Problem-solving is different from toy play and active fetch games, as it uses the dog’s mental power, their thinking skills to solve a problem. There is no readily, easy answer and some of the problems a dog may have never seen before. It requires interaction from their human and the hardest part for the pet guardian is to let the dog think once a problem is presented.
How a dog thinks through a problem, solves it, or does not solve it, says a lot about how they will solve a problem in real life. Problems that affect behavior.
How a dog sees the world
Tiring exercises in the CED include how the dog sees the world. An exercise on how they see color, and how they recognize size. There are also activities to involve scent and obstacle coursework to note equilibrium in movement, focus, fear of objects and how dog and pet guardian work as a team. The CED also looks at how the dog solves difficult problems. How the dog works through these mentally tiring activities shows us how they work through problems in real life, and even why they are reacting or aggressing and how to work through those issues.
In Day One there are two activities, one to test color recognition and the other, size recognition. One is completed in the morning and the other in the afternoon. This activity also tells a lot about how the pet guardian works with their dog, their patience level, their body cues, and how they help their dog to solve problems. It is not a right or wrong exercise but is to help tire the dog mentally so deep sleep comes readily. Yet, it also reveals a lot about how the dog sees their world, how they think things through or do not and it is for observation, not for obedience. See Chapter 14 for examples.
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