6 Ways to Give Your Dog Choices | Pupford
November 6th, 2023
Filed under Pet Parenting
We ask for a LOT from our dogs. From learning tricks and cues to the food they eat, where they walk, and more. But sometimes, we should let them choose what they want to do!
On the Perfect Pup Podcast, we interviewed Emily Fitzpatrick and talked about A dog’s confidence can drastically improve its ability to learn, respond to cues, and feel happy. One tip that Emily mentioned was to give your dog more choice throughout the day.
Here are some ways to give your dog more opportunities to choose.
GIVING YOUR DOG MORE CHOICES
1. GIVE YOUR DOG CHOICES AT BREAKFAST
2. LET YOUR DOG CHOOSE WHERE TO WALK
Maybe you let your dog sniff around more and choose the destination, maybe you put your dog on a so that they have more freedom of movement (if safe), or maybe you just let them choose the path. If time permits, giving your dog more choices during a walk is wonderful for them, especially their !
3. GIVE YOUR DOG CHOICES AT DINNER
If you’re feeling up to it, enrichment meal prep like Kaylin, and make dinner more exciting by mixing it with a little , water, yogurt, and stick a tasty jerky treat on the top, then freeze. Here is a if you need more guidance. Then let your pup choose which one they want.
4. LET YOUR DOG PICK THE TOY THEY WANT TO PLAY WITH
At playtime, let your dog pick their toy. Give your dog different toy options from balls to squeaker toys, to tug toys and more. Set them out, and let them pick which one they want to play with.
5. LET YOUR DOG CHOOSE THEIR CHEW TOY
6. BONUS TIP: LET YOUR DOG PICK THE TRAINING THEY WANT TO DO
To give your dog choices during training, try capturing!
For example, if you're trying to teach your dog to lie down you might wait for them to lie down on their own and then 'mark' and reward that behavior. After doing that a few times, you can start adding a cue word (lie down) so your dog pairs the behavior with a term.
How do you give your dog choices throughout the day? Let us know in the comments!