Idle Hands: The Importance of Mental Stimulation for your Pet
We’ve all heard the saying: Idle hands are the devil’s workshop. This not only applies to humans, but to our pets as well. It is estimated that most dogs need at least 6 hours of mental activity a day. Boredom can result in all sorts of behavioral problems, including destructive and obsessive behaviors.
Exercise is a great outlet, however many pets benefit from mental stimulation as well. Mental exercise is not hard to accomplish- try hiding treats around the house, playing hide-and-go-seek, teaching a new trick, or making a play date with another pet. For dogs, try doggie daycare to keep them occupied while you’re away. You may just see a change in your pet’s behavior for the better. And you will have a happy dog or kitty to boot!
If you have any questions or would like to discuss some suggestions for your pet, contact us!
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