Can dogs maintain sharper minds if they frequently use their brains to problem solve? Photography ©Indeed | Getty Images.

Will Brain Games Improve Cognitive Functions in Dogs?

A new study from Clever Dogs Lab is hoping to discover whether brain games lead to improved cognitive function for our canine friends.
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It’s long been known that humans who frequently use their brains to problem solve maintain sharper minds, even in old age. A new study hopes to find out if the same theory is true for our canine friends.

Cognitive scientists at the Clever Dog Lab, a research center in Vienna, have taught hundreds of test subjects of different breeds to use a touch-screen game to earn food rewards.

Through recording the dogs’ progress learning increasingly difficult tasks and requesting feedback from the owners, the researchers aim to discover whether brain games lead to improved cognitive function.

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Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at

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