While we all love our dogs, we don’t often give them the credit they deserve for being intelligent beings. Eating and sleeping seem to be the main concerns of our beloved pets, and yet many dog experts argue that dogs show a range of intelligent behaviors. For example, dogs can understand gestures, facial expressions, and even words (how else would they understand a “sit” command?). As such, when choosing toys and treats for your dog, you need to consider the mental and physical health of your dog. Toys can be fun and challenging and can even reduce inappropriate behaviors like chewing, digging, and excessive barking.
Smart dog toys are designed to keep your dog entertained while you are away and usually involve some kind of puzzle or task. Take the Cagey Cube as an example. The developers of this toy feel that the Cagey Cube can help to develop coordination skills and intelligence as your dog tries to get squeaky toys out of the cube. Likewise, some dog toys are great for providing owners and dogs an opportunity to play together. Owners can demonstrate how to play with a particular toy that may deliver a treat or some other reward. These kinds of toys improve bonding and possibly even intelligence.
So, the next time you visit the pet store think carefully about what kind of toys are best for your dog. A chew toy or plush toys provide limited entertainment and virtually no stimulation. On the other hand, there are more and more dog toys available on the market that are designed to make your dog think. Many veterinarians believe that such toys not only improve your dog’s quality of life but can also alleviate stress and anxiety when your dogs are alone.