There are a multitude of benefits to engaging in play with your dog, including:
Just like us, dogs have unique personalities and enjoy different activities. The key is finding the best activity that motivates and engages your dog. Here’s some types of play to try with your pup:
If your dog doesn’t play fetch naturally, you can teach them! Here’s how:
Tug is a great game both mentally and physically for your dog. Rules come with this game though, and it is important they are consistently followed so everyone can enjoy the game.
Sound familiar? This is the same game as you probably played as a child. Start by hiding somewhere in your house when your dog isn’t looking. Then when ready, call their name and see how long it takes for them to find you. This is good recall practise also!
Tag is a great game for fun, burning energy and recall practise. You will need at least two people spread over a manageable distance in a safe area for the dog to be off lead. When ready, one person starts by calling the dog to encourage them to run to them. Give lots of love and praise when the dog comes, then allow the other person to do the same thing.
Engaging in regular play with your dog will add happiness to both you and your dog’s days. Mix it up to add variety and don’t be afraid to get a bit silly to find out what type of play your dog loves!
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