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Play with Your Dog!

Build relationship, confidence, and training skills—through play

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Playing with your dog is about more than just tossing a ball! In this class, you will learn what makes for good play—the kind of play that engages your dog mentally, emotionally, and physically. The best play does something: it builds relationship, confidence, self-control, and well-being. Really good play can be a method or reward for training, and fearful dogs benefit from play as therapy.

If you are currently working from or sheltering at home, you may be concerned about how your dog will handle the transition when you return to work. Developing both your play skills will improve the quality of your interaction, enriching your dog's life and sustaining your bond even when the quantity of your interaction goes back down.

This class works through multiple kinds of play, giving you a broad toolkit for engaging your dog and having fun together. You will learn toy skills like a safe tug, a happy retrieve, and a stellar toy release. You will also learn about making food fun (or even more fun!) and personal play that involves only you and your dog. Playful pups will develop the self-control to follow your lead, and less certain dogs will loosen up and get in the game. Join today to gain an exciting training tool for bonding, mental stimulation, sports, tricks, and obedience.


Your Instructor


Jessie Gurd
Jessie Gurd
Jessie has been with Dog's Best Friend since 2015 and currently divides her time between family dog training classes, dog sports classes, and private training in essential household manners. Through her youth, she rode competitively, always partnered with unlikely ponies and horses--and always valuing movement and fun in training. As a dog trainer, those values inform her approach to teaching, learning, and interspecies communication.
Between her three dogs, Jessie competes or participates in agility, flyball, parkour, nosework, TEAM, and tricks training. She is a certified dog parkour instructor and title evaluator through the International Dog Parkour Association.

Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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