Last Friday was National Dog Day. While I am a little late in posting about it, it’s too good of a cause not to mention. In the words of the day’s official website, National Dog Day helps “galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.”
As temperatures rise, more and more canines are cooling it indoors to avoid the dangers if overheating. That’s wise, but what if you have an energetic dog that likes to work? If you’re not careful, he may just find a new occupation tearing up your house.
That’s where mental stimulation comes in. When your dog works her brain, she is using up energy much like physical exercise. In fact, very smart dogs might need to work their minds just as much as they need to move their bodies.
Here are five simple ways to add mental exercise into your dog’s routine this summer:
Marketing researchers pay big dollars to attempt to understand what drives consumers’ behaviors, but the truth is our reasons for buying are often a mystery even to ourselves. Case in point: I bought nail polish to match my dog. No, it wasn’t intentional, just a happy accident that shows our minds work in mysterious ways.
I was having a crummy day recently, and when I stopped at Walgreens to pick up a few essentials, I decided to treat myself to a little bottle of nail polish as a cheap pick-me-up. As soon as I saw Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Pro “Steel Grey” on the shelf, it was love at first sight. It’s an unusual shade for nails–somewhere between warm grey and taupe–but I was inexplicably drawn to it. It took me a few days to figure out why. I was admiring my newly pedicured feet, propped up on the sofa next to my dog, and I suddenly realized the new nail color was an exactly perfect shade of weimaraner grey!
I’m not sure I’m ready to admit in public that I’m now matching my fashion to my dog, but I have to admit the connection made the color seem all the more charming to me. Color me amused, I guess!