Brain Games & Enrichment Deck
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Fulfilling daily enrichment needs, providing mental stimulation & bonding with your dog.
Packed full of everyday brain games for dogs, enrichment ideas, DIY puzzle toys and activities for interactive play!
Specifically designed to help you to develop calmness, confidence and connection with your dog in a quick, easy and stress-free format.
Provides mental stimulation to satisfy your dog’s cognitive wellbeing and enrichment to relieve stress, helping you achieve a more relaxed, chilled and calm household ~ all within a few minutes a day.
Play, bond and learn more about your dog!
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In other words, simply ‘be more dog’!
This is crucial for their overall wellbeing.
Enrichment is a foundation for animal welfare and can help resolve a number of ‘undesirable’ behaviours which often stem from boredom and frustration.
So instead of trying to ‘fix’ chewing, digging, excess energy etc, we can do simple activities with our dog to provide safe and appropriate opportunities to fulfil these behavioural needs.
The main purpose of the deck is to be a resource to learn more about our dogs and help us give them what they need.
When a dog has plenty of enrichment in their life, they are calmer, more balanced and fulfilled and less ‘desperate’ to find their kicks elsewhere!
The deck is supported and used by a number of dog welfare organisations to provide varied enrichment to dogs within their care and support owners in learning about their new dog.
Here at PACT, we introduced a deck of cards into our kennels already busy routine, and we couldn’t be happier.
The deck includes 52 cards which we have found to be a great help with the dogs, there is a card for each and every dog. We have found the deck to be incredibly valuable to our training program, its helped us bond, create calm activities, build trust and enrich the dogs lives.
So if you love your dog and want to enrich their lives, buy a deck! You won’t regret it!
PACT Animal Sanctuary
Benefits of brain games for dogs
Many of us teach our dogs to adopt positions and perform ‘tricks’ (i.e. sit, lie down, spin etc). This is one way to challenge your dog’s brain, but there is so much more we can do.
Brain games create opportunities for your dog to problem-solve and make their own decisions. They can also be used to help target and reinforce positive behaviours – namely calmness, confidence and connection with you.
Our brain games are designed to enhance these three core components.
Develop calmness holistically by fulfilling your dogs needs.
Provide mental stimulation, helping to balance out excess physical energy and satisfy even the most active minds.
Dogs find games engaging; dogs love to play and are individuals in their own right, thus they learn best through fun, positive experiences.
Solving puzzles, having fun and winning games can be hugely rewarding and beneficial to a dog’s self esteem.
Encourages your dog to interact with you, spend quality time together and help you see more from your dog’s perspective.
What’s inside the box?
- Deck of 52 Game Cards – The back of each card has instructions to a different game or activity. The front of each card is also unique and features a different watercolour dog.
- 5 colour-coded Key Categories: Calm, Focus, Play, Puzzle & Bond
- Booklet for additional guidance and progressive activity levels.
✔ Scent games – become part of your dog’s #1 activity!
✔ Enrichment activities – includes easy DIY puzzle feeding activities & provides an appropriate outlet for expressing natural & stress relieving behaviours.
✔ Brain games – boosts your dog’s confidence and motivation levels.
✔ Bonding exercises – strengthens your relationship through working together.
✔ Stealth training – reinforces positive behaviours such as toy sharing, recall, proximity and responsiveness while your dog just thinks you’re the most fun person ever.
Our approach is always positive reinforcement!
How to play
The deck puts mental stimulation and enrichment in the palm of your hand – never struggle to entertain your dog again!
1. Pick a card
The games are divided into categories so you can select a key area to work on, as and when needed.
Or for variety, shuffle the deck and choose at random to keep it fresh!
Tip: I like to pick a card whenever I put the kettle on. This way you can play a game in the kitchen for a couple of minutes while you are waiting for the kettle to boil and then have a nice sit-down and a cup of tea while your dog snoozes peacefully!
2. Follow the instructions
Play the game for 3-5 minutes (enrichment activities can happily occupy your dog for longer).
DIY enrichment activities will involve utilising household items such as old towels, cardboard boxes, egg cartons etc.
A fleece puzzle plait is recommended, though you could make your own.
Sleep is so important for calmness. Ensure your dog gets undisturbed sleep between walks, training and games to solidify any learning, decompress and gain maximum benefit from the sessions.
2-5 games or activities over the course of the day are typically sufficient to add moments of fun, interest and engagement.
- Daily mental stimulation.
- Adverse weather conditions (heatwaves, storms etc).
- Recovery from injury.
- Making you more interesting to your dog (especially in distracting environments).
- Helping your dog to settle in new situations.
- Decompression days.
- Developing a relationship with a new dog.
- Getting the whole family involved with your dog (always supervise children).
- For people or dogs with limited mobility.
- Busy times.
- Fosterers, rescue centre workers and other dog-professionals; boarders, groomers, walkers etc.
“The booklet is a fabulous wealth of information! As a dog trainer, you nailed some core elements missed by some owners. So, thank you for the effort you put into these and the cards.” ~ See more reviews below
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Thank you for supporting my small business! Originally created for my springer spaniel, Cam, we are so pleased to now be making thousands of tails wag all over the world ~ Chloe
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This card deck is very much a passion project made with a lot of love and so I really appreciate hearing your feedback. Thank you so much for everyone who has sent a review to me or to one of our stockists.
Think they're the best thing I've seen on Instagram! For someone like me who is a first time springer owner and had to learn everything myself these are perfect!
Great for any dog lover. Lovely cards with some great games on them. Simple ideas well thought out. Glad I bought them. I feel I have an ace up my sleeve with these.
These are great little fun games to help focus, calm bond and play with my dog, and I love the fact that it has a little book that has higher levels of you can train further. It's compact to carry around and to just whip one out, I really enjoy doing the focus games with my pup while out walking!
Lots of useful games to enhance both dog and human bond. Lots of games to choose from. Well worth the purchase.
Great games for every occasion. Wish they'd been plasticised. ...I intend to laminate them to extend useful life and weatherproof them. great for this awful wet weather when we can't get out.
[REPLY: Our #ipledge mission is to be as eco-friendly as possible which is why we have them made out of card instead of plastic 🙂 The new deck do now have a varnish to extend life.]
These cards are a brilliant idea, they are fun, easy to use and only take a few minutes. It is a great way of getting new ideas for games to play with your dog. I have found they are a great way of getting the rest of the family involved in dog training/play. I encourage everyone to take one card a day and play the game with our dogs. The dogs love it.
Good for training and bonding with my boy as well as making his brain work.
Had a quick look over the cards and I know Poppy will enjoy playing the games. Bought these over the Christmas period to keep her entertained.
Great idea. Received our cards yesterday. I think they are BRILLIANT. We are holed up in one room of the house (+2 labs!!) downstairs atm, whilst builders/decorators are in rest, so these are useful for instant entertainment! My one criticism - the script is not always easy to read.
[REPLY: Script font has now been updated to make them easier to read!]
They're easy to follow and great for giving you good ideas to keep them stimulated.
Some can take you as long as you want, others just 5 minutes but it's such a good way to keep then engaged, particularly on a wet and rainy day!
My niece who is 11 absolutely loves getting these out to play with the dog when she's over. I take a handful of the cards whenever we go somewhere too so I have something on hand to prompt some games and training.
Maggie loves them too and does an excited bum wiggle when she sees the box ?
A handy resource for enrichment and training. These cards are a great way to find games that will help you boost the behaviours you want from your dog.
Being able to pick a card at random is an easy way to make sure you include variety in your play.
They're great for rainy days and handy for holidays, and they include lots of ideas that would work for dogs who are on restricted exercise.
I especially like the little book that explains the thinking behind the games and how to take them to the next level as your dog becomes an expert.
On top of that they're very pretty and easy to wrap, so I am working out who I can buy them for as a gift.
Too often we walk Maisie where we should be using her brain and tiring her out mentally. Absolutely love them!
What a great idea! Can't wait to get started on Maisie's training!
They will make amazing gifts for any occasion!
A wonderful idea! Thank you!
Simple and fun fun fun! The calm dog playcards is awesome, easy and simple games to play whenever. Even my boyfriend is using them.
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