In this week’s AbsoluteDogs TV Episode, we discuss: How to begin training your dog using toys.
Some dogs love toys, while for others, you will need a grow that desire to play with toys.
Why use toys? If you have a toy with you while out on a walk or playing at the park that you know your dog loves, you can use that object to help keep your dog with you instead of them investigating a squirrel, chasing a bicycle or running off with another dog. Choose toys that suit your dog and toys that encourage play around you, rather than away from you. Animate them, keep the games simple, make it a fun experience for your dog and of course, let them win!
1. Animate the toy – move it around like it is a little animal. Use your dog’s prey drive!
2. Use toys with length – to allow your dog to play pressure-free
3. Choose toys that your dog loves – experiment to discover your dog’s favourite
4. Remove toys to add value – If your dog is not playing with a toy, remove it to make a valuable resource
5. Toy play should be rule free – let your dog drive the game
6. Choose toys and games appropriate for your dog and their life stage
7. Grow your dog’s desire for toys – short sessions with no pressure, no rules, just lots of amazing fun.