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Brain Games for Dogs: Fun Ways to Build a Strong Bond with Your Dog and Provide It with Vital Mental Stimulation Paperback – Jul 1 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (July 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554074908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554074907
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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The color photos and step-by-step instructions will make you want to try training your dog again. (Lana Berkowitz Houston Chronicle 2010-09-16)

Filled with ways to challenge a dog's thinking and puzzle-solving abilities and help build a strong bond between canine and owner. (Pet Age 2010-10-01)

Read this is you've got a lot of time and patience, want to keep Bowser's brain stimulated or fantasize about a gig with Superdogs. (Valerie Berenyi Vancouver Sun/Calgary Herald/Canada.com 2010-10-26)

The color photos and step-by-step instructions will make you want to try training your dog again Or you can find new games for an already obedient pup. (Lana Berkowitz, Houston Chronicle Indiana Gazette 2010-10-24)

A very visually appealling book--full of glossy pages with clear instructions and fun, full-color photographs of dogs and humans playing together. (Geeta Nadkarni Montreal Gazette 2010-12-11)

Brain Games for Dogs is full of glossy pages with clear instructions and full-colour photographs of dogs and humans playing together. The more than 75 games include beginner-level ones for rescue dogs and puppies, agility games, party games, indoor and outdoor games as well as ones that teach and reinforce verbal comprehension and problem solving. Some games require certain specialized equipment, but most can be improvised with your dog's existing toys. (Geeta Nadkarni Ottawa Citizen 2010-12-12)

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. This book provides more than just fun ways to challenge a dog's thinking and puzzle-solving ability. Claire Arrowsmith strongly suggests that such challenges help build a strong bond between a dog and its owner. She examines the accepted evidence of the importance of mental stimulation and why it s important to use only reward-based teaching methods. She also explains how to use hand signals and incorporate mental challenges and learning into everyday activities. Icons for each game indicate whether it is interactive solo or group, where it can be played, the level of difficulty, and whether any props or toys are used. Some of these great games are: Puppy Play, Hide and Seek, Egg and Spoon Race, Mini Agility Course. (Pet Business Magazine 2010-10-01)

If you want a smarter, more active canine, pick up a copy of Brain Games for Dogs: Fun Ways to Build a Strong Bond With Your Dog and Provide it With Vital Mental Stimulation by zoologist and applied animal behaviorist Claire Arrowsmith. It offers hours of entertainment for you and your pet. You'll learn a variety of ways to mentally challenge and train your dog. It's hard to say who will enjoy it more--you or your pup. (Today's Diet and Nutrition 2011-05-01)

Contrary to popular belief you can teach an old dog new tricks.... This book offers hundreds of fun ways to do just that, as well as reinforce the bond between dog and owner. Boredom Busters give you peace of mind that Fido will entertain himself when left alone. Full color photographs and detailed instructions guide the training of your dog. (Cabin Life 2012-02-01)

About the Author

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, which offers consultations in 10 regional clinics, including Queen's Veterinary School at Cambridge University, England.

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The book arrived a little late but it looks like it will be a really good book, full of ideas to use with my dog. She is a mini Australian Shepherd and is very, very smart so the ideas in this book will really give her something different to think about and do.
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Mental stimulation is as important as physical activity to a dog's well-being. In BRAIN GAMES FOR DOGS, Arrowsmith reviews basic training skills (positive methods, ground rules, determining what motivates your dog), then explains how to incorporate mental challenges and learning into everyday activities. Icons for each game indicate whether it's interactive, solo or group; where it can be played; level of difficulty; and what props or toys are needed. Games from easy (Tunnel Dashing) to advanced (Skateboarding) are sorted into categories such as Verbal Games, Water Games, Games for Less-Active Dogs, and clearly illustrated with step-by-step photos. This compendium of fun games, tricks and activities to enjoy with your dog will provide a top-quality mental and physical workout.
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This has lots of great ideas for beginners, however I was looking for something a little more advanced with some new ideas.
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This is an excellent book. Very descriptive, and endless hours of fun for you and your dog. My dog especially loved the 'find it' game and it has evolved into a full blown find it through the whole house. SHe loves it!
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I have three large dogs who already do most of the brain games. These were tricks that can be introduced to young dogs. I will pass it along to someone with a new puppy
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I was a disappointed in this book because a lot of the "games" are pretty common sense if you are someone that already tries to stimulate your dog. It would be good for someone who has never given any thought to how to keep a pup's mind active, but not as good for those of us that already have treat dispensing toys, puzzles, and actively work with our dogs.
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Love this book. It has reinforced the wonderful ways for one to communicate with their dog. It keeps her busy and she just loves to please. Still working on the biscuit on the nose.
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This book is well illustrated with photos and info boxes (for what you need), and also has clear explanations of each of the games. My dog and I have fun with the ideas inside.
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