Kingsbrook Animal Hospital's Blog: Brain Games

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Brain Games

As pets age, their mental abilities may dull and behavior may change. To keep mental reflexes sharp, constantly provide your older pet with new experiences. Add a food puzzle, teach a new trick, take a trip to a different dog park or enroll in therapy pet classes. Rotate toys by packing old ones out of sight and offering a "new" one every two to three days. Too often we humans fall into habits that cease to stimulate our brains. Even a simple change such as reversing your normal walking route can provide freshness to an otherwise stale routine. As often as possible, ask yourself, "How can I make this more fun or interesting?"

Fetch Spring/Summer 2010