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Published: Aug 30, 2012

One of the reasons dogs are so beloved by humans is because they have varied personalities and behaviors. Some are goofy, others are playful. Some are lazy and others have boundless energy. Like humans, dogs' personalities change over time, especially as they get to know their owner and his or her lifestyle. Some owners may be wondering if they can make their canine more intelligent - and the answer is most often yes. However, it will take effort on your part, as a pet owner, to help your dog's mind expand. Here are some tips.

Dogs thrive on stimulation of all sorts. That's why they get so excited when you get the leash out - the outside world is full of stimulation. There are many ways to help your dog feel involved in their day-to-day routine. One of the easiest ways to do so is by talking to your dog. He may not respond, but you can bet he'll be interested in hearing your voice, and very curious as to what you're doing.

Puppy training is another excellent way to stimulate your dog. Using positive reinforcement to teach him new tricks will help him expand his mind and ways of thinking. Other ways to keep him busy include playing games like Frisbee and fetch, or taking him to a dog park to interact with other canines.

If you feel your dog may have a learning disability or other issues that could be impeding his thinking abilities, take him to one of the nearby vet hospitals for an expert's opinion.