While some of us have perfectly behaved pooches that walk to heel and all do as they're told, most owners will find that their pets can be a little mischievous from time to time.

However, if you do find your pup chewing on shoes, chasing the neighbour's cat or digging up the flowerbeds, it's worth remember that they're probably not trying to be destructive and naughty, but it's more likely that they're simply bored.

Which means if you want to try and stamp out the bad behaviour and have a happy, calm and relaxed pooch, then it's essential to keep your pet mentally stimulated.

And veterinary journalist and practising vet Pete Wedderburn claims that the number one priority when trying to keep your dog mentally stimulated is to ensure they are receiving plenty of regular exercise outdoors.

He advises: "25 minutes, twice daily, is the ideal for most dogs, but this does vary according to the type of dog."

However, the other good way to keep a high-energy dog occupied is through various dog toys and games.

Pete says: "Regular walks are most important, but food puzzle toys (such as the Kong, mazes and food releasing toys) are also helpful."

The Kong is an ideal toy for clever canines, as it gives them something to chew on and chase but will also keep their mind busy as they try to release the premium dog food treats tucked inside by their owners.

Chew toys in general are great for puppies, as they will distract young dogs fom gnawing on furniture, as well as preventing other destructive behaviour such as barking and stealing household items.

Finally, it's always a good idea to spend some time working on basic training with your pet to keep their mind working, going over exercises such as 'sit', 'down', recalls and even some fun tricks.

Written by: Hannah