A thinking puppy is a good puppy

When we ask dogs to think, to figure out what we want, that is exercise for the brain.

Just as running a dog leaves them happily tired, so does training.

This big girl (Sydney, an English mastiff from Port Orange, Fla.) is only 6 months old, and like most puppies, when she’s bored, she’s pacing around, looking for things to get into.

But after just a short training session, instead of getting into trouble, she’s stretched out, ready for a nap. So the secret to a calm dog who is easy to live with is this: Lots of short, fun training games!