In the context of Play+, initiative encapsulates the process of leading the dynamic interaction during play. Whether it’s the Dog or the Handler, the one with the initiative actively guides the direction of the experience. This leadership role isn’t static; rather, it oscillates between the handler and the dog to reflect the fluid and reciprocal nature of play. The handler often takes the initiative in shaping the structure of the session and setting the goals, while the dog’s initiative is manifested in immediate action choices, adaptability, and providing feedback. Successfully managing the balance of initiative between dog and handler is key to ensuring a mutually engaging, satisfying, and fluid play experience.