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By Dawn Celapino

July 18, 2010 (San Diego) -- Most dogs don't get enough mental stimulation to be satisfied or happy, and behavior problems are often a result. Dogs need mental stimulation just as much as they need physical stimulation, so simply taking them for a walk isn't going to cut it! Your dog might be tired after the walk, but will end up bored with even more stamina in the long run to fuel that boredom in the long run.

Always incorporate dog commands and games in your dogs workout - the mental stimulation will tire them and you can have fun teaching them new things. Teach them new tricks and practice them when you are out on your daily walk or run! Even taking them to new places will give them some mental stimulation from all the new sights, smells, and sound. Just remember - it's important to find a balance between the physical and the mental. Your dog will become even happier!

Reminder: Make sure to bring plenty of water for your dog, especially in hot summer weather.


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Dawn Celapino is a fitness trainer with She has taught yoga, kickboxing, boot camp & sculpting classes in corporate, outdoor & residential settings. Dawn loves to run, hike, mountain & road bike, kayak, swim, surf, & yoga. As long as her Cairn Terrier, Jack, is with her, she is happy.

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