Brain Games for Dogs to Defeat Winter Zoomies
Bentley is a hyperactive nutball. He’s also a sensitive little diva. Getting his feet wet bothers him more than it does the cats. So in the winter, all his zoomies happen inside the house. But there isn’t exactly room for that sort of thing in my living room! So I’ve had the challenge of figuring out how to get Bentley’s energy out without tearing up the house. The answer not only calms him down, but makes him smarter too: brain games for dogs.
Dogs put a lot of energy into thinking and solving problems. Training or working on brain games can be just as effective at wearing them out as taking a run around the block. It might take a little longer, but a brain game will keep him occupied for a while.
I purchased this dog puzzle several months ago, but only recently got it out for Bentley. The design is simple: there are ten holes and six covers. You load the game with treats under some or all of the covers. Then your dog tries to find them and get them out. Physically, this requires use of his nose, paws, and mouth. Mentally, he has to sniff around and figure out which hole the treat is in, then use his dexterity with either his paws or mouth to move the lid aside and get the treat.
Bentley already uses his paws like hands a lot, so he often just slides the lids aside with his feet. He does a lot of sniffing, especially after clearing some of the holes, to figure out where the remaining treats are hidden.
After seeing how successful brain games for dogs are at keeping Bentley occupied, I plan on getting or making more for him. Pinterest is full DIY of ideas, and I created a board with some of my favorites.
If you want to try this game for your dog, you can get it pretty inexpensively off Amazon! And if you use the link below, I get a little commission.
The same company makes this puzzle, which I think will be our next purchase. It’s a bit more complicated, but Bentley is pretty good at the bone now.
Does your dog enjoy brain games? What is his favorite?