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Trick Video Reveals Happy Dog
Mental exercise improves quality of life

I love this video of a dog going performing a series of tricks and tasks. (It helps that this dog is so cute it hurts!)

The first thing I notice when I look at this video is an adorable dog performing tricks. But I also see the benefits of a dog who has had ample mental exercise. This dog looks incredibly happy as she goes through her repertoire.

Everybody knows that dogs need physical exercise but the fact that mental exercise improves dogs’ quality of life is sometimes overlooked. The joy that is so evident in the dog in this video makes her the poster child for the importance of providing dogs with lots of activities. It’s so wise to supply dogs with ample stimulation so that they are not bored, and many of us have lifestyles that make that a significant challenge. Training dogs to perform tricks is one way to accomplish this, and there are many advantages.

1. Dogs can be trained at home so there is no need to drive anywhere.

2. Tricks can be taught and practiced by working a few minutes here and a few minutes there each day, so it is easier to work into daily life than many other activities.

3. Training dogs to do tricks is often a light-hearted activity. That makes it easy to be happy and have fun while doing so, which is good for the relationship between people and dogs.

4. Dogs often receive a great deal of positive attention when practicing or performing their tricks, which makes them feel good.

5. You can post videos of your dog doing tricks on YouTube and spread the happiness around.

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Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by Julie | June 10 2011 |

What an amazing dog!! That was one of the best videos I have seen all year, I was smiling the whole time!! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to post a link on http://www.petdiggity.com!

Submitted by eve9tmp | June 11 2011 |

aawww that was excellent and she is gorgeous!! :))

Submitted by Eugenia Vogel | June 29 2011 |

Wonderful!! Such a gorgeous dog. I'll send my training clients to this video when they're looking for more tricks to add to their dog's repertoire. Thank you for the post.

Submitted by Anonymous | July 14 2011 |

It is wonderful to see a god that has such loving attention. Keep up the good work

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