6 reasons why mental stimulation is important for pets

By Valdette Muller| December 31, 2014 | Blog

Dog treat Maze LexusMental stimulation is not entirely a new concept. It was introduced many years ago but has not been entirely embraced by pet owners. Mainly because pet owners do not know the best way to go about it. It is a very important part of your pet’s life and should be incorporated into daily activities as early as possible. One can easily confuse mental stimulation with physical stimulation, we’ve highlighted the differences before and gave you few tips on how to best stimulate your pooch’s mind. The two are quite different, and often the confusion is related to the activities that are incorporated in physical exercises.

Reasons why mental stimulation is important for your dog (and cat)

  1. Pets that are not adequately mentally stimulated show signs of dissatisfaction and unhappiness.
  2. Mental stimulation is great for avoiding boredom in pets as those that are mentally stimulated are usually calm and happy.
  3. Nina Ottoson on her website says that pets that are not entirely provided with mental stimulation activities often channel their energy to unwanted behaviours such as chewing.  Learn more about Nina Ottoson’s mental stimulation toys on Shinga’s online store.
  4. Physical exercises are good for dogs; however, these exercises should be in sync with mental stimulation activities. Interactive toys are a great way to introduce the two.
  5. When either the body or mind is neglected it will lead to destructive, restless, hyperactive and attention seeking behaviour.
  6. According to experts dogs have a mental age liked to that of children between the ages of 3-5. In essence this should encourage pet owners to introduce mental stimulation activities daily that are effective and age appropriate.

6 mental stimulation toys you should get TODAY!

  1. Green Interactive Feeder
  2. Dog Tornado
  3. Buster Soft Cube
  4. Dog Brick
  5. Dog Treat Maze
  6. EcoPet Treat Mat

Toys that encourage mental stimulation are good for you and your pet. See our EcoPet toy range and much more, you will be amazed at how much you can save at Shinga.


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