Dog toys can be an entertaining diversion for your canine friend. They can also be very useful when training your dog. It’s commonplace to reward a dog’s obedience during a training session with food treats, but giving only food rewards should be avoided because this can result in your dog obeying only in the presence of food.
Therefore, you should have some variety in your dog’s training rewards. Toys make a good alternative for food treats. However, choosing the right dog toy will depend on the personality of your dog and the type of training they are receiving. To give you an idea, here is a list of some of the most popular types of dog toys:
Throw toys such as tennis balls and frisbees are perfect for the most basic form of dog training there is: “go fetch”. They allow you and your dog to share exercise and quality time together, while getting your dog used to obeying simple commands. A great warmup for more advanced types of training.
Stuffed dog toys are a classic choice. They come in many shapes, sizes and colours, so you’re bound to find something that tickles your dog’s fancy. For training purposes, use dog toys that are chew-resistant, durable, and easy to wash.
Talking toys adds a level of interaction that most dogs love. It makes them curious and it holds their attention wonderfully well. Getting to play with a talking dog toy can be a great incentive to motivate your dog to obey your commands.
These dog toys provide simple problems which your dog can solve. More intelligent breeds of dog respond to puzzles very well. They are less useful during most training sessions as they require your dog to stop and think, but can be appropriate reward for afterwards.