Do you wish you could get your dog tired or to relax for a few hours when you come home from a long day? Teaching your dog how to play will expend pent up energy and help him to be calm and relaxed in your house. Maybe you would like having a dog that loves to play with toys to help benefit training for a canine sport such as Disc Dog, Flyball, Agility, etc. Many dogs, however, need help in learning to interactively play with toys. We will teach your dog to enjoy playing with toys and teach you to use them to motivate your dog in training, to keep your dog focused on you in distracting environments, and to use them for daily exercise. In short, we will teach you how to PLAY! We will cover how to find stimulating toys, how to develop chase behavior, retrieving/fetching, proper bite, tugging, how to safely toss and catch a disc (frisbee), and so much more. If your dog has an interest in specific toys, please bring them along to the workshop. The more the merrier! Remember to think outside the realm of just dog toys. Anything your dog has passion, interest or desire for may be used (e.g., water bottles, fly swatters, leashes, etc.). Be sure to bring a rested dog as this workshop will give you a lot of active working opportunities!
Think Pawsitive instructors use a choice-based, positive reinforcement training philosophy to train dogs and puppies to be wonderful pets and/or successful agility competitors.
PREREQUISITE: This workshop is suitable for dogs of all ages.
PLEASE NOTE: The use of crates and crate games are a significant part of our curriculum. Both treat and toy rewards are used extensively to reinforce dogs for desired behaviors. No pinch collars, choke collars or flex-leashes are allowed in our facility. The only leash aids that are allowed are a Gentle Leader head halter, Sensation Harness, or Comfort Flex harness.
WORKSHOP DATE: Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm