The 2017 Brain Workout Issue (Video & Infographic)
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The 2017 Brain Workout Issue 


Did You Know:  Daylight Saving is March 12
Just for fun (VIDEO): Dog mental stimulation ideas from our video archives
Tip of the Month:  Dogs need mental stimulation too - not only physical exercise!

Additional Articles:  Restricted activity after a spay, neuter or other surgery | What does it mean to give your dog “a job”?
Infographic: Brain workouts for your dog
Calendar and Group Class Schedules: Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton & Castle Rock/Sedalia | Upcoming events at The Light of Dog Farm.

 

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Did you know?

Daylight Saving is March 12. The schedule for Daylight Saving has changed over the years. The current schedule was introduced in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended the period by about one month from the prior schedule. Today, Daylight Saving 2017 starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. 

Just for fun: Dog mental stimulation ideas from our video archives

Here is video of Sue and Romeo from 2012 demonstrating on stage some of the tricks and activities she has taught Romeo that give him both physical and mental exercise..

Dogs need mental stimulation too - not only physical exercise!

A tired dog is a good dog. You've most likely heard that before, but that's not entirely true. What matters is not just the amount of exercise your dog is getting or the amount of energy you are burning. What really matters most is finding the ideal combination of ways to burn energy for your particular dog.

Most people think of burning energy as physical exercise. Walks. Playing fetch. Playing at the dog park or at day care. Going for a hike. While it is important to get plenty of physical exercise, keep in mind that the more you burn, the more stamina you build! Some people simply end up building a super-athlete who needs more and more exercise to wear them out.

Dogs really need a combination of physical activity and mental stimulation - ways to use their brains. Some dogs don't get enough of either. Some dogs get one but not the other. Each dog's needs will vary. The smarter your dog, the more mental stimulation they will need. The more physically energetic your dog is, the more physical activity they will need. The most challenging dogs are high energy and smart!

So what does mental stimulation mean? Here are some examples of ways to burn mental energy:

 

  • Training for "obedience" cues or manners. These are the "traditional" cues we think of like sit, down, stay, come, heel, etc.
  • Training for "tricks" such as shake, spin, roll over, and others.
  • Training using luring, capturing, shaping, targeting, social learning or any combination of these to teach the above-listed items or others.
  • Nosework. Utilizing the nose also helps burn energy. The sport of K9 Nosework, Tracking or other activities that get a dog using the nose apply in this category.
  • Dog sports typically involve physical activity but can also provide a great mix of mental stimulation too. Think of things like agility or freestyle.
  • Games and puzzles. Interactive food puzzle toys are one example. Playing find it or hide-and-seek games (finding treats, toys or people depending on what the dog likes).

Additional Articles

Restricted activity after a spay, neuter or other surgery
What does it mean to give your dog “a job”?
Like The Light Of Dog Newsletter: The 2017 Brain Workout Issue (Video & Infographic) on Facebook

The above infographic and others we create can be found here.


Like The Light Of Dog Newsletter: The 2017 Brain Workout Issue (Video & Infographic) on Facebook

Calendar

Upcoming Classes in Southwest Littleton Area
  • Puppy Preschool:  open enrollment on Sundays and Wednesdays 
  • Puppy Recess:  most Sundays noon to 1 pm
  • Basic Training:  new classes start Sunday 3/5 & Wednesday 4/12
  • Juvenile Delinquents:  new classes start Sunday 3/5 & Thursday 3/9
  • Rally for Fun:  new class starts Sunday 3/5
  • Fun & Games Class:  none scheduled at this time
  • Polite Pooches in Public: new class will start in late spring/summer
  • Canine Good Citizen Class & Test: new class will start this summer
  • Therapy Dog Class NEW! next class will start late spring or summer - contact us if you are interested!
Upcoming Classes in Castle Rock/Sedalia
  • Basic Training: new class will start as soon as we have enough participants 
  • Dog Parkour: new class starts Saturday March 11 (class is full!)
Upcoming Events at The Light of Dog Farm
  • Saturday, May 20, 9-11 am. Nature walk open to all current and past customers.
  • Saturday July 22, 5:30-7:30 pm. Nature walk open to all current and past customers.
  • Saturday, September 26, 9-11 am. Nature walk is invite only for our VIP customers. Invitations will be sent this summer.
To register for our farm events, please click here.
 

Click here for our complete group class & events schedule with available spaces

 
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Sue Brown, behavior consultant, dog trainer and writer extraordinaire and Ed Soehnel, dog products and marketing.
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