Nina Ottosson is a Swedish dog trainer and since 1990 has been designing and developing a range of dog activity games and toys that will exercise your dog's mind and body. Her philosophy is that the dog has four legs and one head, and that all five need activity in different ways - both physical and mental.
With that philosophy in mind, Nina Ottosson feels that these games and toys will exercise your dog's mind and body, can help prevent and reduce behavior problems, help prevent and reduce weight problems, the games will help strengthen your bond with your dog, and prevent boredom. This sounds like "What Dogs Want!" And, she even has a line of interactive games and toys for cats !
These games are durable and each design has a unique mechanism that requires mental as well as physical dexterity to work through the challenges and reveal hidden food rewards. They can be set to differing levels of complexity, to satisfy all ages and breeds of dog. "So whether you have a 'Forrest Gump' or an 'Albert Einstein', there is a Nina Ottosson game design to suit every dog!"
This is a fantastic line of games and toys, absolutely! However, if you set some time aside, at least once a week, to get down on your dog's level and play any interactive game TOGETHER, that is ideal. It is important to find a balance of activity and inactivity for your dog. All dogs need to exercise their brain in order to feel good, and some need this more than others and a walk is not usually a substitute for a brain activity. At our facility, we allow the dogs to cycle down at times throughout the day, quiet time, because dogs need to get practiced in just being in a place with their person or by themselves. We then get the dogs up and going by working through an activity game with them, scent work to find hidden treats inside and outside, and always manners behaviors where they have to wait their turn to go through doorways and then only when they offer a polite 'sit' or even a bow!
Spending time with your dog, helping them solve an activity puzzle, find a hidden treat, or get their basic obedience polished up, reinforces the bond you already have with your dog and will help build a necessary primary bond you need with your rescued dog.
Enjoy your dogs and have fun! Please check out our web site and see the fun we are having with dogs in our care