Thursday, June 10, 2010

Toy and Treat Biased?

Does your dog have it?

When you go to a class or a trial, do you have to have that 'special' toy or 'treat'? Is you dog's toy selection like Goldie Locks and the Bear's beds? This one is too hard, this one is too soft, this one is JUST RIGHT!

If you forget your toy, is your trial weekend ruined? Do you frantically run from friend to friend, or vendor to vendor, checking to see if they might have one? If not, when you get home, do you go on line and order 30 of them? If this has happened to you, your dog is toy biased.

So what can you do?

Make sure you are using a variety of shapes and textures of toys your training.
Don't use the same toy for more than 3 training sessions in a row. Better yet, use a different one each time until you've 'run out of choices', then start over again.

By switching up your toys and food, you'll be worry free next time you forget your toy!! When you ask to borrow, or buy a new one, you can be confident that "He WILL PLAY WITH THAT!" After all, the interaction should be rewarding because YOU are engaging him to play, not because of the type of toy you have.

So go buy some more TOYS!!!!

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