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Play is a vital part of our dogs day to day life. Training your dog doesn’t have to be all serious business! In fact, incorporating play into your training sessions can make learning more enjoyable for both you and your dog. Play is not just a break from routine; it’s a valuable tool that can enhance the training process and strengthen your bond. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of play in dog training and share creative ways to integrate games into your training regimen.

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Why Does It Matter?

Common issues we see due to lack of fullfillment is lead based reactivity, car chasing, chewing, barking and poor recall. Play is a natural behaviour for dogs, and it’s closely linked to learning and socialisation. When you engage in play with your dog during training, you’re tapping into their innate instincts and motivations. In order to fullfill our dogs it is important to incorporate play into our daily schedule. If our dogs are missing this huge box being ticked, it can lead to a lot of frustration based unwanted behaviour.

Play helps with:

Enhanced Engagement: Play captures your dog’s attention and enthusiasm, making them more eager to participate in training activities.

Positive Reinforcement: Playing games with your dog reinforces positive behaviors and strengthens the bond between you, creating a positive association with training.

Physical and Mental Exercise: Many games involve physical activity and mental stimulation, which are essential for a well-rounded full-filled dog.

Building Confidence: Successful play interactions build your dog’s confidence.

Creative Ways to Incorporate Play into Training:

Now, let’s explore some fun and effective games you can play with your dog to enhance their training:

  1. Fetch with a Twist: Use a game of fetch to reinforce commands like “fetch” and “drop it.” Incorporate short training sessions between throws to keep your dog engaged.
  2. Hide and Seek: Hide toys around the garden and encourage your dog to find them.This will mean they have to use their nose to help them find the toy which is more stimulating for our dogs.
  3. “Tug-of-War: Tug-of-war is a great way to fullfill our dogs due to their natural prey drive and innate instincts. We can also teach a “drop” command while providing physical exercise.
  4. Agility/Fun Courses: Set up a mini-agility course in your garden or on daily walks using everyday objects like cones, tunnels, and hurdles.

Tips for Success:

To make the most of play-based training sessions, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Keep sessions short and fun to maintain your dog’s interest and prevent fatigue.
  2. Find a high-value toy to motivate your dog during play.
  3. Be patient, especially when introducing new games or commands.
  4. Tailor games to your dog’s preferences and abilities to ensure a positive sessions.


Incorporating play into your dog’s training routine not only makes learning enjoyable but also strengthens the bond between you and your dog. Remember that every interaction with your dog is an opportunity to reinforce positive behaviors. If you are struggling to find a toy your dog will play with, check out Critical Impact K9 Supplies and use code revolution10 for 10% off all toys!

If you are experiencing any problems around lead reactivity, car chasing or barking don’t hesitate to contact us, we can help you on the journey to enjoying your walks once again!