What can you expect to learn:
Who is this class for?
If you ever thought, “my dog doesn’t like to play with the toy,” or you struggle to get started, this class is for you! We cover the concept of engagement, how toy play works and how to build it from scratch. No matter if you just want to have additional fun activity in your daily life or you need it for sports practice.
So often, I see teams that get angry when they practice. No progress, they don’t know what is wrong, they try so hard, and it doesn’t work. This doesn’t have to look this way. Even if your dog is not a “born toy player’, you can have a great deal of fun learning this together.
Why should you play tug with your dog?
Tugging is my favorite activity of all time. It has so many benefits:
First of all, if you do it right, it’s an excellent activity to build a strong relationship with your furry friend. I believe that part of the reason why so many people I know that are a part of dog sports have such a deep connection with their dogs compared to most typical dog owners is working together, learning, and playing. Toy play offers you the opportunity to spend time where both sides actively seek to understand each other. It’s so often much more than a walk where you are just next to each other. In my opinion, it’s one of the best ways to get to know your dog on a deeper level.
It’s also a great outlet for dogs. If you go to a shelter and ask what is one of the most common reasons for giving up their dogs, one of the things you will hear is biting. “He runs after my kids and bits their ankles,” “she chews on every piece of furniture we have,” and so on. Why do those things happen? Well, dogs aren’t like humans; they need to move around and fulfill their needs and drives. We fail to provide our dogs with a way for fulfilling their needs that is not a problem for us and then blame them for the resulting problems. Toy play can finally give dogs to satisfy their desire to chase, run, and bite in a non-destructive way.
If that didn’t convince you to start playing, I have one last thing that may do that… Physical health and mental well-being. It’s not a mystery that movement is essential for our health when it comes to people. I would say that it’s even more important for dogs. I prepare many dogs for the Frisbee competition, and one side of this training is physical preparation. Up to this day, I didn’t find any exercise that has more profound benefits on a dog’s body than tugging!