Dogs require mental stimulation as well as physical. So I thought that I would review Brain Training for dogs, an e book that gives you and your dog 21 exercises to do together. Each game or puzzle also comes with a video so you can see what you are supposed to be doing. Always helpful.
If you have read some of my other posts you will know that Ralph and I do a lot of training together but we also play the traditional games of tug of war and fetch a lot. Now these are fun but do not really stretch his mental agility. To have a healthy dog you need to find the right balance of both physical and mental exercise for your dog. All breeds differ in the balance required but all need a bit of both.
Book name: Brain Training for Dogs
Author: Adrienne Farricelli
Format: e book
Rating: 10 out of 10
About the Author
Adrienne Farricelli has a professional background working with dogs at an Animal Hospital and a Dog Shelter. She is a certified Dog Trainer (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA®) and has taught obedience and canine musical freestyle classes in Missouri, USA
What Do You Get?
The e-book does not assume that your dog already has basic training. It starts with some simple obedience training such as Sit and Down and there is a choice of techniques to use. So you don’t need to have any skills to be able to use this book.
However, if you already have this in the bag then you can skip the basics and go straight to school.
Each level or grade comprises three brain games, so you get 21 games in total.
Each game has a step by step guide with picture examples, as well as a video that shows Adrienne and her dog completing the challenge.
If you or your dog is having trouble with any of the tricks, there is a troubleshooting section for each game that advises how to simplify things for you and your dog.
Bonus E-Book – Behaviour Training for Dogs
As a bonus, with this e-book you will also receive Behaviour Training for Dogs, which contains advice for dealing with common dog behavioural problems such as whining, digging, barking and chewing.
The Dog Brain Training Games
The 21 games are divided into levels using a school analogy – for example you start at Pre-School then move up to Elementary, then High School and so on, until you reach Graduation and finally the Einstein level.
At the end of each section there are challenges or exams where your dog can earn a grade from A to F. I love this bit. All dogs can eventually earn an A grade, but you might need a bit of practice.
Each exam is basically a challenge where your dog performs the trick that they have just learned. The grade that they get will depend on factors such as how long it took them to complete the challenge.
The idea is not to be able to get that A grade off the bat but to gradually increase your dog’s mental aptitude and therefore building their confidence.
In Preschool, your dog will learn how to touch a chosen target with their nose and paws and learn how to focus on you by making eye contact.
By the time you have completed the Einstein level, your dog will have learnt how to play the piano and may even be able to help you to tidy the house.
What else will I need?
As with all training you do with your dog you will need treats or their favourite toy as a reward. You may want to get a clicker but this is optional.
Some games require other tools, but you can easily use alternatives that you will most likely have around the house, like Post-it notes or muffin tins. For the piano game, you will require a battery-operated keyboard/piano.
For the low price of $37 you get an awful lot of information and a brilliant way to challenge both yourself and your dog. It is clear that a huge amount of work has gone into these books and they can be used again and again.
It is both a training tool and a fabulous way to have fun with your dog. Completing the challenges is a brilliant way to strengthen the bond between you and your dog, as well as keeping you both sharp. The way the book is written makes it great fun and having the grades makes it extremely rewarding for both of you.
Definitely one I would recommend and use. I will let you know when Ralph has made it to Einstein.