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Friday, May 25, 2012

Weekly Wag #22: Toys and Playtime

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
Ready to Play, Mom?

Food Makes Toys Fun!
Not all dogs enjoy the pleasure of their own company with a toy. But even those like Oliver, who only play with toys occasionally, can have a grand time engaging in playtime with you. One of my favorite ways to encourage Oliver to play is the Muffin Pan Game. This simple game can be created at home in minutes, and will offer reinforcement to toy play with food rewards. Here's how it goes:

  • Place a small treat in the bottom of each spot in a muffin tin.
  • On top of each treat place a small toy that is easy to pick up.
  • You now have a smorgasbord of toys with hidden treats, the perfect way to encourage toy play. Offer verbal praise when Fido starts to explore, and cheer him on as he removes each and discovers the treats hidden underneath.
  • For dogs who are extremely resistant to the idea, simply rub a bit of peanut butter or cheese on the bottom of the muffin tin compartments. This usually does the trick, getting them past any caution that stops them from exploring.
Weekly Wag ButtonIf you need tips or motivation, write to me. I'm happy to help: And further, keep in mind that comments on the Weekly Wag are welcome at the inaugural post, where drawings are made each quarter. The end of June will be the next drawing when some lucky Wagger will win a nice prize. Share your thoughts and see what others have shared about bonding with their dogs.

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Rumpydog said...

Cool idea! I might give that a try.

Anonymous said...

Great idea....I never realized that some dogs can't play by themselves.

Sharon Gilbert

FANCY the Red Standard Poodle said...

Hi Y'all,

How y'all doin'? Just stoppin' by to wish y'all a wonderful Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Bassetmomma said...

What a great tip with the muffin pan! I think that would be a great game to try with Fred and Gloira. :)

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