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Playing games with your dog

Playtime is essential to your dog's well-being, as is excellent nutrition and a loving home.

It provides him with exercise, stimulation, fun and great interaction. And playtime is especially important if your dog is left alone for long periods of time. Sometimes dogs cannot be separated from their owners and are likely to show destructive behavior when they are unhappy.

If this happens, give your dog plenty of attention to help offset your absence.

simple games

You'll be surprised how the simplest game can be a fun experience for your dog. Catching and fetching is one of the games that dogs love. Catching and fetching a tennis ball, a frisbee, a bat, or a stuffed toy, especially one that makes noticeable noises, amuses him. Maybe your dog might enjoy catching a football and pushing it back with his nose. And maybe he just wants to chase you.

This chasing game is also successful with water, depending on your dog's breed and his comfort with water.

If you use a ball as a toy, pay attention to its size. Make sure it is small enough that he can carry it in his mouth, but large enough that he cannot swallow it. Also, limit their number to a few of their favorite toys. Having too many toys often confuses dogs as to which one is a toy and which one is not.

More joyful activities

You may want to try playing a problem-solving game with your dog. Put a treat in the cardboard box and have your dog try to find it. In the beginning, use a box that allows easy access to the reward biscuit, and as you become successful, move on to a more complex box. Of course, you'll probably find tiny pieces of a shattered box to collect later.

Dogs also enjoy playing hide and seek. Take this game easy in the beginning. Hide a treat biscuit in another room, but leave it lying around. Leave your dog in this room. When he finds the treat, praise him and give him a treat. Games can be played inside or outside the house.

If you don't mind acting ridiculous, there's a game you can play. Get as close to your dog as possible, on your hands and knees. Bend your elbows, tilt your head and let out your most impressive bark. Your dog will tilt his head to the side and look at you strangely. When you bark again, the room may bark in response. Run a few steps and back towards your dog, crouch down and bark again. Repeat these. Your dog will understand the situation and this will turn into a play activity.

You don't have to be your dog's playmate. A social dog will enjoy getting together and playing with other dogs. These games include wrestling, exuberance, running in empty spaces, and exploration.

Tips for playtime

  • If you leave your puppy or dog alone for a while, go for a walk or play with him before he's alone so he has a chance to expend excess energy.
  • Education can be a game. You can teach your dog to come when you call him. Dogs learn to do tricks because they see them as play.
  • Do not use personal belongings or household items as toys. Dogs can't tell the difference between old tennis shoes and the new shoes you bought last week.
  • Make an effort to focus on your dog's needs, including playtime. If you can't do this alone, ask a friend or family member for help.

Don't underestimate the power of attention and playtime. Taking action allows him to burn off excess energy and helps calm his nerves and emotions. Your result will be a happy, fun-loving dog.

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