Your dog is full of life and in constant need of attention. It’s part of the reason you all love him, but it also means that he can be a lot of work sometimes. You take him on a lengthy walk each day and the kids play around with him at home, but he never seems to run out of energy. What you need is an effective way of tiring him out, so he spends the evenings dozing instead of charging around and keeping your kids up late at night. You take the kids to the playground regularly and if you could train him to play there too then you could kill two birds with one stone.
Training him to play at the playground won’t just be fantastic exercise for him, he’ll also keep the kids entertained. Plus, it will be great bonding time for the kids and your dog.
Training your dog to play on a playground is surprisingly straightforward. He may seem nervous and unsure with so many strange obstacles and numerous kids around, but he simply needs the right motivation. Often, the most effective means of motivation is tasty food. Use that to incentivize him and he’ll soon be in the thick of it in the playground. If he’s young he’ll have energy, be confident and eager to learn. This should mean training could only take a week or so. If he’s older and not quite as energetic as he once was then you may need a couple of weeks.
Succeed with this training and you’ll be able to sit and relax on a bench while the kids and your dog play happily. You can let them all tire themselves out as you fantasize about the relaxing evening you’ll get when they’re all sleeping.
Before training can begin you’ll need a few things. The most important component will be food. You can use treats or you can break his favorite food into small pieces.
You’ll also need to set aside 15 minutes every other day for training in the playground. Try and go at a time where it will be relatively quiet so you can keep him focused.
The only other things you’ll need are patience and a pro-active attitude. With all of those boxes ticked you’re ready to get to work!