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Toys for Dog Training and Enrichment

May 9

Dog Dynamics, Inc can learn from watching and imitating other dogs. They can also be trained to perform certain activities such as obedience, agility, herding, tracking and flyball or for service work as therapy dogs or assistance dogs.

Positive training often involves food rewards, but it can also include physical stroking or play time with humans. These rewards are known as 'positive reinforcement' and'science-based training' and form part of what is sometimes called modern training methods.

Toys for training

Dog training toys are a great way to teach behaviors and keep your pup mentally stimulated. They can also help prevent boredom and destructive behavior around the house, especially when you’re gone for long periods of time.

Choose a durable, high-quality toy. Ensure it’s safe for your dog to chew and won’t become a choking hazard. For instance, rope toys should not contain small pieces that could be ingested and opt for rubber or plastic rather than cotton.

Interactive toys are an excellent choice for dogs of all ages and abilities. The Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Brick puzzle game is a perfect example, as it allows dogs to use their brain power to find treats or kibble hidden in compartments or under sliding discs. It also helps improve their focus, attention, and retrieving skills.

Toys for play

Many dog behaviors are the result of boredom or excess energy, and toys can help channel this into healthy activities that prevent destructive behavior. They can also help reduce anxiety and stress, particularly if your dog is left alone for long periods of time.

Toys that encourage problem-solving, like puzzle toys, can stimulate a dog’s natural instincts and keep them engaged, preventing them from getting bored or feeling anxious. They can be as simple as an empty milk jug or a muffin tin, but more advanced versions include treat-dispensing toys that require dexterity to operate, such as this wobbling toy that traps treats in ridges.

Rope toys are another popular choice for dogs that enjoy tug-of-war, fetch, or chewing. Look for sturdy options that can stand up to a lot of wear and tear, such as this set of four that includes a variety of handle shapes and sizes. These toys can even be washed to keep them clean.

Toys for mental stimulation

Mental stimulation toys help prevent boredom and pent-up energy that can lead to destructive behaviors. They also encourage dogs to use their natural curiosity and problem-solving skills.

Try interactive toys that allow dogs to sniff and lick their way through a maze of treats, which taps into their natural instincts for hunting and problem-solving. Some dog puzzle toys also slow down meal time and require them to use their noses to find kibble or treats, which can be beneficial for pups who are aging or recovering from surgery or illness.

Snuffle mats like this one from DogNmat are another great option that encourage pups to paw and sniff their way through strips of fabric or shirred pieces of felt where you can hide treats. They're also a good choice for the leisurely pup who needs some brain exercise or is on crate rest. Try rotating your dog's toys frequently to keep them interested and avoid them becoming bored.

Toys for bonding

Many dog behavior problems stem from boredom or excess energy. Enrichment toys like puzzle games and treat dispensers keep dogs mentally engaged which can reduce anxiety, prevent destructive behaviors like chewing furniture or digging, and strengthen the bond between dog and pet parent.

Tugging toys, for example, teach obedience commands such as drop it and encourage impulse control as pups wait for the owner’s cue to begin playing tug. This type of play also burns calories and helps dogs stay physically fit.

For dogs with calming needs, try an interactive toy that dispenses treats or kibble and requires rolling, pushing, and nudging in order to access the food inside, such as the Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Nina Hide Dog Dynamics, Inc. The toy can even be filled with calming broth like Stachios for an extra dose of nourishing nutrition. Many of these enrichment toys are also designed for multiple dogs to play together.