If you and your dog are agility addicts like I am, I’m sure that you’re looking for fun and innovative ways to play with and reward your athletic dog. In agility, most rewards come in the form of food or toys, or a combination thereof. The problem, of course, is keeping the reward fresh and exciting.
In many cases, there are foodies of the dog world, who would happily gnaw on dry biscuits all day. But if your dog is a bit on the picky side, or require extra motivation, you may be trying to think of new ways to motivate your dog.
One way is to offer increasingly tempting snacks. Offering cheese, lunchmeat, liver, bacon and whatnot can be a real motivator. But before you start breaking out the filet mignon, remember at some point, you’re just not going to get better than what you’ve given. A better solution is to make the reward much more fun and tempting. After all, your dog may appreciate the cut of filet mignon you gave him, but did he even chew before he swallowed it?
The way to make that reward all that much better is with toys. And your dog is going to delight in some of the most fun toys on the planet that incorporate play and food all at once. Most of the toys here listed are what are commonly called “jackpot” toys. That means that the toy has a pouch inside it that your dog can pull open and get at the goodies therein. These toys have some sort of action with them – such as a tug, throwing disc, or some kind of puzzle for your dog to figure out.
I recommend the following toys for their ingenuity in both physical and mental stimulation – not to mention their overall encouraging interaction between you and your dog.