We all love our four-legged best friends, however, with busy lives, where we need time to be able to relax and wind down after a hard day of work, it’s good to train them to be on their best behavior. An example of this is teaching your pooch to play quietly. This will help stop all of those post-work headaches and allow you to enjoy some much-deserved relaxation time. Or maybe you have an important assignment or meeting that you need to do for work the next day and can’t concentrate because your pupper keeps on barking--this is another situation where teaching your pup to enjoy his toys but quietly is important. After all, you don’t want to discourage play, as play is important for his well being and means that he’ll be more stimulated and hassle you less. However, getting him to turn down the volume can be a huge improvement.
Not only can your pet playing noisily be inconvenient for you when you want a break from constant noise or have to concentrate hard on something, it can have a real negative impact on your bond with each other. For example, if your pet is so noisy that it causes a neighbor to complain, you could be put in a situation where you landlord wants your four-legged best friend to go. Make sure this doesn’t happen by teaching him to play quietly from the start. This trick will be easier to teach to younger dogs, as they’ll be less set in their ways, however, it should still be possible to also teach older dogs and rescue dogs. It just may take a bit more persistence and determination. This trick will rely on conditioning and repetition and so can be fairly difficult to teach depending on your pooch, though most pups should have picked it up after a few months, with regular practice.
Grab a bag of your dog's favorite treats or make your own especially delicious treats, such as boiled chicken, sausage or cheese, all cut into dog-sized bites to ensure they’re palatable and safe to give. In order to get your pup used to the idea of playing quietly, you’ll both want to go about your normal business, and so this trick should be learned in an environment where your pup usually plays. Feel free to also grab your clicker, if you’re clicker training your pet. Remember how to use the clicker correctly, using it to immediately indicate a good behavior. A clicker isn’t necessary, however, and a bag of treats will do if that’s the way you’d like to train your pup.