Animal Einsteins: 7 Brain Games to Challenge and Entertain Your Pet

Photo by: Carleen Coulter
Treat Balls
Treat balls, such as the Tricky Treat Ball, are one of my dogs' favorite brain games. Treat balls are hollow, allowing them to be filled with kibble, and have an... more 
Photo by: Carleen Coulter
Treat Balls
Treat balls, such as the Tricky Treat Ball, are one of my dogs' favorite brain games. Treat balls are hollow, allowing them to be filled with kibble, and have an opening that allows the food to fall out when the ball is rolled. You can make your dog work for his or her dinner with a treat ball in a way that he or she will love.
Difficulty = Easy
Price = Affordable
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Wed, Sep 4, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
It is important for your pet to keep active both physically and mentally. Brain games and puzzles challenge your pet in new ways, helping to entertain them and to calm them. Mental activity can effectively release built up energy in a positive manner. My corgis love their puzzles and games, and nothing seems to do better at relaxing them than a few rounds of thinking games. There are a number of brain games and puzzle toys on the market. Many are marketed to dogs, but in reality cats like a lot of these games as well. Prices range from nearly free DIY options (two of these are included in the slideshow) to rather pricey Nina Ottosson wood puzzles. In between are many quite affordable options. Below are 10 brain games that I personally use with my dogs. Each is demonstrated by my own corgis, Ty and Eve. Each also includes a difficulty rating of easy, medium, or hard, along with a price rating of affordable, upper end, and expensive.v- By Carleen Coulter



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