They aren’t called man’s best friend for nothing! Having a dog can lengthen your life, lower your stress levels and just generally improve your quality of life.
Playing together is an important part of being together and having a happy, healthy dog. One thing pet behaviourists agree on is how important it is to play regularyl together. Aside from the bonding it encourages, it will also strengthen the understanding and respect between you and your pet.
There are plenty of ways you can play with your dog. Some games might even have the added benefit of teaching your beloved pet a new skill, or develop another. All you need is some imagination, some time and of course treats always help too!
One of the timeless classics is ‘fetch’. This is a wonderful way to teach your dog to follow directions and play a game which does not involve too much from you. With some practice you can even lie back in the sun and throw a ball (or any object) for your pet to return. Teaching your pet to fetch can test the patience of even the most patient owner! If you are serious about it most dogs can learn to participate in this simple game.
You will want to start off with one of your dogs favorite toys, and a treat. Practicing the ‘drop it’ command first will help ! Used together this can be a good way to teach your dog. Throw the item and when the dog brings it baack to you – shower him with praise. He will get the idea after a while.
It’s best to try these things in small sessions. Fifteen minutes a day of practicing the ‘fetch’ command and your dog should be able to get it right.
There are other ways you can play with your dog which arent as frustrating as the fetch game.
Games which encourage tracking and seeking out items are good for your pet too. You can hide a treat and then practice the sit command. On your command the dog goes and seeks out the treat you have hidden. Hide many treats and encourage them to find the treats as quickly as they can!
Every owner has special games that they play with their dogs. There are all kinds of vairations on many of the tried and tested games. You will have many of your own special games that you play together, just keep creative and remember that your dog is a puppy inside forever – they love to play with you!
Dogs are social creatures and regular game playing can bring out the best in your dog. There’s nothing like a wagging tail to put a smile on your face!