By Anu Maurya
Dog toys are essential dog training aids. They make the training exercise fun for both the handler and the dog. Some tips on using toys in dog training:
- Not chew toys
Dog training toys are not chew toys, they are training aids. The dog only gets to play with it when you are training.
The training reward is you playing with your dog. If the toy is tossed, the dog should either wait for you to come and play with him, or bring the toy back to you for toy play. If the dog runs away with the toy, use toys that have strings attached or don’t toss the toy. The toy should be lifeless until you activate it by playing with it.
- Different levels of value
Similar to treats, have different levels of value of training toys. For instance, the toy you use to train in an environment with distractions should be of higher value than the toy you use to train at home.
- Work with the dog you have
Some dogs are more treat motivated, where as some get very excited with toys. There are different types of training toys out there, use the toy that works for your dog. For dogs that get very excited with toys, alternate toys and treats. Toys bring up a dog’s energy and treats calm the dog. By alternating both, you are tuning your dog’s energy level to what works for you. With time, your dog will learn to adjust their energy level when you train with toys.
Types of Training Toys
These are great for treat motivated dogs.
In these, you can place either treats or squeakers:
These toys are great for young dogs or dogs that aren’t very toy motivated. You can animate the toy and bring out the dog’s natural chase instinct.
- Ram Tuff Woolly Octopus Tug Toy
- Tugaway Octo-Sheep Chaser with Reward Pouch
- Tugaway Octo-Sheep Chaser Dog Toy
- Chase It Dog Toy
Udder Tug Toys
These are made from recycled rubber liners used in machines to milk cows. They are great for dogs that like rubber textures.
Furry Tug Toys
These are made of different materials that have different textures and scents.
- Furry Tug Toys (has video descriptions of the various furry toys)
K9TL and BarkLogs is not affiliated with the sites quoted above. The list is a guide only, there are many, many dog training toys out there. In fact, any toy your dog likes is a dog training toy. If you have a favorite toy you like to train with or have any training tips, feel free to comment on this post!
3 comments August 25th, 2013