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Playing with Your Dog

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There are Endless Benefits of Playing with Your Dog

Playing with your dog can be incredibly beneficial to your relationship with your dog.  Play is not only a fun activity, but it is also a way to develop an even stronger bond with your dog, which can help to make it easier to train them.  Developing a strong and lasting bond with your dog is also one of the most rewarding parts of being a pet owner.  Play can help you to do this.

There are tons of great games you can play with your dog.  Fetch, tug of war, and hide and seek are just a few.  Every game you play with your dog teaches them something new and often times very valuable to you.  For example, tug of war can teach your dog bite inhibition.  When playing tug of war the second your dog’s teeth touch your skin the game is over.  You need to stop playing immediately.  You are teaching your dog that touching your skin with their teeth is unacceptable.  This can be very helpful when you are trying to teach a puppy to stop nipping.  Fetch is also a great game to play with your dog.  They can fetch a frisbee, tennis ball, or any other toy they enjoy. The goal is to get your dog to bring the toy back to you.  Teach them an “out” or “let go” command.  You can do this by trading your dog a treat for the toy.  When they release the toy, throw it again.  This can prove to be very beneficial to you.  If your dog ever decides to pick up something inappropriate, you can use the out command.

playing with your dogHide and seek is another great game to play with your dog that teaches your dog that finding you is rewarding.  When you first start playing this game, hide from your dog and call their name or make some kind of noise to alert them of your position.  Then wait for them to find you.  When they find you praise them and give them a treat.  If another person is with you, have them hold your dog back.  Show your dog you have a treat, and then run away to hide.  After a few second have the person holding your dog let them go.  When your dog finds you praise them enthusiastically and give them the treat.

Games can also help to exercise our dogs both physically and mentally.  Exercise will help to keep your dog happy and healthy.  It will also help to keep them from becoming too bored and developing negative behaviors.  Boredom in a dog can lead to them finding less suitable ways to entertain themselves, such as chewing.   If you don’t have time to take your dog on a long walk, play fetch with them for a few minutes in the back yard.  They are still getting exercise and having fun.

Remember, not every dog enjoys playing with the same toys.  Find what your dog enjoys.  It may take some time to find the right motivator, but in the end it is worth it!

For more information on training options for your dog you can contact us at 866.200.2207 or email us at training@highlandcanine.com

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