Fun and Games for a Smarter Dog: 50 Great Brain Games to Engage Your Dog

Fun and Games for a Smarter Dog: 50 Great Brain Games to Engage Your Dog

by Sophie Collins


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Mental exercise provides just as many benefits for dogs as physical exercise does. But once you have basic training—sit, down, come, stay—under your belt, what can you do to build your dog’s brainpower? Take your pup’s repertoire of skills to the next level with an array of games that challenge his body and mind alike. Training your dog in the course of play also allows you and your dog to have fun together while continuing to strengthen that ever-important human–canine bond.

Inside Tricks and Games for Smart Dogs:

•A dog’s perception of play and the science behind the success of play-based training

•Using treats and good timing to encourage desired behaviors

•Step-by-step instructions for fifty brain games that teach new behaviors and increase a dog’s intelligence, including adaptations for different skill levels

•Increasing your dog’s physical abilities and mental acuity as he learns

•Socialization and how it affects your dog’s attitude toward interacting with other dogs

•Introducing your dog to new canine playmates

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621871200
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/26/2016
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 714,672
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sophie Collins is an author and editor who has written a number of bestselling pet titles, including Tricks and Games to Teach Your Dog and Why Does My Dog Do That? She lives in the United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Playing Safe 10

1 Play and Training: Understanding How Dogs Think about Play 14

2 Basic Games: Using Play to Teach 32

3 Bonding Games: Building Your Relationship with Play 68

4 Brain Games: Boosting Your Pet's Thinking Skills with Play 88

5 Fitness Games: Games to Build Your Dog's Fitness and Agility 114

6 Figuring It Out: Games to Stretch Your Dog 144

7 Getting Along: Dog-to-Dog Play 158

Epilogue: Playing for Life 170

Gallery 172

Further Reading 174

Index 175

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