Keeping Your Dog Mentally Fit

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shutterstock_142869985Most dog owners understand how important it is for their dog to receive regular physical exercise, but for many dog breeds, regular mental exercise and stimulation is just as important. Especially for working breeds and highly intelligent dogs, a good mental workout is essential to the dog’s overall happiness and well being. In fact, a lack of mental stimulation is actually one of the main causes of behavior problems in dogs, so if you have a pup that is destructive or acting out, making sure that he or she is mentally active could be a great way to control some undesirable behaviors.

There are a number of different things you can do to make sure your dog is getting the proper mental exercise. One popular option for athletic and working breeds is agility training. Agility training gives you the opportunity to work with your dog and teach him or her to complete a number of different agility tasks, such as climbing up and over an A-frame structure, running through tubes and tunnels, and other physical challenges that will also provide great mental stimulation. Another option for owners looking to exercise their dogs’ minds is obedience training. Obedience training is a great way for owners to bond with their dogs, and in addition to providing great mental stimulation, it can also help establish important boundaries and commands that will benefit you and your dog in a variety of situations.

At Walk! ATX, we are happy to offer obedience training so that your pup can get the mental stimulation he or she needs. We can provide you with all the skills you and your dog need to be successful, so contact us today at (512) 655-9557 and find out more about the obedience training services we offer!