Mentally exercising your dog
It’s important for your dog to get plenty of exercise, but what types of exercise are best? Our 27 year old dog training program has an answer: Exercise is about quality, not quantity; repetitious obedience games exercise your dog’s body and mind.
A dog who isn’t getting sufficient mental exercise will struggle to focus. You’ll notice that when you play with them they go off to sniff some foreign object or aren’t focused on you when need them to be. A great way to combat this loss of focus is to make focus part of the games you play. For instance you could require that your dog “sit” and perform the “down” command before you throw their ball for them again. The act of the dog sitting may be physical, but when they listen, process and perform the task they’re working out their brain.
When play involves the dog’s mind and not just their body they expel more energy, which is always good for a dog. A happy dog is a tired dog. In terms of obedience, focus is the key. You need your dog to look to you for the answer to “what do I do now?” If they can’t focus they are going to have a hard time obeying commands and functioning in a cohesive manner with you.
A great example of an activity you can do with your dog while combining obedience games happens at Thank Dog Boot Camp in Nashville, Tennessee. They combine a rigorous workout routine for the owners with obedience commands for the dogs while they’re running and working alongside their owners, check it out!
Speedway Dog Training offers in-home training throughout the Charlotte area and we can help you to develop and implement a quality exercise routine for your dog. The issue of a dog’s lack of focus is a common one and our trainers use a 27 year old, proven program to address it. If you want to get your dog as fit as they can be, both physically and mentally, we can help! We have an office staff that can explain our services to you over the phone 704.741.2880 or you are welcome to send us an email using our contact form.