Tripawd dogs need more mental exercise than physical exercise in order to preserve those joints. Mental exercise is anything from a game of hide and seek to canine nosework to interactive pet puzzles. Earlier this year Tripawds member Tails a Waggin’ gang (aka Tina Hopper) introduced us to Trick Dog Training and we’ve been having a blast ever since.
Here’s why you need to add it to your Tripawd dog’s exercise routine.
The Benefits of Tripawd Dog Trick Training
Teena raves about dog trick training for her Tripawd Roxy and quadpawd Miss Charlee:
…to be honest I don’t even remember how I came across it, but I am so thrilled that I did!!! Over the past several months I have developed some health issues that is restricting my activity, which in turn restricts what I am able to do with my dogs, so I started do more brain games with them and it has been my saving grace…and theirs!!!
As she suggested, we bought a copy of 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog and got inspired to try Tripawd dog trick training with Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray.
Written by acclaimed dog trick trainer Kyra Sundance, this dog trick training book explains numerous tricks dogs can learn. Tricks range from simple ones like
- Sit, Shake Hands
- Fetch and Roll Over
- Tidy Up Your Toys into the Toybox
- to Get a
BeerSoda from the Fridge.
Trick training helps us bond with ours dog and keep their minds busy and active. Studies show that the more mentally engaged a dog is, the less chance of doggie Alzheimer’s happening to the pooch. Tricks keep dogs mentally and physically challenged and help to establish paths of communication between you. Many tricks build skills used in dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work.
About the only drawback is that a few tricks are just too difficult for three-legged dogs to do. Well, at least that’s the experience we had with Wyatt, a rear-legged amputee. But the book is still a great tool to have in your bag of Tripawd dog activities.
Check out how our Tripawd dog trick training has been going with Wyatt. We taught him the “Bang!” game:
Stay tuned for more great dog tricks from Wyatt. And if your Tripawd has any to share, we’d love to see them! Comment below and tell us more.