Brain Training For Dogs – A Full Review


Brain-Training-For-Dogs-3D-1024x1024Brain training for dogs is a program which intends to improve your dog’s mental capacities, in other words, make your dog smarter. According to the author there are a few different reasons why this is important for a dog. One thing is that dogs today are often mentally understimulated and this makes them bored and sometimes they become destructive. The other thing is that if you train a dog to think and figure things out, then it is going to be much easier to train it.

A smarter dog understands much faster what you want it to do. Further more it is claimed that a dog will get improved health and become happier if they get regular mental stimulation. All of this makes pretty good sense to me and certain breeds of dogs are very clever by nature and really do require mental stimulation so this might be very useful.

Brain training for dogs comes in the form of an e-book and includes the following items: The e-book Brain Training for Dogs, a number of videos as well as a bonus book called Behavior training for dogs. It is retailed at the price of 37$
The author of this book is called Adrienne Faricelli and she is a professional dog trainer who has been working with dogs for more than a decade. She started out working at an animal hospital and then as a voluntary at the local rescue center. She has since then being certified as a master dog trainer and has got 2 rottweilers herself.
In this review I am going to through the following:

  • Introduction (what we are going through right now)
  • What this product can do for you and your dog
  • How Brain Training For Dogs is structured and what you can expect to find in it.
  • The Bonus Book – Behavior training for dogs
  • Summary

When you have finished reading this review you will have a good idea what it si all about and if this is something that you find useful.


What this product can do for you and your dog

BobbingForTreatsThis product is about gradually increasing your dog’s intelligence, awareness and ability to think and to solve problems. This can be useful in many ways. As already mentioned a dog with a sharper intellect is going to be easier to train so the exercises your dog gets from these games is going to help him/her when you are training other things. Secondly dogs needs mental stimulation as well as they need physical.

Dogs tend to get bored without enough stimulation and when they get bored they sometimes get destructive. A dog who gets to use his mind (and his body) will be better developed, happier and in better general health. Just like with humans, mental and physical health goes hand in hand and if you are well mentally you will feel physically better as well. Finally, last but not least, its fun. Playing games with your dog is great fun both for you and for your dog. It is also an excellent way to “bond” with you dog and bring you closer together.

So Brain Training for Dogs can make your dog more susceptible for other types of training. It will develop him mentally and physically, you will bond with your dog at the same time as you are having lots of fun. If this seems like something for you then read on and I will tell you how it works and what you can expect to find in it. You can get a copy of Brain Training For Dogs Here

walking-einsteinHow it is structured and what you will find in it

The structure of this program is made like the structure of our schools. It starts out with “pre school” where you will find very easy and simple games which suitable both for adult dogs and even for puppies. It then becomes increasingly more difficult as the dog moves up the levels of Elementary, High school, College, University, Graduation and finally the highest level called Einstein (They tell me he was pretty smart).

You don’t have to follow this sequence exactly though but the intention is to gradually make your dog smarter and constantly increase the challenges to prepare her for the next step. Apart from these games and exercises there is also a section on basic obedience training such as sit, come, lie down etc. At the end of each section there is an “exam” where you “grade” your dog depending on how well she performed the task presented.
Adrienne Faricelli (the author) is relying on the methods of using verbal markers, praise and food rewards for training her dogs. This means that every time a dog does something right you say “Yes” (or something else) you praise the dog and reward her with a small treat.

There is also a full section on how to use a clicker when training your dog. A clicker is a small device which makes a clicking noise when push on it. it used instead of a verbal marker. The click is then immediately followed by a treat. This section is fairly detailed and explains quite well how and why you might want to use a clicker.

Included in the program is also a number of videos where the different “games” are being performed by one of Adrienne’s Rottweilers.

At the end of each training chapter there is a “trouble shooting” section where you find solutions to any problem you might encounter. If this does not help then you can also e-mail Adrienne for support. This is an important part of any program, getting support when you need it.

The Bonus – Behavior Training for dogs

Behavior-Training-For-Dogs-3D-CroppedWith Brain Training for dogs comes the bonus book: Behavior Training for Dogs. This book is about how to cure some of the most common problem behaviors among dogs. It covers things like excessive barking, digging, whining, aggressiveness towards strangers and so on. For example, it gives you several reasons why a dog is whining and then the proper cause of action to treat the problem.
The main training philosophy here is to ignore the dog when it is behaving badly and reward it when it is doing the right thing. This is a very common practice when training dogs and this is used by many well-known dog trainers.
All in all, behavior training for dogs is a useful addition to the main book as it gives you both the reasons and the cure for various common problem behaviors. However, if Dog Training or problem behaviors is your main issue then you should find training dealing specifically with that. Doggy Dan’s Online Dog Trainer or Secrets to Dog Training would be good choices in this case.


I find Brain Training for dogs an excellent product. All through the book you can feel and sense the authors enthusiasm and her love for dogs. Playing games with your dog is an excellent way to bond with her and you will be having a lot of fun while your at it. Everything is well explained and the videos are really a useful addition to the book, making it far easier to understand what you have to do. The bonus book: Behavior training for dogs is useful in treating common behavorial dog problems, however this is not a book about dog training in general its purpose is making your dog smarter while you are having fun. If you need training on how to raise or puppy or how to
Brain Training For Dogs retails for 37 dollars and includes the video and the bonus book Behavior Training for Dogs. It comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. So if you are not happy with it, you will get your money back and you even get to keep the book. Now, to me that sounds like a pretty good deal. If you want to get a copy of Brain Training For Dogs, Click Here

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Comments 16

  • I really appreciate your review of this dog training book! If I have a dog that has the basic commands down and fully knows them, but it seems that he is simply too stubborn to listen if he just doesn’t want to, would this book be appropriate or should I pursue some of the other books you mentioned?

  • This review was fantastic! From all the detail provided in the review you are given a clear understanding of what the book is about and what to expect from it. I have a 14 year old dog who does get bored. I might just give this book a try to see what might stimulate her brain especially in her old age. I am thankful that her body is still healthy, so some of the games you discussed might be a huge benefit to her. Thank you for your wonderful review!

    • I am glad you liked it. Thank you for your kind words and your input. I wish you the best of luck with your dog.


  • Brain training for dogs, at first glance along with the book picture of the dog in front of the chess board I thought that this is about training your dog to play chess. But after reading further I see that it is about dog training in general. Can you teach a dog to swim or is it instinctive? I had a dog when I was younger and this dog was scare of the water. I always wondered if that could have been corrected with proper training. Is it possible that dogs forget training they have received over time? In other words do you have to retrain the dog if it appears that the lesson learned has somehow disappeared? I think the content is very interesting and informative. I will recommend this page to my readers so they can have an opportunity to learn how to train their dogs. Excellent!

    • Thank you,

      well dogs can be taught how to swim and fear of water can be corrected with proper training. Some dogs have it in them though. The New Foundland dog is built to swim and sometimes little puppies who are only a few weeks old are found swimming in their waterbowl. New Foundlands has often rescued people who were about to drown. Retrievers often like water to so they usually go in the water without much fuzz. There are some dogs who are not well suited to swimming. These are dogs with a large head and torso and a compact body, like for example the Bulldog.

      You have given me a good idea for my next post. It will be about teaching a dog to swim and maybe it will feature a video as well.

      All the best


  • Great book review! I can see how mentally stimulating your dog can improve both his behavior (making him more trainable in general) as well as improving your relationship with him! I am wondering if there are games you can teach your dog to play by himself? Oftentimes, when they are bored, they are alone and that is when they get most destructive.

    • Dogs usually need stimulation from someone (a person or other animal) in order to play games. If a dog gets destructive on his/her own a bone and some fun and chewable toys might give your dog what it needs in order to stay calm.

  • I´m both dog lover and owned an Icelandic dog which was my best friend. Reading this article, I saw a lot of interesting things and like it a lot.
    But I was thinking about one thing. You write: “A clicker is a small device which makes a clicking noise when push on it. it used instead of a verbal marker.”
    I see that the author use a verbal marker number one as I understand it and I think that it´s very, very important. I must admit that I don´t understand why you should use a clicker (sometimes dog whistles are important). Can you explain it for me?

    • It is said that the advantage of a clicker is that it is more exact. If you use verbal markers such as saying “YES” when your dog has done something good there will be fluctations in your voice and it won’t sound the same every time. A clicker is also faster. For example if you are teaching your dog to sit, you can click at the exact moment his bottom touches the floor.

      In my eyes the disadvantage of using a clicker is that make your dog used to that and you might need to carry it with you all the time.

      Some trainers like to use clickers and others don’t. Personally I would use a verbal marker but both methods work so it is matter of personal choice.

  • Thanks for reviewing this book for us. Brain training. Your review leads me to believe that this book goes above and beyond typical dog training. Maybe teaching the particular dog to think differently to help it get what it needs. The product seems promising and your review covers a wide range of what to expect.

    • Dogs are intelligent creatures and they can learn a lot of things. Their minds are like an open book and you can fill it (to a certain point) with what you want. Mind games will improve your dog’s ability to learn things, teach him how to solve problems and generally make him smarter.

      Both of you will have a lot fun at the same time so it is all good.

  • As a dog sitter I’ve had the pleasure of working with lots of dogs and I’ve seen the benefits of structured play to get them mentally stimulated and active. This Brain Training sounds perfect for building a dog’s intelligence. I have used the clicker training in the past and I know it is very effective. What really is amazing is that the author/trainer is available by email for any troubleshooting with her program. Of all the dogs I’ve been around most are pretty smart to begin with and would enjoy a fun training program like this. This review was good and thorough and covered all the questions I had.

    • I am glad you liked the review of Brain Training for Dogs. Just like with us humans, when dogs use their brains they become smarter and their minds develop. This not only makes them happy but also easier to train. This really is a “win-win” situation for you and your dog.

  • Hi Jojo,

    Awesome article!

    I have a german shepherd dog, and he is incredibly smart:) It’s very easy to stimulate him. I have a few problems with him, though. He always tries to catch his tail and also, he doesn’t obey me when we go outside. I don’t have a clue how to train my dog, and this book would be of great help! If you don’t mind, I have several questions.
    First, is this book works with any breeds? Also, how many minutes per day do I have to train my dog to get good results?

    Thank you very much for this excellent post!

    • Hi,

      For basic training of your dog, Brain training for dogs is not what I would recommend. Brain training for dogs is an excellent program but it is intended to stimulate your dog with different games and make him/her smarter and prepare her for more advanced training. It is not intended for teaching your dog basic obedience.

      For obedience and basic dog training, I would recommend either the Online Dog Trainer or Secrets of Dog Training by Kingdom of Pets.

      Both are excellent programs that will teach step by step how to train your dog and how to deal with various different dog related problems.

      The Online Dog Trainer by Doggy Dan is a videobased program where you learn by watching professional dog trainer Doggy Dan whereas secrets of dog training is an e-book. In my opinion The Online Dog Trainer might be a bit easier to use as you can see everything on video but both programs will certainly be of great help. You can read more about the Online Dog Trainer HERE and you can read my full review of Secrets to Dog Training HERE

      I wish you the best of luck and if there is anything I can do to help just drop me a line and I will do what I can to help. I can also suggest that you take a look at the other posts of my site, you will find a lot information there.

      Kindest regards,


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