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We all know how important it is to provide your dog with regular physical exercise, but it is also super important to give them mental exercise too.

In this blog we find out why it is so important to keep your dogs mind well exercised, and the ways in which you can do this.

A lack of regular mental stimulation for your dog can result in behavioural problems, such as excessive barking, chewing, digging and general misbehaviour.

There are many ways in which you can mentally stimulate your dog in and around the home. Simple games such as fetch and hide and seek involve both physical and mental activity.

Alternatively, there is a wide range of products on the market aimed at mental exercise for your dog.

You may have heard of ‘KONG’. The toy is made from a pet-safe, ‘built-to-chew’ rubber that is super durable. The KONG can be stuffed with treats to encourage your dog to figure out how to get to the treat.

During our visit to Crufts, we also came across Nina Ottosson, who specialises in interactive puzzle toys for dogs.

We reached out to the Nina Ottosson team to find out more, who kindly sent us two of their puzzles. One for use as a prize in our latest competition #OhHeySpring, and another to keep our Office dogs entertained during long days in the office.

The first to try out the fabulous ‘Dog Brick’ puzzle, was Our newest addition to the office dog clan, Rudi. 5-month-old Maltese cross Lhasa Apso, Rudi spent over 20 minutes playing with the puzzle, despite finding all hidden treats within the first 7 minutes.

Next to test his puzzle skills, was office dog Milo. Chug (Chihuahua cross Pug) was a puzzle superstar, managing to locate 6 hidden treats in under 5 minutes.

Office dog Izzy also gave the puzzle a try, however she was more interested in stealing the pieces of the puzzle to encourage us to chase her.

We will continue to utilise the puzzle in the office to combat office dog boredom.

If you have any games you regularly play to stimulate your dogs mind, please do share them with us via social media, or email us at Hello@Buddies.co.uk.


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