Praise for Brain Games for Dogs, by the same author:
"Ideal for the growing number of dog owners who know that mental activity is as important as exercise when it comes to their dog's health and happiness." -- Pet Business Magazine
Brain Games for Puppies is about more than just fun ways to play with a puppy. Animal behaviorist Claire Arrowsmith explains how mental challenges help to build a strong bond between a dog and its owner and prevent future behavioral problems. Playing games that use reward-based teaching methods provides motivation and establishes trust.
The book opens with a review of equipment and the essential obedience commands -- Puppy Sit, Puppy Down and Puppy Come -- as well as information on dog senses, using treats, addressing problems and responding to mistakes, safety, and much more. It covers equipment and using a clicker and addresses such issues as When Can A Puppy Begin To Play?, How To Encourage Play Behavior, Problems During Brain Games, and Play No-No's!
While some games provide more exercise than others, all of the games are brain games in that they challenge the puppy's ability to anticipate, solve problems and learn that by obeying commands it can continue to interact, play and have fun.
The brain games are organized by location and type:
The games come with step-by-step instructions, difficulty ratings and notes on props or toys. Straightforward text and full-color photographs make Brain Games for Puppies a valuable guide to raising a happy, healthy and obedient dog. Along with a leash, food, bowls and a bed, it should be the first purchase a new dog owner makes.
Claire Arrowsmith is a zoologist and applied animal behaviorist. She has conducted research in dog aggression, animal rescue, behavioral consultations and the training of hearing dogs for the deaf. She is the principal practitioner for the Pet Behavior Centre. Her books include Brain Games for Dogs.
Introduction: Three Cheers for Puppies!
Dogs are very popular household companions -- it is estimated that over half of all households in the U.S. own dogs. This accounts for more than 90 million dogs in these parts of the world alone. Although all these puppies sprang from different backgrounds and many have different roles to play, I am sure that most owners hope that the puppies that we bring into our lives will remain our lifelong companions. Often they become as attached to us as human family members.
Dogs have not become this involved in our lives by accident. Historically there were significant advantages in living and working together for mutual benefit. Over thousands of years dogs have evolved to become superbly suited to our many different lifestyles and it would be hard to visualize a world without them. Aside from the working aspect of dogs, we must also recognize that living with a dog brings emotional and physical benefits to humans too. Dog ownership encourages adults and children to be more active, and it has been linked with lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Dog ownership can reduce the severity of anxiety disorders and has been shown to increase positive social contact for humans with various forms of physical or sensory impairment. Over recent years, exciting research has shown that dogs can detect by smell and alert us to very early signs of cancer and other conditions including diabetes and seizures. Dogs too have benefited from increasingly improved health care and diet, and owners will go to incredible lengths to ensure their pet has the best of everything with a dizzying array of products available for all income levels.
It pays to maximize your relationship with your puppy in order to improve its health, reduce training and socialization issues and to keep the puppy as happy and stimulated as possible. By doing this, behavioral problems should be reduced and, if they do crop up, the puppy/owner bond should be strong enough to remain positive through a behavior modification program. I firmly believe that having fun with your puppy and playing Brain Games is part of a healthy owner-dog relationship. I hope that after reading this book, you will agree with me.
Part 1: Introduction Three cheers for puppies!
Chapter One The Benefits of Puppy Play
Chapter Two Planning Your Puppy's Brain Games
Chapter Three Equipment and Basic Lessons
Part 2: Bring on the Brain Games
Chapter Four Brain Games for the Home
Chapter Five Active Games
Chapter Six Search Games
Chapter Seven Party Games
Chapter Eight Brain Games For The Yard