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Can I make my dog more intelligent?

Published: Aug 30, 2012

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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.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.