog could not guess for a long time that it was just as easy to solve the same problem on the symmetrical side of the stand – if you only get around it from the other side. Instead, she tried for a long time to scrape the covers from the closed side from the same position. This, in fact, is the essence of the complexity of games: that which seems elementary to us is often perceived by dogs as a problem. Solving this problem, they develop significantly, which can be seen in everyday life or while playing with other types of intellectual games for dogs.
Doggy Brain Train Cube
Doggy Brain Train Discus
Seeing the color cap and having experience playing Doggy Brain Train Quadro, the dog immediately realized that there was a treat under the cap. Therefore, she did not need to explain where to look for the first delicacy. But then the difficulties began: the stand clearly smelled of other delicacies, and where they themselves and how to pull them out, at first it was not clear … Soon the disc shifted a little to the side, opening the next hole with the delicacy. The dog began to push the circle and found the next gift, then another, and another. When she pulled the treat out of the semi-circle nearest to her, the work got up. It was difficult for the dog to understand what to do next, and she began to bite the disc, carry it with its paws and sniff the gap between the discs. The effect of the "second side", which we observed in the Doggy Brain Train Safe, appeared here as well. Now we are working on the transition "to the other side." It is interesting to observe how the dog learns not to put paws on the disc – so as not to interfere with the movement of the disc.