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What are your Favorite Mentally Stimulating activities?

We all know that mental stimulation is extremely important - especially for tiring our puppies (and older) dogs out. Obviously you have things like teaching your puppy new tricks, but what other things do you all enjoy doing to work your dogs brain??

Some things Rollo and I do:
-Play the "Find It!" game! (I usually take half of one of Rollo's meals and hide it around the house while he watches from his ex-pen - then he searches the house for his food!) He loves this one!
-KONG food dispensing "Gyro" toy! (Normally put 1 cup of Rollo's food into this toy and let him play/work with it to get it out)
-Home Depot Field Trips! (Rollo can't stop wagging his tail whenver we go here & good for me cause I LOVE HOME DEPOT)
-Off leash exploring New Territories! (Mainly a new trail or hiking area!)

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Hi Rollo you handsome ^^ all great suggestions.
- all dobes should learn off-leash early
- plus perimeter lot training, to stay away from the Hwy traffic
- and also come to a sharp 2-finger whistle / backup call, in the woods

Kelly likes to play keep away and tease her dad, with a stick outside.
- sometimes I kick a Jolly-Ball, along the grass
I also teach our dogs, to debark a stick.
- and train them to spit out the debris / avoids stuffy squeakers, from being swallowed
- now if toy debris comes out, she just leaves it alone / now our girl, doesn't even ruin her toys

With former Amy, she knew 40 toys by name / so send her to the toy box, to "fetch" the right one.
- she got good at item recognition
- even tennis balls named like "orange ball" or "yellow ball"...and dogs suppose to be color blind
- stuffy names ended in the word "baby" / like get your "moose baby", she was always happy to play
- this ended with picking up many toys, on the hardwood living room floor
Plus, "go find mom" always works to...

When son lived home (15-20 years ago) - he could hide in backyard, and I'd sent former Amy to find her boy.
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@Beaumont67 The Debarking a Stick..that's incredible! Lots of good info in your post but that one is gnarly!
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Lately we have been sitting in the back yard watching birds...even just a half an hour gets Radar ready for a nap...He's not sure what to make of them. He knows for sure that he doesn't like geese though...whenever they fly overhead and honk he comes running to momma!

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@Beaumont67 The Debarking a Stick..that's incredible! Lots of good info in your post but that one is gnarly!
Gnarly Like / thks dude.

Since you appreciated the stick debark play time, I will expand on the best part of this educational exercise.
- teaching the pup, to spit out foreign matter
- start with a green branch / not dried out
- praise and bait dog, into biting stick
- once the little front teeth, start to pull the bark fiber...continue hyping up the fun
- as soon as bark is in pups mouth / don't want it be be swallowed
- so Beau takes his finger tips, and sweeps pup mouth clean...with a crusty "ICK" sound
- now go back to fun praising & start to watch if pup will automatically clear its mouth out / if dad commands "ICK"
- and continue the fun, and watch closely to repeat the SPIT command, exactly timed

Now the pup knows how to have Fun while it Learned to Spit out...the bad stuff.
- so playing stick has rules / just like toy stuffies have rules, inside the house
- while a young pup may chew the arm off a dragon, the cotton fiber and plastic squeaker, all need spit out
- young Kelly would ignore, this bad stuff...spitting it out on the floor, or on her sofa blanket
- and expensive obstruction surgery avoided
- our last 2 pups, were safe home-alone in a crate-less home (unsupervised) @ 4.5 months young
- we have never puppy proofed our home / first few months, is 24/7 adult supervision & learning here / our expectations, for the pups well-being & longevity
- 2012 Kelly even has a large number of hand me down toys, from former Amy days

^^ Toy play, always come with house rules attached / instilling manners and Safety.
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