Training Tips - Burning out your Puppy/Dog
Since the weather is a little chiller these days, we need to tire out our dogs through mentally challenging ways. We need to get creative for every doggie out there who might benefit from a little less energy.
Many clients mention that their dog likes to chase the ball yet not return with it. Here are a few training tips to have your dog not only chase the ball, but also return the ball to you:
- Throw the ball no more than 6' away from your dog when they are looking.
- When your dog chases after the ball in any way then praise with your voice.
- The key is to let your dog be proud when they've chased the ball or even possibly pick up the ball. Give your dog time to enjoy the moment. Praise with your voice, clap your hands softly to cheer them on and wait for them to drop the ball near you.
- You could also reward with a few yummy food treats to reinforce the behavior if your dog is food motivated. For lots of dogs, the chase of the ball is the fun part yet observe what is most rewarding for your dog since they each have different personalities.
- The second key is to not try to grab the ball from their mouth when they are near you as this will begin a different game called "Tag".
- Therefore, clap your hand softly, cheer them on, and give them lots of voice praise when they have the ball and wait for them to come closer to you on their own.
Using mentally challenging toys have always helped tire out our doggies. Food dispensing toys are a great way to mentally challenge them. Clients ask me all the time, which toys are the best for my dog.
Tricky Treat balls are great for clients who have hardwood floors as it is a soft toy and will not make a lot of noise on the floors. However, this also means that these toys are not great for hard chewers!
Hard chewers need toys like the Kong Wobbler or the Chuckle for the dogs who are Smart!
The more intelligent your dog is, the more challenging the toys should be. If your doggie doesn't bother with the food dispensing toys that you currently have then I would suggest starting them with the Monster Mouth as these toys will reward your dog quickly.
Remember too, most dogs love to search for their food as they enjoy the challenge especially during these chiller days & nights.
If you have any questions at all on these training tips then please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give Sue a call 613-899-2136 and we will walk you through the process to help with your success.