Improving Dog Play Drive with a Food Stuffable Toy
Despite a toy box full of toys, Mr. N only plays with them for a five or ten-minute spurt each day. His play drive is definitely not high enough for toys to be a reliable reward. He prefers food and the smugness of being right. I’ve been working with him to make toys more appealing. He has a special stuffed squirrel he only gets as a reward and a fur tug to appeal to his terrier instincts.
One of the latest additions to our training tool box is the Lotus Ball. It’s a three part ball that is lined with velcro so you can stuff food inside it. Dogs can either rip it apart themselves which appeals to their hunting instincts or they can bring it to you to be opened which is the method that Mr. N prefers.
The Lotus Ball is an interactive toy which means it should only be played with under supervision. I don’t think it would hold up to a lot of aggressive chewing.
|All toys mentioned were purchased by myself.|
Mr. N is busy trying to figure out how to earn more food. Is your dog into toys? Would your dog like playing with a food stuffable toy?
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