How to Make Your Dog Smarter with 21 Fun and Easy Games…including A Complete Demonstration

You can make your dog smarter by just by playing fun games with him. CPDT-KA certified dog trainer, Adrienne Farricelli  actually has 21 games in her Brain Training for Dogs Program you can use to achieve this goal.

It's important to give your dog lots of mental stimulation. Mental enrichment is good for the mood and intelligence of your dog. Too many dogs simply stagnate because dogs are generally owned for companionship, not things like hunting or shepherding farm animals like they used to, causing them to laze about. This can lower their intelligence and mood.

Here's a quick video overview of some of the games in the training. And then watch the second video below for a complete demonstration and explanation of the “Airplane Game” that will teach your dog to pay attention, despite distractions.

Next is a demonstration of the Airplane Game. All it takes is 3 pieces of a dog cookie and a clicker, which teaches your dog to pay attention, even when he's potentially distracted by things like cookies. And this translates to the real world where they're distracted by other dogs, people and objects. Your dog should be trained to focus on you.

Watch the quick video below and then read the full explanation below the video.

This little brain game will teach your dog that looking into your eyes is what magically grants him a treat. Whether you own a puppy, an adult dog, or a rescue dog, this game is a great way to bond and help him view you as a source of rewards and pleasure! It also improves your dog’s ability to pay attention to you despite distractions.

The only things you will need to play this game are some larger treats that protrude from your fingers (a dog cookie may work well at first) and the ability to act like an airplane.

Find a quiet area with few distractions. When you’re ready to begin, hold a dog cookie in one of your hands, letting it protrude from your fingers so your dog sees it. Now, stretch your arms out as though you were an airplane, while keeping the cookie in clear view.

If your dog is highly food motivated, he’ll likely look at the cookie in your hand and perhaps even drool. If he’s the type of dog who gets frustrated, he may bark or paw at you, and if he’s a jumper he may attempt to jump up and grab it! Ignore these behaviors and keep the cookie firmly held so he can’t get it.

Now, wait patiently until your dog looks into your eyes. The moment he makes eye contact with you,
say “yes” and let the cookie fall to the ground so he can get it.

Bingo! Your dog has just discovered that eye contact is what makes you drop the “bomb” (treat)! As he gets good at this you can use smaller, bite-sized treats. This will help him pass the exam with “flying” colors (ha, get it?), as he won’t spend precious seconds chewing on a cookie!

Next Steps to Train Your Dog

To get more information on this brain training technique and others just like it, click here.

The program is created by CPDT-KA certified dog trainer, Adrienne Farricelli, and will help you with a variety of behavioural problems by increasing dog's intelligence.

For the last 10 years, she's been helping dog owners eliminate bad behaviors in dogs and train them to be well behaved, obedient, loving pets…by showing them how to bring out the ‘hidden intelligence’ inside their dog.

As Adrienne says, “Every dog without exception – has a hidden intelligence inside.”

YES…even lovable doofus dogs can do this.

Just some of the problems her step-by-step training can help with:

  • Potty training
  • Dealing with aggression
  • Jumping
  • Digging
  • Whining
  • Chewing
  • Excessive barking
  • Impulse control
  • Hyperactivity Ignoring your commands

Whatever issue you're having with your dog, Adrienne's techniques are likely the answer.

Click here to learn more this easy-to-follow training program.

And the best part is, you don't have to wait for classes to start. You can download it instantly and start turning your dog into a genius right away.


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Melissa Maxwell

Melissa is a dog lover who enjoys sharing smart dog tips, inspirational stories and the joy that dogs bring. Follow us on social media for even more dog fun!


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